March 7, 2024

Written by Jordan

6 Ways You Can Support Our Local Wineries

The British Columbia wine industry is facing an unprecedented challenge. With the recent years marked by wildfires, droughts, and extreme winter conditions, the future might seem uncertain. However, there’s a silver lining in the resilience and adaptability of our local wineries. As a wine lover, you have the power to make a significant difference. Here’s how you can support our local Thompson Valley wineries and contribute to a sustainable future for the wine industry.

1. Diversify Your Wine Selection, Embrace Something New 

Our local Kamloops wineries are pioneering the use of new hybrid grape varieties and innovative winemaking techniques to adapt to changing climate conditions and promote the sustainability of the industry. By experimenting with a more diverse array of grape stock, including both classic Vitis vinifera and resilient winter-hearty hybrids like Foch, Frontenac Gris, and La Crescent, they are ensuring a forward-thinking approach to winemaking. You can support these groundbreaking initiatives by diversifying your wine selection and being open to trying wines made from these unique grape varieties. This not only offers a chance to experience new flavours, but also supports biodiversity and the industry’s adaptability, encouraging wineries to continue their exploration and investment in alternative grape varieties.

2. Choose Local

One of the most direct ways to support our local wineries is by choosing local wines whenever possible. Whether you’re dining out or shopping for wine, opt for Kamloops or BC wines. This not only supports the local economy but also reduces the carbon footprint associated with wine transportation. Plus, you get to enjoy the freshness and quality that comes with locally produced wines. View Privato, Monte Creek, and Sagewood wines.

3. Engage with Wineries

Many wineries offer more than just wine. They provide accommodations, clubs, tours, and other experiences that can give you a deeper appreciation of the wine-making and what goes into the process. By engaging with these offerings, you’re not only enjoying a more full experience but you’re also contributing directly to their revenue streams, helping them to weather difficult times and continue producing exceptional wines. Learn more about Monte Creek and Privato wine clubs.

4. Advocate for Environmental Initiatives

Support wineries that are committed to enhancing vineyard biodiversity and employing sustainable practices. Advocate for these initiatives by spreading the word and encouraging others to support environmentally conscious wineries. Your voice can help raise awareness about the importance of sustainability in the wine industry.

5. Participate in Wine Community Events

Stay informed about local wine community events, such as tastings, festivals, and educational workshops. These events are great opportunities to learn more about the challenges faced by the industry and how you can be part of the solution. Plus, they’re a fun way to discover new wines and meet like-minded individuals who share your passion for wine.

6. Feedback and Social Support

Your feedback is invaluable. Share your experiences with BC wines on social media, review sites, and with your friends and family. Positive word-of-mouth can significantly impact a winery’s reputation and sales. By openly supporting and promoting BC wineries, you’re helping to build a strong and resilient wine community. Be sure to follow us and share your Kamloops Wine Trail experience on facebook and instagram.

Together, we can make a difference. By supporting our local wineries through these actions, you’re not just enjoying the rich and diverse flavours of BC wines; you’re also contributing to a sustainable future for an industry that’s a vital part of our local culture and economy. Let’s raise a glass to resilience, innovation, and community support. Cheers to the future of BC wines!

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