As summer fades into memory and the air takes on a crisp edge, the Thompson Valley invites you to experience a new kind of magic on the Kamloops Wine Trail. While the warmer months may be behind us, autumn offers its own brand of enchantment that’s perfect for wine enthusiasts and explorers. Here are five compelling reasons to embark on an autumn adventure along the Kamloops Wine Trail:
1. Stock Up for Holiday Celebrations
With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s the ideal time to stock up your wine fridge with exceptional vintages. As the festive season approaches, the Kamloops Wine Trail becomes a treasure trove of wines that complement your holiday celebrations flawlessly. Imagine the perfect wine pairing for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. From the award-winning Riesling at Monte Creek Winery to Privato Vineyard & Winery’s elegant Pinot Noir, each winery offers wines that elevate your holiday feasts. Consider picking up Monte Creek’s Cabernet Merlot blend for its versatile nature, indulge in Sagewood’s award-winning Gewurztraminer with its aromatic notes that complement a range of dishes, or get a bottle of Privato’s Grande Reserve Pinot Noir for a truly special occasion.
2. Harvest Magic
Autumn is synonymous with the magic of harvest, and the Kamloops Wine Trail is alive with the spirit of the season. This time of year is busy behind the scenes at the wineries as they begin the intricate process of harvesting and the start of the winemaking process as grapes are carefully plucked from the vines at their peak. The expertise of winemakers shines as they transform these grapes into exquisite wines. Gain insights into the meticulous steps that lead to each bottle, and appreciate the dedication and artistry that contribute to the magic in your glass. When you visit the Kamloops Wine Trail during harvest, you can expect to see crush pads active with cellar staff, forklifts and sorting tables. You will also see workers and tractors picking grapes in the vineyards. You may even get to see whole grapes displayed on the tasting bar for you to discover how each type of grape tastes before it is made into wine.
3. Spectacular Fall Foliage
The Kamloops Thompson Valley undergoes a breathtaking transformation during fall, with vineyards painted in warm shades of red, orange, and gold. These captivating views provide the backdrop for your journey along the Kamloops Wine Trail. Take a leisurely stroll through the vineyards and witness the transformation of the surroundings. The combination of the vibrant leaves and the vines laden with grapes creates a picturesque scene that’s perfect for capturing memories. As you step into the welcoming tasting rooms, you’re met with the warmth of friendly staff ready to guide you through tastings. The contrast between the vibrant outdoors and the cozy interiors creates a harmonious blend of comfort and beauty perfect for the fall season.
4. A Personal Tasting Experience
With the summer crowds gone, autumn offers an intimate setting for personalised wine tasting experiences. Take your time to savour each wine, ask questions, and learn about the stories behind the labels. The winery staff, passionate about their craft, are eager to share their knowledge with you. Whether you’re a seasoned wine enthusiast or a curious novice, the relaxed atmosphere allows you to explore and deepen your appreciation for each varietal.
5. Fall Events
Autumn is a season of events that celebrate harvest and the Kamloops Wine Trail doesn’t disappoint.
Monte Creek Winery’s annual Sip & Shop event on Nov 18 & 19 is a highlight of the fall season. Indulge in complimentary wine tastings in the Tasting Room while perusing the Artisan Market set up in the Greenhouse. It’s a chance to enjoy exceptional wines and support local vendors in a festive atmosphere. And if you’re a wine enthusiast, don’t miss the unique “GET CORKED” event they have coming up Sept 16. This quirky event offers 5.1K and 10.2K run or walk distances, but there’s no need to worry about your time because it’s not a timed event. Instead, it’s all about enjoying the journey and the wine. This event sells out so be sure to sign up today.
This September, Privato Vineyard and Winery presents its final four Sunday Sessions, taking place every Sunday from 2-4pm on their great lawn and wine garden lounge. This is your last chance of the season to unwind with a glass of wine or chilled cider while enjoying free, live local entertainment. Then, starting September 30 – October 29th, immerse yourself in the charm of the season at the annual Privato Pumpkin Patch, where the spirit of fall is celebrated with cozy fall vibes, and family fun. Enjoy a wine tasting, walk through the decorated gardens and pick out your favourite pumpkin. The pumpkin patch returns from September 30 until October 29th. Purchase your tickets today.
The Kamloops Wine Trail in autumn is a captivating journey that offers a blend of wine, warmth, and wonder. With holiday-worthy wines, behind-the-scenes insights into winemaking, and the beauty of fall foliage, every aspect of this experience is designed to enchant and delight. Whether you’re strolling through vibrant vineyards, enjoying personal tastings, or participating in fall events, the Kamloops Thompson Valley invites you to create cherished memories and embrace the heartwarming moments of the season.