Winemakers in Area P are feeling pretty good these days after the 37th annual All Canadian Wine Championships in Ontario.
Monte Creek Ranch Winery and Harper’s Trail Estate Winery accumulated an astounding eight medals in a competition that included 1,401 wines from across the country. Monte Creek Ranch Winery’s tasting room and sales centre are located in Area L but it also has vineyards across the South Thompson River in Area P.
Privato Vineyard on Westsyde Road in Kamloops also won a medal.
Twenty wine judges from six provinces judged entries over three days to determine the top wines in several categories sorted by grape variety and price. Wines were scored on a 100-point scale and awarded medals accordingly. The All Canadian Wine Championships is the oldest national wine competition.
“Wine competitions and professional reviews can hold a lot of weight in our industry,” said Trish Morelli, executive director for the Kamloops Wineries Association. “To see our young Kamloops wineries do so well in a national competition of this calibre is a real testament to the talent of our winemakers and the quality of wine coming out of the emerging Thompson Valley wine region.”
Here’s the list of local winners:
Gold: Monte Creek Ranch Winery 2014 Ranch Hand Red Reserve
Gold: Harper’s Trail Estate Winery 2015 Cabernet Franc
Gold: Privato Vineyard and Winery 2014 Tesoro Pinot Noir. Woodward Collection
Silver: Monte Creek Ranch Winery 2014 Cabernet Merlot
Silver: Harper’s Trail Estate Winery 2016 Pioneer Block Riesling
Bronze: Harper’s Trail Estate Winery 2016 Silver Mane Riesling
Bronze: Harper’s Trail Estate Winery 2016 Rose
Bronze: Monte Creek Ranch Winery 2016 Hands Up White