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Discover Why This B.C. Wine Region is a Must-Visit this Spring

April is BC Wine Month, and wine lovers from across the province are heading to the Thompson Valley's thriving winemaking scene. Find out why . . .

April is BC Wine Month, and wine lovers from across the province are heading to the Thompson Valley’s thriving winemaking scene. Find out why . . .

Get ready to indulge your senses and treat your taste buds because April is BC Wine Month! And this year sommeliers across the region are raising a glass to the Thompson Valley and the Kamloops Wine Trail.

This blossoming wine region is a must-visit for any wine lover, offering a thriving winemaking scene with a diverse range of microclimates and semi-arid conditions that provide the perfect environment for winemakers to experiment with exciting new flavours. Its unique character and charm also set it apart from more well-known wine regions.

Let’s dive in and discover a taster of what’s on offer this springtime, and beyond!


This spring sees the release of fresh new 2022 vintage whites, including a new wine from Privato called Sorpresa Bianco. This wine is a new mate to the popular Sorpresa (Italian for surprise) red blend and is made with a Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Frontenac Blanc blend. Another new wine to Privato’s collection is the Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend, a classic Bordeaux-style blend made with premium B.C. grapes. Privato’s exceptional quality and expertise make it a top choice for wine lovers’ wish lists in 2023.


It’s Harper Trail’s final season under existing owners, Ed and Vicki Collett, (we’re not crying, you’re crying). Be sure to visit their tasting room every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May for daily wine specials, happy hour with live music and a limited release of award-winning library wines. This is your last chance to savour and stock up on their incredible wines before they close under the current owners.


Dine al fresco and take in breathtaking views of the vineyards and South Thompson river at The Terrace at Monte Creek, re-opening in May. A local favourite, this outdoor dining experience will debut an exclusive library flight of wines this year along with a new selection of wine-inspired cocktails, and a seasonal menu that showcases the bountiful food that B.C. has to offer.


The region may be known for being less crowded than its better-known counterparts, but they sure know how to party. The laid-back vibe and truly welcoming hospitality—a norm on the Kamloops Wine Trail—creates an unrushed, friendly environment where you will genuinely feel like an important guest. Be sure to mark these dates in your calendar!

Mother’s Day Celebrations (May 14)

Mothers are a big part of the winery ownership and operations in Kamloops and deserve to be celebrated on Mother’s Day. Monte Creek Winery and Harper’s Trail will offer complimentary wine tastings and other treats, perfect for those special mamas in our lives. Privato will be featuring a Mother’s Day garden picnic basket with selected essentials and wine, providing the perfect opportunity for quality time together.

Kamloops Wine Festival (June 1 and 3)

Hit the road and make a weekend out of it—the Kamloops Wine Festival returns for its 25th year. Enjoy incredible value and hospitality in Kamloops as you sample wines and cheeses from all over the province. Get your tickets here.

Muddy Paws at Monte Creek Winery (June 3)

Muddy Paws at Monte Creek Winery is a popular event where you can take your furry friend out for a walk and enjoy wine tasting and fun competitions. All proceeds go to Kamloops SPCA—whether you’re walking your dog or just enjoying the wine, it’s a fun day to be at the winery.

Music in the Vineyards at Privato (every second Friday from June 23 until August 28th)

This is one garden party like no other. Enjoy live music and the stunning vineyard and garden scenery while sipping on award-winning wine (or cider) at Music in the Vineyards at Privato. Food trucks will be on-site most weekends, as well as haute cuisine. Bring a chair or blanket to fully immerse yourself in the sensory delights.

Wine & Wellness (stay tuned on dates)

If you’re looking for a unique way to burn off those calories, join in on the Wine & Wellness activities like Yoga in the vineyard at Monte Creek Winery and Sip & Spin (yes, a spin class and wine tasting combo!)—no need to feel guilty about indulging in some tasty wine and snacks.



Golfers, listen up! If you’re looking for a golf vacation that combines world-class courses with award-winning wine and breathtaking landscapes, look no further. This hidden gem offers unbeatable value, relaxed dress codes and a friendly vibe that will have you sipping and chipping your way through your stay. And with the Tee Times & Tastings Golf Package, you can experience the ultimate escape with two rounds of championship golf, tastings at two top wineries, and three nights’ stay at the luxurious Delta Hotel. The perfect place to sip, chip and relax. It’s a hole-in-one!

Check out these links for more reasons to visit the Kamloops Wine Trail and information on upcoming events, travel deals and more to inspire your spring trip to Kamloops. PS: Our advice? Book soon, as hotels are already filling up for the exciting season ahead. Don’t miss your chance to explore this thriving winemaking scene and experience a fresh new taste in your glass this spring!

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