Monte Creek Ranch Winery, Kamloops

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  • August 11, 2017
    This was our second visit to this winery and again thoroughly enjoyed it. The gal at the tasting bar was sweet. We bought a few bottles. One thing I love about this winery is that they always have had...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Change up the pace with a different lunch date. Enjoyed a wine tasting of some of their offerings first. Buy a bottle to take home of your favourite. Then enjoy a lovely outdoor lunch with the girlfri...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    I went for lunch with visitor to show off the view from the patio. It is spectacular! Beautiful patio, good wine, awesome view. The food though was pretty disappointing. I ordered the lunch special wh...  more »
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  • June 11, 2017
    Traveled here on a whim with 4 others. There was a wedding happening at the location, and the service wasn't noticeable affected. As soon as we walked in a lady greeted us. We looked at some wines and they were able to do samples even with the groomsmen and bridesmaids being served at the same time. The lady who served the wine was very informative and friendly. They wines were very crisp and had their own unique characteristics. A lovely winery, I hope to try the food next time I visit.
  • June 26, 2017
    This is an absolutely stunning winery with a fantastic restaurant, great views, cool merchandise and AMAZING wine. I normally loathe white wine but all of theirs are quite pleasant and their new sparkling wine is delicious! They have so many cool things to do out there and are even adding an amphitheatre to present cultural events. I highly recommend taking a tour or just stopping by for lunch and a tasting
  • May 21, 2017
    I have been to this winery quite a few times and every single time they wow me. The staff are very attentive and the wine is fantastic! If you are wanting to impress some family or friends I highly recommend the "hands up red" or "hands up white". The reisling I tried was a bit more dry than the average reisling but it was incredibly tasty. If you have time, I highly recommend sitting outside on their patio and enjoy a glass of wine and some of their fine cheeses. This winery is one of my favorite BC wineries!!!!
  • June 30, 2017
    I don’t’ see it. You’re supposed to look out the window, across the highway to the distant hill, and see a lion there. Not a real one, that would be crazy; it’s a geographical feature at one of the vineyards. Nope, don’t see it. I saw the right colors of that dress, but I can’t make out a lion shape on a hillside. I knew Monte Creek Ranch Winery previously from a bottle acquired from a friend. It was distinctive given it came with meat. That wasn’t a metaphor; it came with meat. I appreciated the gift, but I ended up staring bewildered at a bottle with a vacuum-sealing package a meat hanging off its neck. Yes, I am being flippant; it was jerky. This was a ranch first, but that didn’t change that for a long time, we just referred to Monte Creek as the “jerky wine.” My girlfriend and I were on our way back from Kelowna, taking a route through Kamloops when I glanced at my map and realized we were nearing two wineries. It was off a major highway so I was initially concerned how we would merge back to head west. They compensated for that, so all good. I convinced my girlfriend that after visiting 66 wineries since August 2016 we could stand to take in two more. It was in the afternoon, but given it was March, we didn’t expect it to be busy. And it wasn’t; we thought they were closed. Of course, the advantage is that we held the hosts’ undivided attention. This also meant the restaurant was closed. I still don’t see it. The most important aspect of Monte Creek Ranch…wait…can I just call it Monte? Oh my God, I can. Often, I condense long winded winery names to sound funny, but in this case, I can actually call this place Monte. Monte’s most important attribute may not be its wine selection as much as it’s latitude, being the most northern winery still utilizing grapes in Canada. The only other wine I know about is the most northern winery period, Northern Lights in my home town. Monte does utilize fruit, but there are grape varietals that grow in this unique climate. Prospective regions are given a score indicating how successful they can grow grapes. Kamloops squeezes in, but the climate is changing, and the potential growing potential is expanding. How long will it be before grapes become sustainable at higher and higher latitudes? They’re already growing in Norway. No joke, it’s called Lerkekåsa. Climate change is reshaping the reach of viticulture, and I await when my local winery starts planting grapes. And when other wineries reach up to compete around Kamloops, Monte will be there, already ahead of the game. And they sell meat. I was expecting a corrugated steel siding on a barn, not a bell tower and glass walls. This place looks amazing, almost like a miniature Mission Hill. It was strangely ominous being the only vehicle there, walking along paths seeing not a soul. We expected a locked door. The tasting was successful—I was impressed with Monte’s selection, with or without complimentary meat. When I told Doug Bell of Northern Lights that I had been to Monte Creek, he praised the quality of their Blueberry Wine, which so happens to be one of my acquired bottles. The bottle that came with the jerky was a 2015 Hands Up Red. The other two bottles we picked up the location were the 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir Icewine and the truly brilliant 2014 Frontenac Gris Late Harvest, a bottle they apparently no longer offer. The host was memorable, especially when she continually tried to help me spot that stupid lion on the hillside. Still nothing. I appreciate what Monte is doing; it’s succeeding brilliantly. Along with Northern Lights, Monte is a trailblazer offering something unique in a province under threat of repetitiveness. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Chardonnay and Riesling, but few are offering a Frontenac Gris, probably because they feel they don’t need to. Well, they are missing out, and so are you if you don’t visit. Where is that lion?
  • March 16, 2017
    Warm welcome, we had the chance to taste quite a lot of stuff ! Fell in love with the hands up white, what a delicious wine !! Wish we could have it out east ! Really nice place and products !

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