Fresh Off The Vine
Food Here are three great options to plan your next getaway in B.C's wine country.
Spring in Kamloops offers a vibrant rebirth across many elements. The landscape sheds its winter wool to unveil green hillsides, rushing rivers and the emergence of diverse outdoor activities. Kamloops has become one of the newest wine areas in the southern interior of BC with the opening of its first wineries in 2013. These wineries compliment an already existent cidery and brewpub and all locations will now be accessible by a newly created wine touring operation starting this spring. Farmer’s markets will commence in mid-April with two weekly downtown locations. For Kamloops, the development of agritourism has really been a catalyst in stepping back into the city’s historical roots. The agricultural tie to a community really tells the story of the community which tends to be a major motivator for travel – visitors connecting to a destination through its food culture.
Explore Thompson — Shuswap
There has been lots of excitement generated because of the launch of TasteFull Excursions – the first wine tour company to be based in Kamloops. In addition to providing wine tasting tours in Thompson Shuswap, it will also offer group tour services to North Okanagan and Lillooet.
The Thompson Shuswap region is considered to be an emerging cooler climate wine region. Privato and Harper’s Trail both opened tasting rooms last year and are producing outstanding wines that are receiving many industry accolades and are punching well above their weight for young wineries. The Thompson Shuswap region also has many farmers markets that will be open for business with a variety of vendors selling arts & crafts, foods, baked goods, artisan breads, and of course lots of seasonal produce.
Today I decided to meander through Kelowna’s Wine Trails. With over 25 wineries, it was nice finding the five routes mapped out for day-trippers like me. Visiting a handful of wineries on each, I got to thoroughly experience the distinct character of Kelowna. Earlier, I picked up my four-course lunch from Basket Case Picnic. It was filled with Farm to Table seasonal flavours, giving me a much better picture of the local culinary offerings. Luckily at my next stop, picnicking is encouraged.
I have to say, Kelowna is truly a remarkable place. Orchards, vineyards, local farms selling fruit and vegetables, artisan honey and cheese making operations offering tours and tastings. Plus, gorgeous wine-tasting rooms and boutique wineries. If you’re looking for unique experience that you can’t find anywhere else in the Okanagan, it’s got everything you’ll need to plan a truly memorable trip.