Through quality, innovation and sustainability, Monte Creek Winery in the Thompson Valley is turning unique growing conditions into award-winning premium wines. Visit Kamloops’ largest winery to enjoy seasonal al fresco patio dining, host private events, shop local products, taste award-winning wines, and take in the stunning river valley views.
While the focus since 2009 has been growing a strong vineyard, Monte Creek Winery invites guests to taste the wines year-round in the picturesque Tasting Room, or indulge in wine and food at the Terrace Restaurant during spring and summer. Monte Creek Winery has been open to the public since June 2015, with expansion plans to continue growing the business both locally and nationally. With an agricultural background, the winery team understands how important it is to have healthy permaculture (diversity in offering and land use) for successful and sustainable farming. We practice organic farming methods at every opportunity, an important decision that has everything to do with the livestock we raise and our proximity to the river. Cattle graze on native grasses, and in the winter are fed hay grown on the property. Who wants to eat chemicals? We don’t. As we transition to fully certified organic by 2023, we continue to grow our knowledge of the surrounding ecosystems and how to protect them. Learn more about our sustainable methods here. Monte Creek Winery is made up of 75 acres of vines planted at two estates vineyards, Monte Creek and Lion’s Head. A trusted team of on-site professionals manages the daily winery and vineyard operations. As staff are eager and excited to help visitors learn more about the Monte Creek Winery experience, please don’t hesitate to ask questions.
Monte Creek Winery’s building is a simple expression of place and purpose.
The building design was derived using iconic forms of the “Mission style” and regional barn structures. By repurposing authentic elements with the traditional tools and modern technology of winemaking, an Old-School-meets-New-School approach creates a place of community and celebration. Weathered zinc, concrete, glass, and steel make up the primary building materials used in this modern interpretation of Barn Architecture.
As a recurring theme throughout, the “River-of-Life” is reflected in the careful setting and building orientation that embraces the natural geography and climate. The Campanile/bell tower is an instantly recognizable beacon for gathering. Parapet gables and simple forms that characterize the region’s best historic buildings convey a sense of permanence and craft.
On the production side, Larry Ferar Gravity Flow helped to design our high-end cellar. The gravity flow system is gentler on the fruit and prevents shearing of seeds and skins, and is a low impact production operation, taking less fuel and energy to produce wine this way. The Monte Creek Winery team is always striving to find ways to ensure that our business practices are respectful of the environment and also support a non-interventionist approach to winemaking.
The interior design of Monte Creek Winery takes a straightforward, rational approach, by using a simple and modest palette of materials to carry an aesthetic that befits the architecture of the winery. The main gathering space is sheathed in birch wood to provide a warm, welcoming cue to visitors. Metal barn doors add an industrial accent, as does the polished concrete floor, aluminum tubing and perforated sheeting used in the retail area. A large custom chandelier in the main tasting room integrates the design elements.
The interior space provides a quiet, respectful background to the breathtaking views around the winery while elevating the experience of ‘tasting the grape’ in a spectacular setting.
Much like other wineries in BC, Monte Creek Winery’s vineyards are growing rapidly. With this growth comes the need for more vines across the province. When investigating our carbon footprint, we quickly learned that our most significant contributor was through the supply chain. Introducing a local option for vines provides both ourselves and others with healthier plants due to shorter transit times and a less negative impact on the environment.
A comprehensive infrastructure plan and design will see a traditional greenhouse also being used as a learning center for local schools. There is good potential for students in agriculture, agri-tourism, sciences, and more, to do both co-op and project-based learning. It’s important to the Monte Creek Winery team to bring the community together; we think this new greenhouse space can also celebrate other culinary arts and local artisans.
Our Unique Diversity
Livestock including goats, chickens and pigs share the winery’s property with grapevines and wildlife. Within 1,200-acres of land sits 75 acres of planted vineyards on either side of the Thompson River. A Tasting Room guest centre, greenhouse, horse trails, Black Angus cattle, rippling creeks, hayfields, and views of the South Thompson River complete the winery’s setting.
Besides the rows of vines, Monte Creek Winery has 2.8 acres of Haskap berries, a berry in the honeysuckle family that is native to Siberia. These berries are very winter hardy and produce a cylindrical blueberry that is higher in antioxidants than blueberries. To help pollinate these berries and more, Monte Creek Winery hosts several beehives, which produce delicious honey.
We have animal helpers at the winery; who, aside from being cute, play very special roles on the farm.
Pigs eat the leftover scraps from our restaurant that aren’t suitable for our compost program. Goats assist in weed and grass management in the fields, as they keep the grass mowed and eat invasive plants. Chickens play a part in our regenerative agriculture efforts in the vineyard by spending their days in chicken tractors.
A chicken tractor is a mobile chicken coop on wheels that give our chickens constant access to fresh food while they are fertilizing the soil and controlling pests. Our vineyard team moves the chicken tractors across our vineyard every day or every few days, so our flock constantly has fresh vegetation to forage. As we move the tractor around, the chickens leave their nitrogen and phosphorus-rich manure behind them.
Located around the winery are parcels of rangeland leased out to ranchers at Rio Vista Range and Robbins Range. This beautiful, wild, unspoiled land has potential for horseback riding, hiking, fishing and winter cross-country, making this wine country unlike anywhere else.