Forging a new era of exploration for the Thompson Valley, Monte Creek Ranch offers the next frontier in winemaking.

Kamloops’ largest winery (just a 10 minute drive outside City limits off Highway 1) featuring seasonal al fresco patio dining, wine inspired shopping and stunning river valley views. Taste award-winning wines while taking in the beautiful South Thompson Valley and mountain sides.

Produced right here in the Thompson Okanagan are: Riesling, Cabernet Merlot, Frontenac Gris, Foch, Red and White Hands Up blends.

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While the focus since 2009 has been growing a strong vineyard and raising healthy animals, the winery is open to the public, year round, with our inviting Tasting Room. The Winery itself has been open to the public for 5 years as of June 2020, with expansion plans to continue growth of the brand both locally and nationally.The Monte Creek Winery team welcomes wine lovers and farm fresh food fans to taste our wine, grass fed beef, all natural honey, haskap berry jam and more.Our ranch has 75 acres of vines planted at two estates vineyards, Monte Creek and Lion’s Head, as well as a herd of cattle, and horses.

With an agricultural background, the family 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.

Monte Creek Ranch is owned by a local BC family. While the family’s hands are in every aspect of the business, they also have a trusted team of on-site professionals to manage daily winery and ranch operations.

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The Architecture

Monte Creek Ranch Winery building overlooking the South Thompson River

The architecture of Monte Creek Ranch Winery is a simple expression of place and purpose — a way of marking settlement. The rugged site above the South Thompson River and across from Lion’s Head Mountain dictated a pragmatic use of form and materials. The design concept evolved from the site’s rural roots, marking an historic place of shelter, community and work — thus the name of the winery.

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 meet New-School approach creates a place of community and celebration.

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.

Weathered zinc, concrete, glass and steel are the primary building materials used in this modern interpretation of “Barn Architectur.” This authentic rural form respects its function and historic roots — the horse stall, the tractor garage, the cowboy dance hall, and a container for the harvest.

The Interiors

The interior design of the Monte Creek Ranch takes a straightforward, rational approach by using a simple but modest palette of materials to carry an aesthetic that befits the architecture of the winery.

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The main gathering space is organized around an abstract aedicule, sheathed in birch plywood 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 of Ranch with Winery: aluminum ‘lassos’ swirl around a set of acrylic ‘spurs’ that hang from acoustic panels made of cork.

All in all, this is about an interior space that provides a quiet, respectful background to the breathtaking views around the winery while elevating the experience of ‘tasting the grape’ in a spectacular setting.