Kamloops wineries received a solid thumbs up at the 2016 Best of B.C. Varietal Wine Awards presented in Penticton Thursday with all three wineries bringing home medals in various wine categories.
Competing against other B.C. wineries, the Kamloops vintners were honoured with the following four medals:
- Best in Category: Monte Creek Ranch Winery for 2015 Frontenac Gris.
- Silver Medal: Harper’s Trail for 2014 Cabernet Franc.
- Silver Medal: Harper’s Trail for 2013 Pinot Gris.
- Silver Medal: Privato for 2013 “Fedele” Pinot Noir.
“This is great news for our local wineries, and once again shows the depth and quality of wines being produced here in Kamloops.” said Trish Morelli, executive director of the Kamloops Wineries Association. “These newest awards top off what has already been a great start to the season, as we gear up for what we hope to be another record breaking year.”
It’s also good news for Kamloops Wine Festival, which begins Wednesday, May 4, and features local wines prominently in its calendar of events.
Marking the official launch of the 22nd Spring Okanagan Wine Festival, the competition featured 24 different varietal categories, with a record total of 567 wines entered. Within each of the categories, the judges narrowed the selection down to 122 finalists ultimately selecting best in category, gold and silver medal winners. Judges are chosen from the trade and include renowned sommeliers, restaurateurs and recognized wine media from across western Canada.
Erik Fisher, General Manager for Monte Creek Ranch comments on their win.
“Winning Gold this month in the Best of B.C. wine awards for our 2015 Hands Up White, and now Gold this in the Best of Varietal wine awards for our 2015 Frontenac Gris, is a great testament to our focus and passion here at Monte Creek Ranch to produce exceptional wines that reflect this great growing region," said Erik Fisher, general manager at Monte Creek Ranch.
The grapes were grown locally and highlight both the talent of winemaker Galen Barnhardt, he added.
Kamloops Wineries Association is a not-for-profit organization that brings together member wineries under one umbrella to promote and market the wine region foster a positive atmosphere for wine tourism.