One of British Columbia’s emerging new and exciting wine regions, Thompson Valley, is home to over 107 acres of vineyards growing several known varietals like Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but also more rare varietals like Marechal Foch, La Crescent and Marquette. In 2018, the Thompson Valley was recognized as BC’s newest VQA Appellation, Thompson Valley. One of the most iconic wineries in this region is Monte Creek Winery.
Monte Creek Winery is located at a historic property on the south side of Thompson River. The vineyards benefit from semi-arid conditions with wind flow and sunshine during the growing season. The tasting room is a beautiful modern/industrial space with spectacular views of the Valley. It’s a perfect place to relax, enjoy a picnic or eat lunch on their Terrace at the restaurant, and enjoy a glass of local wine.
The 2018 Vintage was memorable for “wild weather” with a hot May and wet August/September, it was the coldest vintage at the winery yet. But, the result of this longer growing season allowed fruit to hang in the vineyard about a month longer than normal, created greater complexity in the grapes itself. Winemaker Galen Barnhardt uses low-intervention methods during the winemaking process including using wild yeast and minimal additives. The result, fantastic expressions of wine from the region.
A few of the 2018 new releases include:
The 2018 Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay | fermented 9 months French Oak | wet stone, caramel and lemon zest notes
The 2018 Riesling | 100% Riesling | fermented in stainless steel | clean fruit character, lemon, crab apple and wet stone
The 2018 Sparkling Rose Reserve | 100% Marquette (grand child of Pinot Noir) | strawberry with a hint of spice
The Sparkling Rose Reserve is extremely rare! You will never find a bottle like this anywhere in the province, country and maybe even the world. Monte Creek is the only winery that grows this grape varietal. If you are looking for a refreshing bubbles, be sure to snag a bottle or two of this as it will sell out! Purchase 6 or more bottles to receive FREE shipping!