Bruce and Denice Hagerman, with new partners Gina and Trevor and their son Jaxson, are continuing to ramp up the quality of their wines. And for the first time in the history of Oliver Twist Estate Winery, you’ll be able to stop in for a visit, not only during the summer months, but now during the winter months as well. What better time than winter to sip some of Oliver Twist’s big reds.

Big reds? Oliver Twist does big reds? Aren’t they known more for their whites like the beautifully aromatic Oliver’s Choice Kerner and the sensuous French Embrace Chardonnay/Viognier blend?

Well now you can try the big reds in all of their winter-warming best. The new 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon will be released this winter, and you can try it along with the sumptuous Syrah, winner of an Intervin Gold Medal (and also the highest scoring red wine at the competition). This wine has a fabulous, beautifully dark colour with wonderful aromas of white pepper, black cherries, plum cake, and baking spices. While this wine is big on flavour, it’s not austere or overly heavy on the palate. “We’ve converted a lot of people who don’t normally drink red wine. It just goes with everything,” says Denice about the smooth and approachable Syrah.

While dazzling your taste buds with the wines, you can also take in the bounty of art on display and for sale in the wine shop. The paintings of Sue Whittaker, a new artist to exhibit her work in the Oliver Twist wine shop, will be on display throughout the winter along with a large collection of pottery and visual art.

Stop in to Oliver Twist Estate Winery for your first winter visit from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily or visit us online at

~ Luke Whittall