Desert Hills Estate Winery has quietly undergone some changes over the past two years. It all began with a new Port-style wine called The Ambassador, which won rave reviews. This spring will see the second vintage release of this rich, full-bodied fortified wine, which will likely be snapped up as quickly as the first.

Then came another change came with a new label design paired with a complete wine shop renovation to showcase the new brand. What else will 2013 bring to this family-owned winery on Black Sage Road south of Oliver?

It will start with a new Rosé. Made from 100% Estate-grown grapes, this will be one of the first new wines from the highly anticipated 2012 vintage. “2012 is going to be incredible year,” says owner Randy Toor, “it was a light, clean crop and the numbers were just perfect.”

Of course, the best place to drink a Rosé is on the patio. With the dust barely settled from their wine shop renovation, construction began on a new patio outside the wine shop that features beautiful vineyard and mountain views. The grand opening of the patio will be on May 3rd, during the Spring Wine Festival with a wine and cheese party featuring cold cuts, breads and cheeses. Of course you can buy a bottle of any one of their wines and enjoy them within view of where the grapes were grown.

~ Luke Whittall