Black Hills Estate Winery opened their beautiful Wine Experience Center on Black Sage Road in 2012 and have been providing enjoyable, sit-down wine tastings on their breathtaking vineyard setting ever since. Their friendly and knowledgeable “Wine Evangelists” guide visitors through the entire portfolio of six Black Hills wines with each wine being served in a varietal specific Riedel glass. This is a wonderful way to taste the progression amongst the varietals and blends from the winery, ending with a tasting of their well-known flagship “Nota Bene” wine.  The Nota Bene is a spectacular Bordeaux-style Estate wine produced 100% from grapes growing right beside you.  

The Wine Experience Center will be open to the public as of April 26, 2014 and will feature 2 for 1 tastings on the first weekend. You can also purchase a limited quantity of the 14th vintage of Nota Bene.

New for 2014, Black Hills has partnered with Joy Road Catering, a caterer well known in the area for their use of local products and delightful winery dinners. On June 15th the new “Joy Road Patio Restaurant” will open at the Wine Experience Center and provide visitors with both lunch and wine pairing options. Joy Road is creating a fresh new menu focused on Okanagan food along with a new selection of flat bread pizzas that have been carefully paired with each of the Black Hills Wines. Joy Road will be based on site creating the food, and crafting the seasonal “Cuisine du Terroir” that they have become famous throughout the Okanagan for. Their food offerings will be a wonderful compliment to the Black Hills wine and will create some experiences that I can’t wait to try!

If you are looking for an amazing event to enjoy this spring, then come to Black Hills on Saturday June 21st, 2014 and be part of the 14th Annual Nota Bene release party. Enjoy grazing from an array of food stations carefully placed around the winery showcasing some of the wonderful cuisine from the Joy Road Patio restaurant. Sample all of the different wines from Black Hills Estate being served to you by the different members of the winemaking team. Marvel at the numerous performance artists and musicians that are part of the ambience, rub shoulders with the vineyard manager and take a guided tour of the vineyards if you should be so inclined.

Tickets are only $159.00 and can be purchased by calling Black Hills Estate Winery at (250) 498-0666.

~ Cassandra Anderton