Desert Hills is nestled in the Black Sage Bench, an area near Oliver that holds vineyards producing some of the most awarded wines in the Okanagan. It is a family estate that has many loyal followers, and for good reason. Not only are they known for "big reds" like their Syrah and Mirage (a Bordeaux blend) but also their aromatic whites. The Desert Hills 2011 Viognier and Gewürztraminer were recently awarded the Judge's Choice at the 2012 Wine Access Value Wine Awards and their 2007 Mirage was awarded a Gold at the 2012 Pacific Rim Wine Competition.
The three Toor brothers that started Desert Hills in 1993 are proud of the wines they have produced from their 24-acre Estate vineyard, aptly named Three Boys Vineyard! Their new label with a majestic tree symbolizes their gratitude for such abundance in desert terroir, and a wonderful story is behind the label – be sure to ask them when you visit.
The wine shop at Desert Hills is open year round, and follows the family philosophy of enjoying local and seasonal fare, featuring merchandise from local artists. Lori King, Managing Director, says, “with the wonderful artisans in the area, we thought our merchandise should reflect this talent."
If you're visiting from somewhere else, you'll be pleased to know that Desert Hills will ship wine to many destinations. They now have a wine club as well, offering members first pick at new releases, library wines and also small lot wines that have limited production. Even locals should get in on these exclusive offerings!
Perhaps you are already a fan of this passionate wine family? Here's the latest scoop for you: this vintage's harvest will showcase some new delights in the Desert Hills portfolio, with a Rosé and an icon white to offset the iconic red Mirage.
~ Kristin Peturson-Laprise