Black Hills Estate Winery is nestled within the vines at 4190 Black Sage Road in Oliver, BC. It is truly an oasis in the south Okanagan’s desert landscape. With its striking architecture, palm trees and cooling water feature, visiting Black Hills is like taking a trip down to California––without the travel time.
The region surrounding the winery is recognized as some of the best terroir in the country. Combine that with winemaker Ross Wise’s expertise and it’s no wonder Black Hills’ wine has also been awarded some of Canada’s top wine accolades.
This summer, Black Hills is releasing their Rosé and their highly anticipated 2019 Nota Bene. While the Rosé is a Black Hills Wine Club exclusive, the Nota Bene is available to the public.
The Nota Bene is an established icon in the province—wine lovers look forward to its release every year. The winery has been producing this celebrated red blend since 1999, and the 2019 vintage will mark two decades of tradition.
“This will be Ross’s first Nota Bene vintage that he created from start to finish,” said Jesse Collins, Black Hills’ estate manager. “With Ross at the helm, Black Hills has really placed an emphasis on sustainability and organic viticulture. This holistic approach to winemaking truly makes a difference in the wine we produce. We’re really excited about it.”
To be the first to get notified about Black Hills’ new releases, join their wine club.
Wine club members are the first to hear about the estate’s releases, and they get access to limited wines, such as this year’s Rosé. Wine club members also get VIP Cabana Portfolio Tasting for up to three guests annually. In addition, there are complimentary tastings at Black Hills, as well as at partner wineries including Tinhorn Creek, Gray Monk, Red Rooster, and Sandhill, plus free shipping on all club releases and orders of 12 bottles or more. For a full list of the club membership benefits, visit blackhillswinery.com/Wine-Club.
To learn more about Black Hills Estate Winery and get a look behind the scenes, check out The Cellar Series, a digital photography gallery showcasing Black Hills’ cellar. The series’ photographs are being released on the winery’s Instagram page, @blackhillswinery.
“We’re looking for exciting touchpoints we can share with our guests that really amplify the uniqueness of Black Hills,” said Collins. “I think most people wouldn’t initially see the beauty in a barrel, or a stainless-steel tank, but the images really showcase our cellar and the winemaking process in an elevated way.”
This summer, Black Hills has partnered with renowned local chef Jeff Van Geest to create Tapas Gordito. The new tapas bar will be serving Spanish-inspired dishes like true Spanish conservas, tapas such as patatas bravas and grilled chorizo in cider, as well as a selection of both locally sourced and imported charcuterie and cheeses.
“Chef has really elevated our culinary offerings to put forward something that’s more unique, but still absolutely delicious,” said Collins. “Our goal is to offer exciting, shareable bites to pair with our portfolio of wines.”
After a trying year, Black Hills is excited to welcome everyone for their summer season.
“Despite everything, we saw so much local support last year. It was really inspirational. We were touched by how many familiar faces were visiting us,” Collins said. “This year, we’re looking forward to people having the time to sit down, slow down and enjoy themselves. That’s what wine tasting in the Okanagan is all about.”
Black Hills Estate Winery is open seven days a week, with tastings starting at 11 am and ending with the last booking time of 5 pm. Reservations are strongly recommended. To book a tasting, or for more information about Black Hills Estate Winery, please visit blackhillswinery.com or call the tasting room at 250-498-0666.