As the air becomes crisper, and the leaves start to turn from their lush green to vibrant red and golden yellow, Black Hills Estate Winery offers the perfect setting to take in the Okanagan’s picturesque landscape. Located at 4190 Black Sage Road in Oliver, BC, Black Hills Estate Winery is nestled amongst the vineyards, overlooking the southern Okanagan’s arid landscape.
With its striking architecture, Black Hills Estate Winery looks as good as its wine tastes. The region surrounding Black Sage Road arguably has the most favourable grape growing conditions in the country; therefore, it’s no wonder the winery has been awarded so many top accolades. Combine the unique terroir of the area with winemaker Ross Wise’s expertise, and you’re bound to come up with exceptional wine.
Black Hills’ wine certainly speaks for itself. It’s so popular that the winery is currently sold out of all their whites, except for their Chardonnay. The winery will be releasing more white wines in September.
“We’re so thankful to all the wine-lovers out there who are such big supporters of what we do,” says Black Hills’ estate manager Jesse Collins. “Our industry has been thrown many curveballs over the past two years, and it warms our hearts to have such a loyal following and such a great response to our new releases.”
Since Wise joined the Black Hills team in January 2019, the September releases are the first wines he crafted from start to finish.
The wines being released include: a Roussanne, a fuller-bodied white wine; a Viognier, which is floral and feminine; and their highly sought-after Syrah. Additionally, Black Hills is releasing a new vintage of Alibi with a newly designed label.
As of September 1, wine club members will have first access to the new releases. A month later, on October 1, they will be released online to everyone else.
However, those visiting the winery––wine club member or not––will be able to purchase the new vintages as soon as they are initially released.
Nota Bene Vertical Tasting
Something else to look forward to is Black Hills Estate Winery’s Nota Bene Vertical Tasting planned for this fall. For the 21st anniversary of Nota Bene, Black Hills’ most illustrious wine, Wise has selected 10 of the wine’s standout vintages for guests to try.
“We want to tell the story of Black Hills by tying in pinnacle events with vintages of Nota Bene we know are showing very well right now,” Collins said. “We’ll be tasting 10 out of 21 vintages, and although it’s going to be really difficult narrowing it down by half, I know the final tasting is truly going to be spectacular.”
The Nota Bene Vertical Tasting is taking place on Friday, October 1. With only 50 seats available, and with wine club members getting first access, now, more than ever, is the time to join the wine club.
Join the Club
Wine club members are the first to hear about Black Hills’ releases, and they get access to limited wines. Wine club members also get VIP Cabana Portfolio Tasting for up to three guests annually, as well as complimentary wine tastings at Tinhorn Creek, Gray Monk, Red Rooster, and Sandhill, and get free shipping on all club releases and orders of 12 bottles or more. For a full list of the club membership benefits, visit www.blackhillswinery.com/Wine-Club.
While visiting the winery, take the opportunity to try Black Hills’ new food venture, Tapas Gordito. This is the first year Black Hills has partnered with renowned local chef Jeff Van Geest to create Spanish-inspired dishes. Sip on award-winning wine while sharing flavourful tapas such as grilled radishes with harissa, yogurt and mint, or a tasty selection of Spanish meats, cheeses and conservas.
The team at Tapas Gordito serve up snacks for anyone who is enjoying a seated wine tasting from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am until 5:30 pm, until Thanksgiving.
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