Desert Hills Estate Winery

About

"We believe that we must “grow” wine. We started as farmers, and know that great wines can only be achieved with wonderful grapes.

Location Description

This family owned, boutique winery is ideally located on some of the most sought after terroir in the Okanagan, that of the Black Sage Bench, outside Oliver, BC. Sitting on 24 acres of some of the finest vineyards on the Bench, this award winning Okanagan Winery is situated between Black Hills and Burrowing Owl wineries – an ideal provenance for the grapes.

Contact

Fax: (250) 498-3015

Features

  • Award Winning, Boutique Estate Winery.

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The Team

Starting as growers, the Toor brothers learned the business literally, from the ground up.

Randy, Jessie and Dave Toor learned wine in the vineyards, and this serves as the background of their philosophy in making great wine – memorable, award winning wines can only be achieved with wonderful grapes.

Great philanthropists, the Toor family donates proceeds from winery tastings to building and maintaining a sports stadium in India. Annual tournaments take the family back to celebrate their ongoing commitment.

Practices & Techniques

When we purchased the Estate, we planted vines that would prosper on that particular vineyard, and this is a philosophy that we carry on with all of our vineyards. We grow the grapes that grow best in each vineyard.

We also craft wines that are representative of the terroir, with a balanced elegance that can only be achieved through a seamless collaboration between winegrowing and winemaking.”

Estate Vineyards / AVA

We planted the first Syrah vines in the South Okanagan, on? our Estate “Three Boys Vineyard” and now farm two other ?vineyards on the Black Sage Bench. Throughout the south Okanagan, we farm five? vineyards and have over 70 acres under vine.

The Black Sage Bench is renowned for its long, hot summer days and sandy soils that concentrate the flavors in the grapes, and its gentle cool evenings that round the complexity of each variety. The moderating effect of the Okanagan River on the lower western edge of the Estate vineyard is also a natural deterrent against October frost.

Estate Vineyard – Three Boys Vineyard, Black Sage Bench

This estate was purchased by our family in 1989 and with an extensive planting effort, strategically determining where each grape varietal grows best, with our first production in 1996. Today the vineyard is home to award winning Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, Malbec, Merlot, Zinfandel and Pinot Gris.

Our family has hand selected this gentle east to west sloping property for is natural attributes to potentially deliver some of Canada’s finest grapes.

SageBrush Vineyard – Black Sage Bench

Also located on Black Sage Road, this vineyard benefits from long, hot summer days and moderating cool nights. The 2012, first vintage will produce Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and small amounts of Gewurztraminer.

Eagle’s Nest Vineyard – Black Sage Bench

Adjacent to SageBrush Vineyard, this vineyard produces Merlot with small quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Our icon red, Mirage, benefits from these high quality, low yield grapes.

Sira’s Vineyard – Osoyoos

Our Viognier is sourced from this vineyard, on the banks of Lake Osoyoos. The cooling evenings allow the fruit long hang time, developing the characteristic aromatics of this grape.

NightHawk Vineyard – Okanagan Falls

Sitting at a higher elevation than our other vineyards, our NightHawk produces our Gewurztraminer, which achieves a subtle elegance by nature of the vineyard’s position.

Awards

2008 Desert Hills Mirage

DOUBLE GOLD – 2013 New World Wine Competition

GOLD – 2012 Los Angeles International Wine Competition

GOLD – All Canadian Championship

92 POINTS – John Schreiner

2009 Desert Hills Syrah

BEST OF CLASS – LA International Wine Competition

DOUBLE GOLD – LA International Wine Competition

94 points – LA International Wine Competition

2012 Desert Hills Viognier

JUDGES’ CHOICE – Wine Access International Value Wine Awards

89 POINTS – John Schreiner

2013 Desert Hills Gewurztraminer

OVERALL BEST WINE OF CANADA – All Canadian Wine Championship

DOUBLE GOLD – All Canadian Wine Championship

BEST OF CLASS – All Canadian Wine Championship

2013 Desert Hills Gamay

GOLD – All Canadian Wine Championship

2013 Desert Hills Cactus White

BEST OF CLASS – Northwest Wine Summit

GOLD – Northwest Wine Summit

2011 Desert Hills Cabernet Franc

GOLD – Riverside International Wine Competition

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Hours

Daily: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Address

4078 Black Sage Road
Oliver, British Columbia V0H 1T1
Canada

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