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Black Hills Estate Winery, Oliver

Categories: Wineries & Vineyards, Food & Drink
Inspirock Rating:
3.4/5 based on 200 reviews on the web
Black Hills Estate Winery offers a complete experience for lovers of brand-name wine. Go to the organized wine tasting and choose the option you prefer the most--what type of wine you want, and how much of it you want. Whether you go alone or in a group, every table has a tasting host who tells you about the farming of the grapes and the making of different wines, and who is available to answer any additional questions. Have lunch during or after your tasting session at the restaurant, or go to the small shop where you can buy wine-related gifts and souvenirs. Put Black Hills Estate Winery into our Oliver vacation builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Oliver.
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  • We had just come from several exceptional wineries that don't have a lot of flash, so the smoke wafting from the rafters, the DJ by the pool, the very trendy staff, all of it seemed a bit extra. Immed...  read more »
  • Wow, so good!! The tasting price is a tad pricey, $10 for 3 or $20 for all. BUT oh my, SO good!! All of it. Lol You sit at tables for your tastings overlooking the valley and pool/'water fountain' . W...  read more »
  • Black HIlls Winery is beautiful - there is a pool, several shaded gazebos and a stunning view of the wineries in the area. When I walked in and stood by the counter, as is customary at most of the oth...  read more »
  • Chardonnay was quite nice (a blend if I recall correctly but not entirely sure). I typically do not like an oaked one but it surprised. What really stood out though about this particular winery was the cold and pretentious service. Whether it was that they ask you immediately upon arriving if you have a reservation (it was at less than half capacity and there were no booked events on the day), or they have you state your intentions on which of their $10 or $20 tasting fees you will be trying, it certainly was cold. The building is "modern" and comes across like a brand that is late to the party on the exposed concrete, wood beam, steel architecture that was so prevalent circa 2005-10. The view is fantastic from the pool deck but when asking one of the employees if the pool is ever used, we receive a strict "no." The server we ended up with was also quite rude. When our group of 6 asked if there was a possibility of subbing out 1 of the 3 wines on the $10 tasting menu due to personal preference he said "no, just don't drink it if you like it." The Okanagan is rife with wineries as is well known. Some have a great view, some have great staff, others have a fun atmosphere, while others "educate" you on the wine, while almost all have a decent to great product. Let's put it this way...if you are planning on spending almost $1k on wine, as our group of six did on the weekend, save it for a place that doesn't charge a ridiculous fee (which can not be toward a purchase), has a warm and friendly staff and most importantly, has a great tasting wine. Heck! Platinum Bench was right next door with their fresh baked bread, great wine pairings and a quaint deck to sip and savour with a very lovely group of people who weren't pushy and cold. Going to Black Hills first made us truly appreciate Platinum and the other great places on the Bench.
  • Upscale tasting experience. Not your cheaper wine choice - they have some excellent quality reds.
  • Fabulous place, love the wines Beautiful views and friendly people
  • Very good wines (especially the carmenere) and nice view, but definitely pushy. You just have to push back a bit!
  • This is the worst winery I have ever been to. First of all the customer service is "the shits" they treat you with such disrespect. Our wine "waiter" was so arrogant that he put us off buying any thing from this winery. We ordered lunch and one of our party asked for a glass of water. His exact words " I did not go to post secondary school to serve water, if you want water it is inside in the cooler. The lunch was mediocre at the best, a piece of flatbread with three slices of tomato, some cheese and spices for $20. Other tables were brought a jug of water to the table, we asked again and were told again if we wanted water to go inside. I know this winery makes its money selling to the "Wine Club" so they don't really care if the public buy wine or not...this turned us off the whole experience, and will never go back, and will never recommend it to anyone, I have written a review on face book and have recommended everyone to repost so it goes viral. $68 dollars for two where only one of the party tasted the wine is the biggest rip off to the general public. So no kudos for this winery, in fact a big fat raspberry!!!!
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