A day trip to Vista D’Oro Farms & Winery in Langley, B.C., is like taking a step back in time.
I met with Patrick, a winemaker with old-world techniques, who introduced us to the farm overlooking the vineyard and an amazing view of the Golden Ears Mountains. Hence, the golden view or, for those with an Italian influence, Vista D’oro. Now there’s a name!
We toured the barnyard complete with resident owl and elegant chandeliers.
Then over to the antiquated boutiquey tasting room where we got to try a flight of five varietals from heritage orchard fruits and vinifera grapes all grown on the property. All available for purchase in the Farmgate shop in the form of either wine or preserves.
Speaking of preserves…do you know that there’s 101 uses for their preservatory preserves? I cannot describe them all in this post but I’ll give you a few samples.
I was already familiar with the ones sold at our local wine + cheese shop and used as a staple either on their own, or added to a cheese platter (2 uses right here, you’re welcome!). The fig + walnut wine was my go-to for a long time but I hadn’t had it for a while. I left with another jar and one peach with jalapeño + tequila which was excellent and for the first time I tried the small batch mango-lime salsa. I added it to a burger last night and let’s just say the burger was much better for it. They’re all excellent. Tamara left with the Driveway. No; not the actual driveway…It’s a bottle of red wine called “Driveway” (one of 3) but that’s another story.
Vista D’Oro is also famous for making delicious fortified wines such as the 2015 Walnut Wine and 2007 D’Oro Vin de Garde (with notes of current and butterscotch). We always learn something new. Patrick referred to the apple cider as apple wine. In the style of Normandy to Brittany, France – that is the correct name.
Ciders with names like “smoked tea” and plum brandy are seasonal and will be available soon.
Which means we’ll have to come back. I Look forward to that.