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Fraser Valley Tour
2014

Vista D'oro Farms & Winery

Farmgate Shop & Tasting Room

 

Vista D'oro Farms is a culinary agritourism destination located in South Langley, BC on ten acres overlooking Campbell Valley Park and Golden Ears Mountain Range, just 45 minutes South of Vancouver. Its a very nice drive through the Fraser Valley to find this unique winery farm owned by Lee and Patrick Murphy.

Just travel east on 16th ave from White Rock you go by Township7 winery and Campbell Valley Regional Park turning south onto 216 Street going by Chaberton Estate Winery before turning onto 4th ave. A well marked sign will turn you south again and there you are. An amazing adventure awaits

Dedicated to providing an ultimate agritourism experience, Vista D'oro Farms & Winery grows heritage orchard fruits, heirloom tomatoes and grapes all of which can be found in the Farmgate Shop & Tasting Room. Here you find not only grape wine but Cider, Jams preserves, cheese and numerous gift ideas.

 

They have ten acres overlooking Campbell Valley Park and Golden Ears Mountain Range, 4.5 acres are planted with grape vines including three varieties of Alsation, Schoenburger, Siegerrebe and Ortega. There are test blocks of Pinot Gris and Leon Millot plus two acres of Marechal Foch. Patrick is expanding the grapes and has acquired vines from the plant health testing facility on Vancouver Island.  We will visit the winery a few more times this summer to see the progress of his vineyard and experiment varietals.

As we parked the car we were greeted with a cheerful greeting and wave by owner winemaker Patrick Murphy. We met in the Cottage style tasting room. Patrick took me on a tour of the vineyard will Barbara studied the gems in the Farmgate shop.

Patrick made the decision to to bring in Grapes from the Okanagan. He prefers to grow his own or purchase them from Vancouver Island. The weather has been good this years and his vineyard was bursting with vines progressing way ahead of last year at this time.

There are also some well aged Apple trees on the property and one huge walnut tree. Our first tasting was Patrick's Homestyle Apple Cider. A very dry old style cider It had a most interesting flavour

The Wines

Gewürztraminer 2012 A very good wine 100% grapes from Vancouver Island. Smooth with apple flavours. After noon delight 91

Murphy's Law White Part II a blend of 2009 and 2010 grapes The Name is printed upside down on the label. A patio wine 86

2012 Pinot Noir made from Cowichan Valley grapes Very nice Burgundy style wine 88

Franc n Foch 2012 A very nice wine good body nice aroma good flavour 94

NV Cryprianna simply wow bursting with a multitude of flavours. 94

2007 Doro Fortified Wine SO Good 96 The flagship of Vista D'oro, this fortified walnut wine is a blend of North Okanagan Marechal Foch, Central Okanagan Merlot & Cabernet Franc, Fraser Valley Green Walnuts and Okanagan Brandy

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