Joy Road opens vineyard restaurant at Black Hills Estate Winery

Chefs Dana Ewart and Cameron Smith open restaurant at the Black Hills Wine Experience Centre.

Joy Road Catering has partnered with Black Hills Estate Winery to open the Joy Road Vineyard Kitchen.

Chefs Dana Ewart and Cameron Smith are well known in the Okanagan for their use of local products and wine and beer paired dinners.

They will open the patio restaurant at the Black Hills Wine Experience Centre to provide visitors with both lunch and wine pairing options.

Joy Road is creating a fresh new menu focused on Okanagan food along with a new selection of flat bread pizzas that have been carefully paired with each of the Black Hills Wines.

Joy Road will be based on site creating the food, and crafting the seasonal “cuisine du terroir” that they have become famous throughout the Okanagan for. From their inception of selling pastries at the farmers’ markets, Joy Road has primarily used local ingredients for the simple reason that they believe fresh tastes better. The chefs said it also sustains the farmers and artisans who represent the agricultural heritage of the area.

Black Hills Estate Winery opened the Wine Experience Center on Black Sage Road in 2012 and have been providing sit-down wine tastings on their vineyard setting ever since. Their knowledgeable “Wine Evangelists” guide visitors through the entire portfolio of six Black Hills wines with each wine being served in a varietal specific Riedel glass.

It allows visitors to taste the progression amongst the varietals and blends from the winery, ending with a tasting of their well-known flagship Nota Bene wine.

The Nota Bene is a Bordeaux-style Estate wine produced 100 per cent from grapes growing right beside in the Okanagan.

On June 21, Black Hills is hosting the 14th Annual Nota Bene release party. Enjoy grazing from an array of food stations carefully placed around the winery showcasing some of the wonderful cuisine from the Joy Road Vineyard Kitchen.