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Desert Hills Ursa Major

Our Team

Desert Hills Estate Winery is a two time recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for excellence in winemaking and the winner of Canada’s Best Red.

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.

"Desert Hills Estate Winery is family owned & operated. Every member of this team from the office to the vineyard is a part of our family & you can see that in the passion, dedication & pride each one of them shows" - Randy Toor


 

Randy ToorOwner / President

Like his brothers Randy learned the art of growing great grapes toiling in the vineyards themselves.  16 years after the very first vintage Randy's passion and dedication for crafting award winning wines have not faultered.  He has passed that onto his son Rajen & the second generation that will carry Desert Hills into the future.    

 

Jesse Toor
Owner / Grower

Unlike Randy who has taken on more of the business role in the organization, Jesse still finds his joy in the vineyards.  Managing over 80 acres under vine, Jesse & Anthony ensure that Desert Hills remains an innovator in vineyard managment & viticulture practices.  The brothers strongly believe that wine is grown, not just made.  That belief is very evident in Jesse's care for the estate vineyards.

 

Dave Toor
Owner / Production Manager

The youngest of the brothers, Dave looks after all things bottling, labeling, warehousing & shipping.  His attention to detail ensure that the quailty of Desert Hills wines extend all the way to bottle & finally delivery.

 

Rajen Toor
Owner Ursa Major Estate Winery / Cellarhand

Rajen is the second generation of Toor to enter the wine business.  He learned the craft from his father & the passion came from years of immersement.  His own label Ursa Major will be released in June 2016. When not pouring  with his partner in wine crime Chris, he can be found in the cellar with Anthony.

Shawna Dunkley
Business Manager

Shawna came to Desert Hills as a close friend & since has become one of the family.  Running all things business her dedication & passion make her invaluable.  She is the cheerful voice at the end of the phone & warm smile when being greeted in the wine shop.

Chris Temos
Marketing Director / Cellarhand

Chris is new to the team for 2016 but has been with the family for many years. His passion for wine & dedication to Desert Hills make him an excellent edition.  When not pouring wine for guests in the tasting room, you can find Chris in the cellar under Anthony's expert tutelage. 

Anthony Buchanan
Winemaker

Anthony's dream to be a winemaker, drove him to sell a successful business, return to school & move to the Okanagan.  Years later he has come to us as once of the most respected winemakers in the B.C. as well as an extremely humble addition to the Desert Hills family.