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Black Hills Estate


Tamara HagelTamara Feist



What do you do at Black Hills? 

I wear many hats. Oenologist, technically the wine scientist.

What do you do before? 

I did my practicum at Tinhorn Creek & Nk’Mip Cellars.

Where did you go to school?

Agassiz Secondary School, University of the Fraser Valley and Brock University

What is your education?

Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture and WSET Level 3

How long have you been here?

Since January 2011

Where are you from, originally?

Born in Chetwynd and grew up in Agassiz

Stelvin or cork? 

Each has their place. Stelvin has come along way. It’s more convenient when you want to go to the movies.  :)


Red, white, bubbles or rose? 

If a proverbial gun was to my head, I’d have to choose bubbles!

What’s your favourite grape? 

Pinot Noir

When you are not at Black Hills working, what are you doing? 

It depends on the season. In the winter I am usually binge watching a series. In the spring & summer I am usually outside as much as I can be. I love being at the beach. My husband plays golf and we both play ball so we travel quite a bit for tournaments. He also hunts so he got me into target shooting. I’ve also adopted a new Mantra: Memories over Money, so I plan on checking more things off on my bucket list!

If you could acquire a skill or talent with the snap of a finger, what would it be? 

The ability to heal.

What is something people don’t know about you? 

I am very uncoordinated

Sweet or salty? 


Favourite dish to eat? 

My mom’s turkey soup.

Favourite pairing ever? 

Gin & Tonic ( 😊)

Favourite Black Hills wine other than Nota Bene?

I am fortunate that I get to taste our wines from beginning to end, so I love our Cabernet Franc. If I have to pick one of our bottled wines, I would say our Chardonnay.

Guilty pleasure? 

Lululemon and loud music in the car. People can often hear me before they see me. I bought my car for its sound system.