An Oculus was first used by the Romans in buildings like the Pantheon - a window in a dome or wall to the outside.
At Mission Hill, an Oculus provides the only natural light into the underground barrel cellar, blasted out of volcanic rock that is otherwise hidden from the world.
This complex Bordeaux-style wine is the result of meticulous selection in the vineyard estate with grapes that have been specifically nurtured for this rare wine. Hand-sorted grapes are gravity-filled into specially constructed French oak fermenters before gently laying the wine to rest in individual barrels. Rich and powerful, this wine was sourced from designated Oculus blocks in the Osoyoos (100%) vineyard estates from low-yielding vines.
Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
Mission Hill Family Estate was founded with a vision for the future of wine. Continuing our pioneering history, we use sustainable, organic farming practices. By supporting these practices with modern technology, our varietals thrive in the valley’s diverse soil profiles. Then, they are carefully aged with new and Old World techniques, leaving you with wines that echo the terroir of the valley.