For the first time since 2016, Cypress Hills Winery has once again opened their gates to the public.
The move comes after the winery changed ownership back in 2020.
The new owner, Kathryn Reesor, said that for the last two years, work has been underway in preparation to open the new location.
“We built a new building just South of the Highway 1 and 21 junction,” she stated. “It took a little longer than we had anticipated, but it was complete and ready to go here last fall and we got our permits just before Christmas and opened the door.”
Though never on this scale before, Reesor has been making wine at home for many years.
She added that when the winery went up for sale, all of the pieces seemed to fall into place.
“It just kind of all came together,” she said. “My uncle has this piece of land and was looking for some ideas of things that might be profitable here and make sense for the area and the community, and this is already an established local business. So, it was one of the ideas that came to us as a potential for it, and it ended up being the one we went with.”
Despite the new location and ownership, consumers don’t have to worry about their favourite wines tasting any differently.
“We purchased all of the equipment, all of the recipes, everything existing as it was, just not the actual location itself,” she elaborated. “(The previous owners) were hands-on with me for the last two years, getting me going on all of the recipes as well as we did develop together a new one, that we launched in December of 2021, the Haskap wine.
“It's been a great transition. They were so great to work with and educate me on how they had done everything so we can be consistent and provide the same products that people have loved for almost 20 years.”
Reesor added that it was important to her for the space to be available to the public.
“I think that that was the biggest draw for the business itself, was people that could come and sit on the patio and enjoy an afternoon socializing and visiting and having some wine samples,” she stated. “It helps drive the sales, it drives the economy, and it's a unique experience. Who's expecting this in southern Saskatchewan to come and have wine at a winery, it's kind of a novelty too.”
The new location can be found about 25 kilometres southeast of the previous location.
During the winter, guests can take advantage of an indoor seating area, explore the gift shop featuring a variety of wine-related and charcuterie items, taste test wine, or enjoy a flatbread pizza, charcuterie boards, salads and more.
Two different outdoor patio areas are set to open in the spring/summer.
“We're going to work on getting the yard developed a little bit more as the time goes on, so there'll always be something new to see over the years if people come back to visit,” Reesor added. “As for this year itself, we just want to get open and get people coming in and enjoying the patio, learning about the fruit wines and hopefully taking some home with them.”
The current hours for Cypress Hills Winery are as follows:
Thursday – 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday –11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday –11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.