Have you ever paid a visit to somewhere that has instantly stolen your heart? That’s how we feel about Vista D’oro in South Langley. Patrick & Lee Murphy have turned an abandoned dairy farm property into one of the most relaxing, delicious places in the Fraser Valley.
After purchasing the land and building a new home a few years ago, Patrick & Lee were inspired by a trip to Paris which introduced them to the idea of farmhouses. Excited by this new idea, they set to work on growing culinary herbs and heirloom tomatoes. For the first while they hit the local farmers market scene, which is where they eventually launched Vista D’oro’s Artisanal Preserves. These preserves are unlike any other you’ve tried. Rhubarb & Vanilla, Pink Grapefruit & Champagne, Green Tomato with Garam Masala, Blueberry & Burboun… sound good, yes? Most of the ingredients for everything they produce is grown on their own land. A large greenhouse is home to baby tomato plants and culinary herbs grown nearby. Fruit trees are scattered throughout the property and large walnut trees outside their home are grand and fruitful.
Patrick says his passion is the whole growing cycle, from planting to picking to creating delicious food and wine from what is grown on their property. He has created some absolutely delicious and unique wines. Their D’oro is a fortified walnut wine and you must try it! Although home to dozens of varieties of fruit trees, the first grapes were planted on the property just three years ago with the first harvest expected next year. Exciting! Plans for the historic barn, pictured below, include a new winery tasting room. We can’t wait to see how it will be transformed over the next few years!
In the Vista D’oro Farmgate Shop & Winery you’ll find their wines and preserves, along with fresh breads, cheeses, chocolates, honey, gourmet frozen meals and so much more, most of which is from local producers. Lee graduated from culinary school a few years ago and you’ll always find fresh baked treats of some description waiting for you to take them home. We recently enjoyed Lee’s chocolate chip cookies and may or may not have eaten the entire bag without sharing.
A complete agritourism destination, Vista D’oro is a wonderful place to visit. Find some time this Spring & Summer to take a drive down to South Langley, taste the fabulous wines and tasty preserves. Pick up some fresh tomato plants, some herbs to compliment your cooking and some delicious treats from other locals such as Honeyview Farms, Goat’s Pride Dairy, Terra Breads, Farmhouse Natural Cheeses and so many others. Vista D’oro is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10AM – 4PM.
Thank you Lee & Patrick for the tour of your lovely property and letting us introduce our readers to Vista D’oro!
20856 4th Avenue, Langley