September is over, and harvest season has begun. Yes, there’s apple picking or pumpkin picking, but if you’re looking for something a bit more adult remember it is harvest season in vineyards across the country!
While you can never go wrong with a quick tour accompanied by some free wine and cheese, why not go bold this season and get involved in the winemaking yourself? It’s a great way for wine aficionados to try their hand at the craft and for beginners to wet their feet (in some cases literally). Whether it be picking, stomping or blending, vineyard tours give guests the opportunity to experience the wine making process with hands-on activities that go beyond your standard tour and tasting.
Join us as we take a look at just a few of the great opportunities across the country. And hey, there’s no reason you can’t drop by the tasting room after!
1. Conn Creek Winery — Napa Valley, CA
Conn Creek Winery, part of California’s famous Napa Valley wine region, has been a part of the California wine making tradition since the 1970s. The winery focuses on producing Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux wines as well as the blending of these varietals.
Aside from the traditional tastings, Conn Creek Winery also offers its guests a chance to experience the art of wine blending for themselves through the winery’s AVA Barrel Blending Experience. Perfect for everyone from novices to the experienced sommelier, the two hour seminar gives guests a chance to learn more about the Napa Valley region as well as Cabernet Sauvignon. Guests then sample from the 19 barrels within the AVA Barrel Room in order to get a feel for what appeals most to their pallets. Finally guests get to create a bottle of their own personalized blend to take home. Appointments available by request at online at $95/person and run Thursday through Tuesday from 12:30am – 2:00pm. Group sizes may be as small as 2 and max out at 20.