Our featured winemaking journey, The Winemaking Experience, combines our knowledgeable staff, hands-on training, and a group of oenophiles, into a series of engaging sessions designed to turn you into a winemaker. You’ll be guided every step of the way and with our American Wine Society Certified Judges, you can guarantee that your unique, handcrafted wine will be the toast of the town. The Winemaking Experience ensures that anyone - beginner or expert - has the opportunity to learn and create the age-old art of winemaking.
Our most popular event on the winemaking journey, Sampling the Wine, allows you to sample your favorite wines while discovering your new favorites. Barrel sampling is the perfect opportunity to learn more about wine and understand the unique process that gives each wine its distinct flavor. During this phase of your winemaking journey, you will taste wines as they continue through their barrel development. Sampling the wine is a great first step in your winemaking journey.
Racking is the process by which the suspended material (yeast cells, particles of skins, etc.) is removed from your wine after fermentation. However, some wines will deposit their suspended material quickly.
This is particularly true when 50-gallon wooden barrels, which have greater surface-to-volume ratios than larger containers, are used. The rough wood interiors help the wine to shed any suspended materials.
This is an optional step, but we highly encourage our winemakers to be present during the racking of their own barrels.