Thursday, 13 October 2011

Garden Club- Mini Wine Tour




Wouldn't you know after all the lovely Autumn weather we have had for the last 2 weeks the one day the Garden Club is touring local boutique wineries the weather changed to a rather windy drizzly day....... Regardless we had fun, we stopped first at Florence Estates Winery , met the new owners , a couple who have lived in Nova Scotia where the husband was the vintner for the Jost Winery...




Florence Estate Winery Pressing area


They are so excited to own this small winery and put their own stamp on it.  Andrew is looking forward to making his own wine..... while Michelle is    tackling the  tasting room and restaurant part  . They have many  plans for next year from musical days on the outdoor patio to  artisan / crafter days  ..... First we toured the pressing area and then the bottle and  vat room then on to the tasting room

Sipping
..........where we sipped , swirled, and sniffed  5 different wines....then had  lunch in the  bright pleasant  dining room that was decorated for the Fall season...... wonderful dining experience.


Such a simple idea to  place  tea lights in pumpkins  but so cute .
After a short drive we stopped at a new winery that just opened this spring called Burning Kiln which has already won   awards for a couple of their wines...... Burning Kiln is an ultra modern   facility   built on an old tobacco farm  ,  the main building is  partly an old   hanging kiln........ 

Burning Kiln   
With this tour we   saw the oak barrel room  , the vines  which are hand picked instead of machine picked and  the  high end  equipment from Italy and Germany...
More swirling, sniffing  and sipping.
Everyone loved this mini winery tour, rain or no rain ,was a great day.

5 comments:

Karen said...

What a fun way to spend a drizzly, coldish day. Looks like everyone enjoyed the tours.

Rosanne said...

This does sound like a nice excursion.

Muffy's Marks said...

Whoooooooooooooo sounds like fun, I'm betting you didn't give a hoot about what was going on outside.

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Hi Rosemary, What a fun club you belong to! I realized this morning that I sadly missed the monthly meeting of my garden club this Wednesday. It is hard when it once a month to remember the date.

Kim and Victoria said...

OK, that's my kind of gardening club; one that includes wine tasting!