I spent my Veterans Day afternoon visiting a vineyard before heading back to San Francisco for NASS 2014 which will run the rest of the week. I wanted to visit a mountain vineyard for a change of pace from other vineyards I’ve seen. I picked Schweiger Vineyards because it is a family founded, owned and operated vineyard. I like the idea of carving a vineyard out of a mountain wilderness and turning it into a family adventure running a winery.
This was also my first visit to a winery in the fall. The leaves had turned but had not yet fallen off the vines. The colors were spectacular.
For the cellar tour, we were accompanied by the matriarch of the vineyard dogs, Blitzen (a Christmas puppy… the litter was named after all the reindeer).
I really like taking barrel photos with the vineyard mark on the head of the barrel.
The olive trees at the gate made for great framing of the mountain vista.
The wine tasting was delicious. We tasted sauvignon blanc made from sourced grapes and the estate chardonnay, cabernet, bordeaux blend and port wines. Diana, the founder’s daughter and VP of Sales, ran the tasting and gave the tour. Her kids even stopped in to say hello making the experience feel very much like a family affair. Great visit and well worth the extra drive off the beaten path up the mountain road.