Our next stop was Bella Vida, where you'll find another beautiful vista. It's an interesting switch-back road leading up to the tasting room, which they are expanding. Three winemakers bring a boutique approach to the Pinot production.
They also have a highly rated 2008 harvest, which produced a wine they call Gris-Ling, a mix of 80% Pinot Gris and 20% Riesling. It has a wonderful flavor and we bought some to pair with an appetizers and salad course at one of our wine dinners. Not that we consider ourselves experts, we're just in it for the fun!
Of course I come for the amazing scenery as much as the wine tasting, and my camera and sketchbook are always with me to capture some of the beauty at these wineries.
Winderlea Winery was our next stop and I loved the design of their tasting facility, which has garage style doors that open over the valley where their wine in produced. As we sampled their excellent wines, there was some mention that the winery might hosting food and wine pairing lunches in the summer...definitely something to investigate!
Our next stop was at Stoller Winery. We've been acquainted with Bill and Cathy since we were in an Investment Club with them
many years ago. They started producing wine in 2001 from grapes on the land that was once a turkey farm, owned by Bill's family. This winery is very environmentally friendly has has earned lots of certifications for their sustainability.
In addition to their excellent wines, the setting of Stoller Winery is amazing- a perfect place to picnic and play Disc Golf.