*I’m sad to report that Vintage Ridge has recently closed its doors to tastings as of April 1st*
A snapshot of the Tasting Room/Wine Making Facility
Vintage Ridge Vineyard and Winery is a small winery with big style. Vicki and Bill Edmands are hands-on owners who have really made their facility vibrant and welcoming. Vicki has brought the whole building and the bottles’ labels to life with her artwork. The tasting room doubles as the wine making facility. This is possible because Vintage Ridge only makes 1,500 cases a year. (For comparison, Barren Ridge makes about 4,000 cases which is still considered small.)
While you taste, you are surrounded by steel fermentation tanks and Vicki’s jester paintings. The windows of the tasting room let in sunlight, adding to the bright atmosphere. They serve refrigerated water in recycled wine bottles so you can cleanse your pallet and remain hydrated. The patio is picturesque with plenty of seating at tables and around a fire pit.
Tastings are served two wines side by side.
The tasting at Vintage Ridge is a pretty hands off and done with two wines side by side while you’re seated at a table. The staff seats you, pours you two of their wines at a time and leaves you to taste and compare for a total of seven wines. I love that they kick their tasting off with a wine named Maiden Voyage. On the first weekend of each month, they offer a premiere tasting which includes a food pairing for each wine, which we tried to replicate by ordering the tasting platter. My favorite of their wines was the Syrah that we paired with some sheep’s milk cheese.
Rainforest Cracker with Goat Cheese and Pepper Jelly to Pair with the Cab Franc. Honey Roasted and Salted Almonds to Pair with the Petit Verdot.
The descriptions of their wines on their website are hilarious. For example, their Syrah is captioned, “Gorgeous color with smooth lingering spices that make you think of the Summer on the beach in Spain; Mountains of Paella and lamb and the new Latin boyfriend.” Speaking of their website, make sure you double check their hours before you visit, because they are only open select days.
Vintage Ridge Vineyard and Winery is actually for sale, because the current owners are planning to retire to Georgia. I hope the current character remains intact, because I loved my experience there. Please be careful on your way to Vintage Ridge; their driveway is steep terrain. Until you visit some off-the-beaten-path wineries, you don’t realize that wine tasting could become an off-roading event!