(pictured: Properietor/winemaker George in his wine/man cave.)
After a full year of using the new wine caves, George Hanson is eager to include it as part of a unique new guided tour experience at Seven Stones.
The tour begins where the wine does – in the vineyard – and follows its progress from there. Guests will be able to learn about what makes the vineyards at Seven Stones a truly special place for grape growing. From the vineyard, guests will then get to see the winery where the grapes are brought in during the harvest for crushing and fermentation into wine. The tour then descends down into the caves where guests will get to see the many features of this very special facility. No experience in the caves would be complete without a tasting of wine right from the barrel that will finish off the tour.
These exclusive 45-minute tours will be offered hourly on Saturdays only from 10:30am to 4:30pm and cost $20 per person. With a maximum of only 8 people on each tour, it is highly recommended to phone ahead to schedule your own tour.
Always a popular feature in the wine shop, the Row 128 Merlot 2011 is quickly becoming the flagship wine for Seven Stones. “It’s really trending now,” says George. 2011 was a vintage full of tough decisions, including dropping off 60% of the fruit for the Merlot. Tasting the wine, it’s clear that George is happy with his vineyard decisions. It displays huge aromas of plums, vanilla, cocoa, dark cherries, and fresh mint leaves with a palate delivering smooth dark fruits and herbal notes on a long, lingering finish.
To book your own tour of the caves, please phone 250-499-2144.
~ Luke Whittall