Clos du Soleil is a winery with a difference. Instead of a tasting room experience, where the focus might be more on sales, the winery offers an immersive, multifaceted experience, wherein guests are encouraged to explore, not just the tasting room, but the estate itself.

There are no restricted areas in a biodynamic winery; guests can walk through the vines or visit the barrel room to ask questions. It’s about slowing down and lingering on a view or a sip of wine. To encourage this, there’s a new licensed picnic area where guests can enjoy one of the winery’s delicious locally produced picnic lunches with a glass of wine. And this all takes place under the shade of a big umbrella, while the kids can investigate the grounds.

To further entice guests, the winery is hosting a series of new events this season. Most are open to the public, although some are limited to wine club members. Recently, it held a Spring Celebration open house, featuring a selection of back vintages from its library.

If you don’t want to miss events like this, be sure to keep an eye on the website. And while you’re there, check out the details of the Verticale contest. You might just win tickets. This outstanding occasion focusses on tastings of the winery’s premier vintages from 2006 until the present. Space is very limited. The best way to ensure you get tickets is to have a wine club membership.

At the tasting room, guests will find new releases and small batch wines not available anywhere else. Here, guests are invited to enjoy the complete collection of wines  — sometimes even including back vintages and wines known to be especially age-worthy.

This is done to create a fuller understanding of the wines, and with the hope that guests will join them in a more dynamic conversation.