The fall is the most exciting time of year to visit The View Winery, as you are likely to witness winemaking happening right before your eyes.
At The View, everything from growing grapes to fermenting and bottling wines and ciders is done on site. Their tasting room is an extension of the cellar itself. More than just a wine shop, it offers an opportunity to see, smell and hear winemaking in progress. Toward the end of summer, as the crowds typically subside, the cellar comes alive with action and the magic begins.
“We start with our sparkling wines in mid-September,” said Kristy French, The View’s winemaker. “And we don’t finish with the reds and ciders until mid- to late November. Each varietal is on its own schedule, so we’re juggling from tank to tank and barrel to barrel as the harvest comes in.”
Guests to the winery in the fall season can enjoy a relatively relaxed tasting compared to the bustling summer months and come away with a truly memorable experience.
“We may not have time to stop and talk about it,” laughs Kristy, “but you will likely see us running about, with pumps and hoses. It’s not very glamorous, but it’s the ‘make it or break it’ time of year for us. It’s definitely exciting to see what the vines provide and what the new vintage will bring.”
While the 2021 harvest comes into the cellar, the winery is proudly releasing its 2020 Pinot Gris and 2019 Pinotage Reserve.
The 2020 Pinot Gris is luscious and full-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and rich notes of stone fruit, lemon, and pear. $20.95
The 2019 Pinotage Reserve is elegant and rich, with supple tannins and bright notes of dark cherry, raspberry, and spice. $27.95
Learn more at theviewwinery.com.