We employ about 9 people full-time and another 20 or so people part-time or seasonally. We also contract the services of crews to help prune vines and pick grapes.
No, we're open! The tasting room greets visitors and hosts a number of special events. Our marketing people meet with distributors, visit wine retailers, conduct tastings and prepare the year’s promotional programs. The vineyard team focuses on annual maintenance of equipment. Our winemaker and his team remain very busy throughout the winter, monitoring and crafting the next series of wines and preparing them for bottling and release.
About 40% of our guests visit on Saturdays, our busiest day throughout the year. Although we do receive large groups on other days, we would recommend to weekend travelers to visit on Sunday if at all possible, or on any weekday, with Tuesdays and Wednesdays being the quietest.
We have a Bernese Mountain Dog, Hedy, named for a favorite Swiss aunt of Art. Hedy was found by Joyce in a shelter. The Bernese Mountain Dog was one of the breeds from which the St. Bernard was developed. At maturity, they weigh over 100 lbs., and have a very patient and sweet disposition. We also have a Great Dane, Molly, and a Rat Terrier, Mouse. For photos of Hedy, Molly and Mouse, check out our Pets' Page!