Visit our Hendersonville location for a tour of the winery and a wine tasting at our beautiful vineyard in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Let our expert Tasting Room staff guide you through a tasting that will educate and entertain you and your guests in our renovated farmhouse with a spectacular view of our Sugarloaf Vineyard. After your tasting, enjoy your favorite wine by the glass or by the bottle on our veranda overlooking our vineyards.
$10 for a set tasting of 7 one-ounce pours.
$15 for a flight of your choice of 5 two-ounce pours.
Wine tasting can be broken down into four basic steps: see, swirl, sniff, and sip.
Pour the wine into the glass and hold it against a white background such as a napkin. Color tells you a lot about the wine.
For whites, if the color is darker, it may mean the wine was aged in oak barrels as is the case with our Harvest Moon Chardonnay. If it is pale yellow, like our Grüner Veltliner, Vidal Blanc, and Riesling, it was fermented in stainless steel tanks.
For reds, if it is rich in color like our Altitude 3400, it can indicate a younger wine. Red wines tend to become more muted in color as they age.
Different grape varieties have different colors. Color is a perceptive issue so don’t worry if you don’t see eye to eye with someone else.
You swirl the wine in your glass to increase the oxygen through the wine and to release its bouquet and aromas.
Bouquet is the total smell of the wine. Aroma is the smell of the grapes.
The “nose” of the wine is a word wine tasters use to describe the bouquet and aroma of the wine.
Smell is one of the most important steps in the process of wine tasting. We humans can identify more than 2000 scents and wine has hundreds of its own!
After you swirl the wine, you should smell it three times. The third smell will give you more information than the first two.
You don’t have to use pretentious words to describe the nose of a wine. It is what you perceive. Our wine descriptions will give you a start. If you sense something different, let us know your interpretation.
After time, you can memorize the way a Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grape smells.
For many, tasting wine is taking a sip and swallowing immediately. Proper tasting is done with your taste buds. When tasting wine, take a sip and leave it in your mouth for 3-5 seconds. This brings the wine to the temperature of your body and creates more smells sending info to your olfactory sense.
We perceive five tastes: salty, sweet, bitter, sour, & umami. All five can be found in wine, depending on the variety of grape and the climate/soil in which it is grown.
Sweetness occurs when wine has some residual sugar added after fermentation.
Bitterness usually indicates a high tannin content. Tannins are a sensation that frequently exist in red wines and white wines aged in oak. If a white is high in tannin, it will often have a bitter or astringent quality.
Sourness indicates the amount of acidity in the wine. White wines tend to have a higher degree of acidity than red wines, although there are exceptions.
Fruit and varietal characteristics of the grapes will be more smells, than tastes. Pay attention as the overall taste and balance of the components linger in your mouth. A long finish is usually a sign of a high-quality wine.