Monday, Oct. 10, 2016
While the grounds of this vineyard are stunning and their wine was good, their service was lacking. A group of ten of us went to the vineyard intending to do a wine tasting at the vineyard. We emailed the vineyard ahead of time to see if we could make a reservation for a wine tasting since we had a rather large group, however, we received an email back claiming that they did not offer reservations for the wine tastings. So that was fine with us, we just figured that we would go there and do the tasting, even if there was a wait. We then get there and go to buy tickets and are told that we cannot buy tickets for the tasting because the tasting bar has too many people at it at the moment. The woman then tells us to check back in twenty minutes as they sell tickets on a first come, first serve basis and that you can't purchase tickets ahead of time. The woman then suggests we buy a bottle of wine, so we do. After twenty minutes passes by, someone from our party goes back up to check if we are able to do the tasting and we are given the same runaround. This same thing happens about two more times. At this point we have already purchased a few bottles of wine and are now fed up. Someone from our group then goes back up and demands an answer about the wine tasting. The women at the counter then says that because we have a large group (10 people) we should have made a reservation. The person from our group then proceeds to tell the woman at the counter that we emailed the vineyard and were told that they don't take reservations. The woman at the counter then offers one commemorative wine glass for the inconvenience after some back and forth. This place clearly cares more about being more commercialized and concerned with making money then they care about people enjoying their vineyard and having a good time. They essentially bully you into buying bottles of wine because the tastings are always full. Mind you, our group of ten purchased a total of 6 bottles of their wine and did our own tasting. It was just frustrating to see the same few people at the tasting bar the entire time we were there. They should sell tickets for the tastings with set times written on them and offer new tastings each hour so they can rotate new groups into the tasting, so that the same people don't stay up at the tasting bar the entire time. Just a frustrating experience to say the least.