A group of 4 of us will be up in the Santa Ynez area for wine tasting over Oct 15 weekend. I had read wonderful things about the 3 hour tour/tasting at Clos Pepe, and we hoped to do it on Sunday. However, I contacted the vineyard and they happen to be closed that weekend. On Saturday we will be going to a number of vineyards' tasting rooms, but on Sunday we hoped to do something a little more in depth at a nice winery. Anyone know if there are other vineyards that offer an experience comparable to what Clos Pepe does? We probably aren't looking for one of those van tours of several vineyards. Thanks!
(And here is the Clos Pepe information, if anyone wants it for another weekend.)
An Invitation to Visit Clos Pepe
Note: Clos Pepe will no longer offer public tours after December, 2011. At that time, all appointments for tasting must be made through an existing list member. We are getting too many requests at this time to accomodate all tasters.
We do things a little different and a lot slower out here at Clos Pepe. No tasting room bar. We don't believe you can understand what we do here without spending a few hours with our vineyard manager, our winemaker, our sheep, our climate and our family. This is how they do it in the Old World--maybe two dozen people per week go through these tours, which is more meaningful to our business than turning and burning a thousand through a tasting room turnstile. Try it and see.