Ancient winemakers used to crush the grapes with their feet, although of course wineries today use sanitary, stainless steel mallets shaped like feet. See modern winemaking in action with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $4 for estate tour and wine tasting for two (an $8 value)
- $7 for estate tour and wine tasting for four (a $16 value)
- $10 for estate tour and wine tasting for six (a $24 value)
Guests learn about the process of winemaking as a guide escorts them around the winery with a stop at the barrel aging cellars and bottling line. At the end of the tour, guests taste 1-oz. pours of four wines..
Colio Estate Winery
When Colio Estate Winery opened in 1980, they were the first winery in the area to seek a license since prohibition was lifted. This is surprising, since these vineyards lie on the same latitude as famed wine regions in northern California and Tuscany, Italy, which indicates that the regions could have similar growing climates. The area also boasts lush, fertile soil and a growing season longer than most of Canada, making it a favorable place to ripen grapes.
Today, Colio Estate Winery produces more than 400,000 cases of wine per year, including big red wines and refreshing whites. Knowing collaboration is key in the winemaking process, winemaker Lawrence Buhler and vineyard manager Kevin Donohue work in tandem to produce high quality wines in varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Guests at the winery can learn about their process on tours, wander the vineyard, or recline in the outdoor pavilion to enjoy glasses of wine in the open air.