Wine-tasting technique demands that you first swirl the glass, then take a sip, and then very slowly dribble wine down your chin so that the rest of your body can taste it. Imbibe elegance with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $12 for a tour and tasting for up to 4 (up to a $28 value)
- $16 for a tour and tasting for up to 6 (up to a $42 value)
- $24 for a tour and tasting for up to 10 (up to a $70 value)
During a 45- to 60-minute tour, guests stroll through the 5-acre vineyard and winery, admiring the rows of 9,000 grape-heavy vines and the restored 18th-century barn. They then retreat to the vineyard tasting patio for a sample of six wines, such as a 2009 oaked chardonnay or a citrusy 2011 pinot gris. Tastings and tours are available Friday–Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Built in 1750, the old bank barn on the Sweetwater Farm bed-and-breakfast property boasted a diverse resumé before it fell into disrepair more than two centuries later; it held malting barley for distilled spirits, sheltered herds of livestock, and even hosted a party or two. After a two-year renovation completed in 2010, the barn came out of retirement to fulfill its new purpose: hosting french-oak barrels and stainless-steel fermentation tanks—custom-made in South Africa—that quietly ferment and age small-batch wines from the property's 5-acre vineyard.
Grace Winery's European-origin varietals, grown on California vines that were transplanted by hand and carrier pigeon, include merlot, pinot gris, and petit verdot. Winemaker Sean Kramer combines new technology with tried-and-true tradition to create wines such as the bright 2010 rosé, which was served at the brunch the day after Prince Albert of Monaco’s wedding. His other wines include the 2010 chardonnay reserve, aged for 14 months in french oak that imbues it with dark caramel and butterscotch flavors, and the crisp 2011 pinot gris, whose light honeysuckle aromas lead to delicate hints of citrus and melon.