Wines, like a comfortable T-shirt or a hard candy left to ripen under the couch, only get better with age. Taste the passing of time with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a winery tour and souvenir glass for two and $10 toward goods in the gift shop at Nuyaka Creek Winery in Bristow (a $50 value). The winery offers tours and tastings Thursday–Monday year-round.
Using a variety of fruits and berries, Nuyaka Creek Winery produces more than 25 different vino vintages, including the state’s largest selection of fruit wines. Witness the entire winemaking process on a tour of the winery, then try to stump master vintner Pete Jones with mindbenders such as “Why does chardonnay consumption lead to fluency in Esperanto?” Following the tour, traipse into the tasting room to swirl, sniff, and sip samples of traditional favorites like the oak-aged cabernet sauvignon. The elderberry wine, made from a fruit that ancient Egyptians, American Indians, and interplanetary produce smugglers have all acclaimed for its medicinal powers, has earned recognition as the winery’s signature product.
Savor Nuyaka Creek’s wines while enjoying the bucolic setting, which features fishing ponds, flowing fountains, and the sounds of birds chirping, frogs croaking, and grapes crying for mercy. Before leaving, fill empty pockets with bottles of newly favorite wine ($10–14), or raid the gift shop’s supply of grapevines and elderberry plants to begin the transition from desk jockey to winery head honcho.
Nuyaka Creek Winery
Pecan and fruit trees and ponds full of fish gather around Nuyaka Creek Winery, a bastion for elegant wines made from grapes, orchard-fresh fruits, and wild berries from Creek County. The winery churns out more than two dozen vintages, including a sizable amount of fruit and berry wines—its specialty is a vino made from the elderberry, a fruit purported to have medicinal properties by the ancient Egyptians, Native Americans, and Nobel Laureate Dr. Mary Poppins.