Before it was tamed, the wild grape was the scourge of the valleys, mocking the looks of recently sheared sheep and running away with farmers' sons. Drink to the fruits of cultivation with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a wine tasting, winery tour, bottle of wine (a $22–$25 value), and glasses for two (a $10 value) at Pope Valley Winery (up to a $35 total value).
The grape-mashing masters at Pope Valley Winery proffer their handcrafted handiwork for touring guests to sample amid a historic setting founded in 1897. The winery flaunts its 19th century physique and period winemaking technology as curious guests tour the original homestead, visit the blacksmith's workshop, or peruse rows of prewine grapevines whispering secrets from the early 1900s. During the tasting, Pope Valley's wine artists pour vinos such as a 2006 Chenin Blanc, with grapes harvested at first light from vines planted in 1948 and aged for eight months in a French oak barrel. The 2005 Zinfandel's fruit, spice, and oak flavors balance on taste buds, and its easygoing personality can befriend almost any meal. Posttour, guests can throw bocce balls around on the courts or use them to practice power juggling before enjoying their included bottle of wine, which pairs well with a duo of take-home wine glasses, in the picnic table area.
6613 Pope Valley Rd.
Pope Valley, California 94567Get Directions