pate in cooking demonstrations, wine-pair-ing dinners and other culinary events led
by chef Henry Kibit.
“Our chef is involved in a lot of activities
for groups, including foraging hikes where
you search for seasonal ingredients such
as wild nettles, ginger and morel mushrooms that will be used in a lunch preparation,” said Jessica Hage, the winery’s
Event spaces at the winery also include
picnic areas among the vineyards and
the John Storrs Tasting Room, which was
the first purpose-built tasting room in
Oregon when it opened in 1978. It has an
adjoining deck, lawn and courtyard. The
winery’s LEED-certified barrel cellar is also
used for events, including parties with a
Along with wine tasting sessions and
blending seminars, Sokol Blosser also offers vineyard hikes that focus on its sustainability efforts as well as its history dating
from the 1970s when the Sokol Blosser
family was among the first in the state to
engage in pinot noir production.
“Our hikes include walks through the
vineyards where you can see our owl box-
es—homes for barn owls are a pet project
here—as well as our beehives,” Hage said.
Sustainable Wine Vine Tours
Santa Barbara County, Calif.’s family-owned wineries devoted to small production and sustainability are the focus of
this tour company, which offers excursions
for small groups in all-electric Tesla SUVs
or diesel-fueled Mercedes passenger vans.
Stops are made at wineries not normally
open to the public, and the tasting sessions
and vineyard tours are often conducted
by the winemakers themselves. A gourmet
picnic lunch is included during the tours.
“We try to educate people about the process of making organic wine, how it’s different from the usual wine-making process
and why it benefits the environment,” said
Bryan Hope, owner of the company.
Okanagan Wine and
British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, the
second-largest wine region in Canada, has
a long and storied wine-making tradi-
tion that dates back to the 1850s. Equally
important to the region is its long history of
orchard farming, a thriving industry where
the fruit was processed through busy pack-
ing houses that lined the streets of down-
town Kelowna in the early 20th century.
A survivor from this era, the Laurel Pack-
inghouse is both an event venue and home
to the Okanagan Wine and Orchard Muse-
um, featuring exhibits on early winemaking
and the stories behind many of the region’s
signature wineries. The atmospheric brick
and beam packinghouse accommodates
up to 300 people for a reception and up to
275 for seated dinner events.
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