Trip Start Aug 08, 2010
69Trip End Nov 19, 2010
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The first one we chose was the Brotherhood Winery started in 1839. When we arrived, we found about 1000 bicycle riders there. They had just finished a race. Lucky for us they were not all wine drinkers. The winery has been open since 1839 and is the oldest continuously operating winery in the area. Unlike other wineries that closed during prohibition, Brotherhood stayed open and made wine for the churches during prohibition. We had lunch at the cafe at the winery. It was an interesting experience. As we walked into the cafe, the waiter seemed flustered because there were tables for two, six or eight but not for four (there were four of us). They actually put us in a room that had no one else in it because the table was set for four.....we had a good laugh over that one. More importantly, the food was delicious.
Another winery we went to was the Applewood Winery. It was extremely crowded with a lot of families. There were a couple of things going on in town that caused the crowds. 1) There was a fall festival in town and 2) the Applewood was also an apple orchard and the families were picking apples to purchase. They did a good job of getting us up to the bar so we could do wine tasting in spite of the crowds.
The next place, Demarest Hill Winery, is a family winery, beautiful place upon a hill with the vineyard right there. The owners learned winemaking in Italy. They also had a distillery so they also made vodka and lots of other products. By then it was time to get back home, but what a wonderful day.