Dianne - PDX Wine Associate
The first winery we went to was Real Cortijo Winery in Madrid.
Bodegas Peral Winery. It was neat to see this working winery and the history they had to offer. One of the ways that they used to transport the wine from the clay pots was a goat that they had turned inside out and tarred on both sides.
Solera Winery was the last winery we visited in Madrid. It was quite a homey experience to see a winery on a smaller scale. We got to see the workers pulling the grape skins and seeds from the clay pots that store the wine.
All three wineries in Madrid offered us excellent wines to taste and enjoy!
Oller del Mas. Among their acres of vines, they were able to find some vines that survived the disease that destroyed many vines all over Europe. They are slowly grafting many of those vines to newer vines.
Jenny - PDX Associate
One of my favorite wineries I've visited is Wild Women Winery in Denver, CO. This winery was pretty unique. Customers could create and design their own batch of wine alongside a winemaker to create something completely custom. They also had custom wine labels where you could send them any photo, and they would print it out on site and place it on whatever bottle you'd like. It's a great idea and an awesome personal touch! The employees were so friendly!
Pompous Ass Winery in Seneca Lake, NY. In keeping with its name, Pompous Ass had such a fun atmosphere! It is part of the Seneca Lake wine trail near Watkins Glen, NY. The location is beautiful, and the wine trail itself is a must-do. Not only are their wine names fun, but the wine was delicious- there wasn't one I didn't like!
John - PDX Manager & Susan - PDX Tasting Room Associate
Susan and I visited the Willamette Valley in Oregon last fall. It's located about an hour southwest of Portland, which sits on the majestic Columbia River. Willamette Valley is renowned for its Pinot Noir, which is why we went there. Domaine Drouhin is in Dundee Hills, one of the AVAs there with unique "red" soil. It sits on the hillside with sweeping views of the beautiful vineyards and valley. The tasting we did included only pinots- six of them! The 2013 Dundee Hills pinot was really special... I can still taste it! When we went, it was during harvest, so we saw bins full of pinot grapes and even got to walk through the tank room. By the way, the tasting glass holds a whole bottle of wine!
While we were in Oregon, we visited 14 different wineries. It was a totally awesome experience, and I highly recommend it. I'd be happy to provide any more information if anyone's interested in going!
Cassie - PDX Lead Associate & Wine Club Manager
Since starting at PDX three years ago, we've visited about 75 other vineyards across eight states! (This picture is from Paraduxx in Napa)
The first that I want to talk about is Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville, VA. Blenheim is owned by Dave Matthews, my favorite musician. I've visited Blenheim four or five times and always have an excellent customer experience. Their Painted Red & Painted White wine series is excellent!
This one has a similar name to our own: Paraduxx Vineyard in Napa, CA! When my friend and I visited Napa during New Year's 2014, I knew we had to stop at Paraduxx just for the name. When I told them where I worked, they said, "Ah, yes, we know you guys! We'll take care of you." We were treated to a wonderful tasting spread while looking at the amazing beauty of Napa!
So where have you been? Tell us in the comments!