Up Valley Vintners is located in the heart of Calistoga; it is a multi vintner tasting room managed by Kenefick Ranch and features not only their wines but Barlow, Dyer, Tofanelli and Zacherle. All these producers or wineries are located in the Calistoga appellation. Of these, only Envy has their own winery and tasting room. Up Valley Vintners gives these other producers good exposure; this is the only tasting room in Calistoga setup as a cooperative.
This tasting room served only Kenefick Ranch wines until the new format and additional vintners were added in mid 2011. Its spacious inside, because of the depth of the building. The tasting room is located near the entrance and as you walk through towards the back, you pass a nice sit down lounge (if standing and tasting is not your thing) and then reach the patio in the back. If the weather is warm, the patio is a great place to relax and enjoy the wines.
With the space, they can selectively hold small events. A lot of wall space is ideal for artwork and they rotate paintings on a regular basis, some of which is for sale.
Not all wines produced from each vintner are open of course – but there is always at least one bottle from each vintner open. There are two tasting options – the “white” menu and the “red” menu. Be sure to sign their mailing list when you visit to be notified about up upcoming events and releases.
If you are up valley on the weekend and are looking for a place that stays open later (until 8pm) – consider popping in here. The lounge style seating and patio in the back makes a great place to hang out with a glass of wine before having dinner nearby.
For more information visit: www.upvalleyvintners.com