Opened in mid-2013, Maggie Malick's Wine Cave is distinctive for its “man-made cut and cover" cave-style tasting room. Mark Malick tells us, “We excavated the hill and built the cave with tons of concrete, rebar and I-beams. After waterproofing, we covered the cave with four feet of earth. This helps the cave maintain a more constant temperature and reduce energy costs. Plus it has a lower carbon foot print than a traditional above ground winery. And it's just cool to have grass growing on the roof!"
Like the husband-wife team Brian and Sharon Roeder at Barrel Oak Winery, Mark Malick is the amiable face of the winery in the tasting room, and Maggie oversees the winemaking. On 20 acres of vineyards - and growing - the winery grows all of the grapes that go into its wines, and also sells grapes to other wineries.
The astoundingly diverse range - particularly for a newer winery - offered as blends or single varietals when we visited included Viognier, Chardonnay, Albarino, Petit Manseng, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Tannat and Garnacha Tinto.
Winery dogs Moxie and Abby do a fine job of greeting visitors, shepherding them into the intimate tasting room/barrel room, and then retreating to a nearby pond to cool off after all that hospitality-ing.
A variety of cheese, charcuterie, dips, and chocolates are available for purchase, and outside seating is available for relaxing and snacking.
Dogs are welcome inside the tasting room for a treat, as long as it's not too crowded, and there's plenty of space outside to run around.
Maggie's is quickly building a happy following of wine enthusiasts.
Accessibility: From car to tasting bar with minimal assistance. The winery offers one handicap parking spot, located next to a concrete pad. There is a 2-inch hump at the 36" entrance door. Restroom is not accessible.
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