Formerly North Gate Vineyards, Walsh Family Wine re-opened in March 2019 to big crowds and very nice wine.
Co-owner/winemaker Nate Walsh was previously the much-awarded winemaker at Sunset Hills Vineyards nearby, and the winegrowing/winemaking side project he started at Bethany Ridge Vineyard with his wife, Sarah, in 2014 is now providing some of the wines for their new bricks-and-mortar venture. The operation is now up to 50 acres across five sites.
The Walsh's leap into ownership started when they were offered a lease on an established vineyard; Nate says, "For 2014 and 2015, we worked the vineyard in the evenings and on weekends, and each year produced a Sauvignon Blanc, which we sold to restaurants in the area. I was able to teach Sarah about the farming end, and she was able to teach me about sales, and we were working toward a product that we knew we'd be proud of."
Nate says their intention is "a bit of a different model than what most of our neighbors are doing - more of a focus on an elevated level of hospitality, on tours, and on longer, more intimate tastings. Less people, more connection with the people. We put enormous effort and love into the wines, and our hope is that if we can show people that, they will care."
At this writing, wines on offer included the family's own Bethany Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, along with viognier, merlot, tannat, and a red blend created from the best of North Gate Vineyard's final barrels.
Kids welcome; dogs welcome outside; lite fare food menu; small picnics may be enjoyed outside; reservations required for groups over 6.
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