My other stop while exploring Westport this week, was to the Westport Rivers Winery. (I have a hard time driving by a winery without visiting!)
|Westport Rivers Winery tasting room and art gallery|
A $10 tasting fee allowed me to sample a wide range of their wines; from sparkling, to pinot noir, to a dessert wine. The family that started the farm (about 25 years ago) noted the region’s climate similarities to the great champagne producing regions of France, and so they decided to produce sparkling wine.
Now, I love wine, and I really love sparkling wine, and I have to say I was really impressed with both their Brut (a 2006 vintage made in the methode Champenoise) and their Farmers Fizz (a non vintage blend).
|The line up is primarily white varietals, though they do have a nice Pinot Noir|
I always think stopping by wineries, farm stands or other local establishments gives you a great sense of a place, and what the local land can produce. I learned from the company website that with “a deep regard for local agriculture and education… the Russell Family has permanently preserved 400 acres of working farmland and forest”.
I love that sense of stewardship! And, I love that I have a great bottle of their Westport Brut to enjoy this long weekend!