When I set the GPS to find Stargazers Vineyard I had no idea that it was so off the beaten trail. We were on a narrow, driveway-like series of roads until we finally found the farm. It was at the end of a cul-de-sac in a housing development. I may not have found it if it wasn’t for the series of small ‘Winery’ signs that finally led me there. The directions link on the website alerts visitors about this … I should have probably checked that out first.
Stargazers planted their first vines in 1979 and the winery opened in 1996. Some of the grapes for the wines are bought locally and the rest are harvested onsite. The vineyard is on a south facing slope. Our visit coincided with harvesting season and my group got an opportunity to see the grapes in various stages of processing. The facility is 100% solar powered which was impressive. The flies and bees were plentiful in the tasting room on this warm October day.
The owners, John & Alice were very accommodating. The tasting was $5 for 5 wines of your choice. Alice gives you five bottle caps and you drop one into the cup in front of the wine you want to try. Old fashioned system but it works.
There were 2 Cabernet Sauvignons available, one was 100% Cab Sav and the Reserve was 10% Cab Franc. I preferred the Reserve. They also offered a nice dessert wine called Tinto which was very port-like. I picked up a bottle.
All in all, we enjoyed a short but unconventional visit to Stargazers. It was not what I was expecting but definitely worth checking out if you happen to be in the area. If I had more time I would have liked to explore the vineyard. The short tour that Alice gave us showed the passion and hard work that they proudly put into the production of their wines.