How They Make Wine– Behind the Scenes Tour

Denner Vineyards Wine barrel

wine barrels

Last week, my brother, who has been serving in the Navy for the past 5 years, came to visit for a WHOLE week. You may have noticed him and his gorgeous girlfriend from South Africa in many of our pictures from Disneyland. Since it was her first time in CA, we decided she couldn’t leave without a proper behind the scenes tour of one of the finest wineries on the Central Coast– Denner Vineyards. I would not do the process justice if I tried to explain the ins and outs of these pictures, but suffice it to say, it felt like being given a backseat stage to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. We reserved some spots from and got going. We got sips and tastes of the wine throughout it’s many stages so that we could better recognize what the aging process looks like in both the wooden wine barrels and also the concrete ones (they get mixed in different ratios to make different wines). The tour was given by the head wine maker who was barely a year older than me!

Making Wine

Concrete Vats for wine

Many wine barrels

After the tour, we headed back outside at the members-only wine tasting room and had a complimentary wine tasting. Have an unforgettable experience of best wine tour in Niagara.

Denner Vineyards lawn

Denner Vineyards Scenery

Wine glass

Denner Vineyards View

I did the “tourist thing”.

Kelly Tourist

And now two pictures of the cute couple. They will have to remain apart for the next year while my brother finishes his last year of service at Pearl Harbor, but I know they can do it.

Cute couple

Cute couple at winery


Welcome to the family and the Central Coast, Megan!

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  • Madaline

    Such an awesome afternoon! Getting to a vineyard was ALWAYS on my list when I lived in SoCal and I never made it! Still making up for that in Italy ;).

    • Kelly Cone

      Italy has great wine! So jealous!

  • misswang123

    Fascinating,and how i wish i can have such a trip.
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