Unlike many of the other wineries in the area they do not allow larger groups (more than 8), and do not accept limos, buses, taxis, or any hired car services.
These ‘rules’ provide for a calm, relaxing vibe to sit back and enjoy delicious Rosè-only, wine.
Even though Rosè is generally given its own category, it is technically a very light Red wine.
This distinguishes their wines, from the majority of Rosès, which are often made as a by-product of red wine production using the saignée (pronounced ‘sonyay’) method, which means to “bleed off”.
Basically the red wine maker has a big vat of grape juice and skins that they leave fermenting together to make a darker colored and more flavorful wine. They remove some of the liquid to let the remaining liquid and skins become more concentrated.
Normally what is removed becomes Rosè wine.
NOT so at Croteaux, where they grow Cabernet Franc and Merlot specifically for the beautifully colored wines, of various styles, to be enjoyed by all.
Next time you are in the neighborhood I highly recommend you visit and buy someone special a gift here. Since they are fairly small production you probably won’t find them anywhere else.
I plan on making Croteaux Vineyards a regular stop to sip and chill…
Tolerant Taster approved!