GOLD HILL, Ore. -- As Summer winds down, the harvest season at wineries around the Rogue Valley are ramping up. Del Rio Winery in Gold Hill is giving people an opportunity to go behind the scenes when it comes to the wine making process.
The winery is offering tours of the vineyard all throughout the month of September. The hike is close to three miles, but gives visitors a hands-on experience.
“Today we saw the harvest machine and the tractors coming down, so it’s a really hands-on kind of experience, which is really unique,” says hospitality manager Courtney Thomas.
While heading to a winery could be thought of as a 21 and older experience, the event is open to all ages and pets.
Del Rio says that with all the smoke this Summer they’ve had to cancel or relocate a few of their events, so each hike is dependent on the weather. However, the weather today was crystal clear, making it a perfect day for a hike.
Rogue River resident Sandy Pergin says, “For someone my age it was little tough, but it was well worth it.”
Del Rio currently is growing 13 different types of grapes on the property and hikers were able to sample all of them.
“One of the best experiences is being able to actually taste the grape in grape form and then come into the tasting room where you get taste the wine,” says Thomas.
The vineyard hikes will be happening every Sunday and Wednesday throughout September. Hikers can meet by the tasting room and the hike takes off promptly at 9:30 a.m. Hikers are encouraged to bring comfortable shoes and a water bottle.
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