Viticulture Vacation

Washington Winery offers a day in the life of an award-making winemaker

Chateau Faire le Pont Winery, an award-winning winery located in Washington’s Wenatchee Valley, announces two opportunities that will allow visitors to experience winemaking firsthand with the “Winemaker for a Day” and “Adopt-a-Vine” offerings.

“Part of our mission here at the winery, is to demystify the winemaking process and to assist our visitors in the enjoyment of wine,” said Chateau Faire Le Pont Co-Owner Debe’ Brazil. “We have several options available for guests to really experience the joy of what we do here at Chateau Faire Le Pont.”

Groups of 10 or more can experience the “Winemaker for a Day” program that begins with a private winery tour and tasting in the barrel-aging cellar where they will learn about wine blending. Guests will then use the winemakers' tools to create several different blends. For an additional fee guests may take home a 375ml bottle of their own perfect blend. The “Winemaker for a Day” program can accommodate 10 to 50 guests and costs $35 per person.

The “Adopt-a-Vine” program is a four-session wine education series that involves guests in each of the four key stages in the winemaking process: pruning, crush, racking and blending and bottling. Details and dates follow:

• Saturday, April 5, 2009, Pruning: Guests will be introduced to their vine, learn to prune and then enjoy you to a glass of wine with fine cheeses.
• Saturday, July 11, 2009, Crush: Guests participate in the crush, learning how to sort and crush the grapes, followed by a glass of wine and fine cheeses.
• Saturday, October 3, 2009, Racking/ Blending: Guests learn to rack and blend wine, followed by a luncheon in the barrel room.
• Sunday, January 9, 2010, Bottling: Guests will learn how to bottle wine, and will leave with a custom label purchased at Chateau Faire Le Pont winery.

The Adopt-a-Vine is $100 per person and includes four sessions listed above. For more information on the winery’s programs visit or call 888-874-WINE (9463).