One of our newest Wine Road members is Lauterbach Cellars, solar driven, open by appointment only, where each and every visit is also a tour, a Wine 101, with video enhancement and clarification, and barrel tasting- sometimes bottled wines are totally extraneous in a visit to this hidden-in-the-vineyards winery. Only about 300 cases are produced annually and it all happens right here, in this small and bright space- harvest, stemming, pressing, bottling- and all is captured on video to explain and chronicle the process. Owners, Stew or Barbara, will be your guide- owner/proprietor/winemaker/enthusiasm driven host with contagious knowledge and love of wine; you will come away with a good, solid appreciation of a true “garagiste” wine operation.
Lauterbach is housed in a country-style garage, utilizing space extremely well to fit in all that is needed to make their pinot, syrah and syrah rose- utilizing family and friends “who will work for wine”, at every step. (Syrah Dessert Wine, 1/2 barrel- a port-like treat- is in the offing now too.)
On my visit, Stew took me on a Vineyard Walk, right outside the doors of the winery. We ambled through vineyards of different pinot clones, looking for veraison. And we found a wee bit- it was, after all, just late July….
Stew and Barbara (Swary) Lauterbach have taken an adventurous approach to life- combining many aspects- such as a love of farming and the outdoors, hiking and boating- with careers in medicine and law- truly full and fully-lived adventures. This winery, too, is their impassioned adventure- and all who visit them, can share in it.
Here’s looking at you, kids.