After my volunteer shift at the Denver Zoo (sorry but I had to put in a plug for the zoo and our new Toyota Elephant Passage!), I headed north to Balistreri Vineyards, which is a short drive via I-270 at the York exit. Balistreri has just completed their brand new Tasting Room….and it is incredible. See the pictures below for a visual. They are currently working on the landscaping both front and back, where they are creating a picnic / garden type area. I forget the number of trees and flowers owner Julie Balistreri told me they were planting, but it will be impressive….maybe that’s because they used to be in the greenhouse business before starting Balistreri Vineyards!
Upon entering the Tasting Room, you are greeted by a friendly, knowledgeable staff person, who will pour you some of Balistreri’s award-winning wines. And there are a LOT to choose from. In addition to the wine sampling, they also provide complimentary cheeses, meats and crackers. In the near future they will be offering picnic-style lunches from the new kitchen. If you are in need of a rental space for any occasion, the back room is your answer. There is even a curved staircase for those brides who want to make a grand entrance!
The Balistreri family – John, Birdie and Julie (and other relatives) make delicious wines in the old, traditional way. John has been making wine since he was 9 years old. They don’t use a lot of machinery (in fact they only have 2 pieces of equipment and one of those is a fork lift) and produce and bottle their wines by hand. One of their signature trademarks is their wax-topped bottles. This is done instead of using paper or plastic wrap once the bottle has been corked.
Since it was early in the day, I only tried a few wines and thoroughly enjoyed their Viognier and Zinfandel.