Vintner weekends across the country are presented as opportunities to tour wineries, sample new releases, and meet with other oenophiles. Yet what’s often lacking is intimacy and access to the vintners. It’s hard to consider a wine festival featuring dozens of wineries as an intimate and exclusive event.
Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana, however, has taken the vintner weekend concept and made it into a truly rare opportunity for passionate oenophiles to taste, talk, and dine right alongside some of the country’s preeminent vintners. Not only are guests invited to small, informal seminars and tastings, but they enjoy ranch activities, such as fly-fishing, horseback riding, or hiking, with the vintners. In other words, vintner weekends are exactly what their name implies.
Sommelier Jeremy White, who curates the wine cellar at the ranch—which was recently awarded an impressive 12th Wine Spectator Award and its fifth “Best of” Award—participates in the Triple Creek Ranch Vinter Weekends. The Spring series that he has put together runs throughout May and features three outstanding California and Oregon wineries. So, whether you’re a budding wine connoisseur or a seasoned professional, the Triple Creek Ranch Vintner weekends promise to please the palate of foodies and oenophiles alike.
May 11 – 14: Et Fille Wines
Et Fille Wines is a family-run Oregon winery established in 2003 specializing in pinot noir. Et Fille, which means “and daughter,” honors the hand-in-hand, father and daughter team of Howard Mozeico and Jessica Mozeico that makes these wines.
May 18 – 21: Hill Family Estate
After three decades of farming grapes for some of Napa Valley’s finest wine producers, Doug Hill and his family decided that they should enter the wine business. The Hill Family Estate is the culmination of Doug’s vision to share his love of the valley, of farming, and of wine with his children and wine lovers everywhere.
May 25 – 28: Chappellet Winery
For nearly five decades, the Chappellet family has been crafting acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignons from fruit cultivated on the steep, rocky slopes of Napa Valley’s renowned Pritchard Hill. The Memorial Day long weekend is now synonymous with Chappellet at Triple Creek Ranch! Join us for a lively weekend with Cyril and Blakesley Chappellet.
Accommodations at the Ranch range from one bedroom cabins to exclusive multi-room luxury houses, and activities include hiking, horseback riding, fly-fishing, or an in-cabin massage. Or simply sip a glass of wine and soak in your hot tub under the Big Sky stars. Cheers!