Raise a Glass to The Saratoga Winery: Saratoga's Local Tasting Room
Try Something New at Their Tasting Bar & Wine Barn
Picture yourself sipping a glass of exquisite wine in a warm, welcoming, and rustic atmosphere. Since 2009, The Saratoga Winery has offered this special experience at their main tasting room, located just four miles west of downtown Saratoga.
The winery has continued to evolve and expand their selection of wines, beers, and spirits over the years, and in mid-2019, they opened a brand new Wine Barn tasting room and event space, which has doubled their indoor capacity and allowed them to further meet guests' needs.
How The Saratoga Winery Became a Craft Beverage Lover's Destination
Owners Rich and Tara Nimmo began making wine as a hobby years ago, and their passion for the craft encouraged them to learn more about different varietals. The couple dreamed of operating their own winery, and when the opportunity finally arose, they purchased an old farm stand property and built The Saratoga Winery & Tasting Room.
Fast forward to today, and the Saratoga-based winery not only serves their own handcrafted wines, but light fare and craft beers, hard ciders, and spirits from regional producers. In fact, the winery is the official tasting room for the award-winning Saratoga Courage Distillery.
During an interview with Amy Greth, The Saratoga Winery's Events Coordinator and Marketing Manager, she described the business as "Saratoga's tasting room" because of their wide range of local offerings. People come from all over for a taste of Saratoga's finest craft beverages, and thanks to the Wine Barn, the winery will have two tasting rooms right on site.
Cheers to Great Drinks & Good Company in the Wine Barn
In the years leading up to the Wine Barn's construction, the Nimmos knew The Saratoga Winery needed a place with extra seating to accommodate the growing number of guests. They started to make plans in 2018 for a barn-style building that would mirror the rustic decor of the original tasting room.
From fall 2018 to August 2019, this idea for a new tasting room and event space transformed into a reality. According to Greth, the Nimmos have "put their heart and soul into The Saratoga Winery since opening in 2009, and they spent a lot of time and late nights to complete the Wine Barn this year."
The 2,400-square-foot Wine Barn is spacious and features a tall ceiling with barn beams, a full bar, seating for 125 guests, bathrooms, and an upstairs room for winemaking and wine barrel storage. It is handicap accessible, and similar to the other tasting room, the barn has low, wooden farm top tables and warm lighting that add to the welcoming ambience.
When the weather is nice, guests can relax on the wrap-around patio (seats another 40) or at the lawn area and fire pit. Overall, this unique tasting room and event venue has doubled The Saratoga Winery's indoor seating and ensured guests will have plenty of space to hang out during their next visit.
Add a Touch of Rustic Elegance to Your Private Event
Whether you're looking for a comfortable event space for a party or a stunning rustic backdrop for your wedding day, The Saratoga Winery is waiting for you.
Weddings at the winery include exclusive use of the Wine Barn and its outdoor patio, lawn, and more. The building can seat 125 wedding guests with a dance floor. They also provide an in-house Event Coordinator service to help you plan your special day.
"The Wine Barn can be reserved for welcome and rehearsal dinners, fundraisers, bridal showers, parties, and even corporate events," Greth explained. The facility can accommodate all styles of private events, and a variety of packages/prices are available.
Come for a Tasting, Stay for the Live Music & Entertainment
Anyone who has ever been to The Saratoga Winery before knows they host live music and other special events most if not every week of the year. From acoustic concerts and comedy shows to festivals and celebrations, there's never a dull moment.
As noted by Greth, the Nimmos designed the Wine Barn to be a multi-use facility where they could present bigger concerts and performances. Keep an eye on their online calendar and stay informed about all the exciting events that are coming up soon.
Sip, Sample & Savor The Saratoga Winery Experience
To understand everything The Saratoga Winery has to offer, you really have to experience it for yourself. Kick back and relax on the patio, order something new in the original tasting room, or wind down in the Wine Barn. You won't regret a visit to Saratoga's hometown winery!