Tasting Room, Crush Pad, Tank Room, Bottling Line, Barrel Room, Patio

Tasting Room

Wetzel Estate’s tasting room is open seven days a week from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. While driving West along highway 22, Wetzel Estate Winery is the red building on top of Butler Hill.

There are over 21 wines currently released in the tasting room. We rotate our menu on the first of every month ensuring that you get to try something new. Take a peak at our flight menu here.

Come taste the fruits of our labor throughout the year. We are able to do a tasting for couples, large groups, and/or host an event.

Tasting Room at Wetzel Estate Winery

Crush Pad

After all the hard work that goes into the vineyard throughout the year, it comes to a point where the grapes start to filter onto the crush pad. The crush pad is in full swing from September through November as our production staff turns grapes into wine.

Red wine grapes get destemmed and pumped over to tanks to start fermentation. The white wine grapes are juiced first and then fermentation begins. Wetzel Estate is fortunate enough to have all equipment on site to make ensure quality at every step of the winemaking process.

Never seen production in action? Check out our videos on Facebook.

Make sure to find out more about the equipment by clicking through the video below. Remember that we allow people to come to see us in action during harvest. Check out events to see when we will have tours available. Come visit and get an up-close view of production on the crush pad.

Crush Pad at Wetzel Estate Winery

Tank Room

This is one of the many tank rooms at Wetzel Estate Winery. The video is featuring our small tank room, but don’t let that fool you. This room is still a very happening place.

The most important thing that happens in the tank room is fermentation. Fermentation is the process of turning grape juice into wine. After the grapes are processed by our production team during harvest, our vintner will add yeast to the already sugary juice. The yeast will feast of the sugar to produce alcohol and carbonation.

Do you want to learn more about fermentation? Check out one of our Wine 101 classes or come into the tasting room to speak to our wonderful staff. Just interested in drinking the finished product instead – check out the wine!
Never seen production in action? Check out our videos on Facebook.

Make sure to find out more about the equipment by clicking through the video below! Remember that we allow people to come to see us in action during harvest! Check out events to see when we will have tours available. Come visit and get an up-close view of production on the crush pad.

Wetzel Estate Winery Tank Room

Bottling Line

Wetzel Estate’s bottling line is perfect for our winery. It allows us to bottle when the red wine is ready after barreling or white wine is ready after fermentation. At the beginning of the year, the line is in full swing with projects going through.

It all starts when the line is cleaned with only steam. Then empty bottles start the journey around the carousel to be fill with 750mL of delicious wine. Next, the cork is heat shank and placed inside the bottle. Afterward, the bottle is capsulated, labeled and then placed inside a case by one of our very busy production staff members.

We can produce two cases a minute and it has the capability of bottling a variety of different size of bottles. This allows for us to bottle to 650 cases of wine in a productive day bottling. In addition to the 750mL bottles, we can bottle a variety of sizes in 500mL, and sparkling wine.

Have you seen a bottling line in action? Check out Wetzel Estate’s Facebook page for videos of the bottling line.

What to try some of our wine that you see in the videos? Find the wine in the video!

Wetzel Estate Winery Bottling Line

Barrel Room

The Wetzel Estate Barrel Room is filled with over 200 oak barrels and housed on site. Even better, the smell is enchanting. It is one of our favorite places besides the vineyard itself. The barrel room is mainly French Oak, though there is American, Czech, and Hungarian.

This room where all our red wines are tucked away until bottling. We age the wine anywhere from nine months up to two years, depending on the wine that we choose to go into the barrels. We have a mixture of new and neutral barrels, with most of them being neutral to showcase the natural flavors of the wine. The only white wine that would be in this room is our Chardonnay. Wetzel Estate’s Chardonnay is half done in 10% new American oak and half done in stainless steel, which makes this wine clean, balanced, and very food friendly. Chardonnay is just one of the many wines to enjoy within the tasting room.

Wetzel Estate provides tours our of barrel room through Wine 101 classes and through VIP Tours and Tastings that are donated to non-profits. Please contact the winery for more information or check out our events page to see tour availability.

The video below is a great glimpse inside – just imagine the smell! What can you find in the barrel room?

Wetzel Estate Barrel Room

Patio

The patio at Wetzel Estate is a favorite place for our wine club members to spend summer days! With the gorgeous view of the vineyard, the patio is a cool place to drink wine during a hot day. At about 3:00 PM every day we experience the maritime air traveling through the grapes.

Many days are spent drinking wine, playing games, with a picnic. Bring the family and come enjoy a great day with us! Enjoy the wine but stay for the yard games that we have available at the vineyard. Check out some of the events that we host at the vineyard in our event photos.

Visit soon and check out the patio to find a great code for a discount on wine when you visit the tasting room!