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Winery of the Month

September 2017

Tackitt Family Vineyards

We are proud to be partnering with Tackitt Family Vineyards as our Winery of the Month. Everyday at our Guest Wine Tasting Reception, we will be featuring tastes of their amazing varietals. Each Friday during this time, we will feature their winemaker or winery representative at our Guest Reception. At our restaurant, be sure to order a glass of one of their delicious wines to pair with our local farm to table cuisine. Or join us for our Backyard Winemaker Dinner on Friday, September 29th at 6pm featuring Tackitt wines paired with a five-course handcrafted menu.

Back in the 1970s, Leon Tackitt’s grandfather planted about 29 Gewürztraminer vines that he had brought from Germany. He kept his craft to home winemaking and he made pretty good wine. With Leon’s retirement from a 28-year career in the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal community coming into view, he and his wife saw the modest family vineyard as a wonderful possibility. In the fall of 2000, Cindy and Leon decided to take what his grandfather had started to the next level, and Tackitt Family Vineyards began.

That September they had their first crush, using only the most basic equipment. That year they only produced about 30 gallons of juice. In 2001, with more vines in the vineyard, the addition of crucial equipment, and a lot of mentoring from Dr. Tom Morgan, (owner and winemaker of Casa de Caballos winery) they were able to pick over 1,000 pounds of grapes that yielded 81 gallons of juice and some pretty fine wine!

Since they started, they have dealt with the common dilemmas that face every winery: birds, mildew, insects, and human error. Being stationed in Guam for two years slowed their progress, but never dulled their enthusiasm. They always knew that creating wonderful wines is hard work and every season they learn a little more. Every challenge adds to the experience and increases their knowledge of the art of winemaking, and now they produce some exceptional wines. Visit their tasting room in rural San Miguel and enjoy the fruits of their labor.