The tasting area is comfortable and large. I hung my purse a hook under the counter and John hung his coat, too. Nancy, one of the owners, told us to make ourselves at home during our visit. The tasting room staff is knowledgeable and well trained. Explanations about each wine entertained and informed us, without being too in depth or boring.
We opted for the truffle wine tasting, exploring 7 different wines paired with 4 chocolate truffles. First, we tried the white chocolate truffle with Sauv Blanc and then Chardonnay. Next on the list was Altezza, named for the high elevation of the estate, with a strawberry balsamic truffle. The maple walnut truffle with Monarch topped my list of favorites. We finished our chocolate and wine flight with a dark chocolate truffle rolled in cocoa and a taste of Merlot. The flavors blended so well together.
The grounds of the estate are stunning. I'm eager to return later in the season to see the tulips and other flowers that have been planted in the garden. John and I played a game of cornhole, which I lost terribly, before taking a stroll out to see the vineyards.
There is a pavilion and a large amount of space that can accommodate groups or special events. Several limos and buses arrived while we were there, but it never seemed overcrowded and the attention that we received was stellar.
Although the sun was shining, a chill in the air blew in the breeze. Originally I planned to wear a cute maxi dress, but mother nature foiled my plans. Instead I opted to wear a Murfee scarf with a spring coat to keep warm.
After we spent some time outside, we ventured back into the tasting room to enjoy a bottle of our favorite pick from the tasting. On site picks for food include everything from pizza to steak, offering many options for an afternoon picnic or meal.
Later this spring, we plan to return to 868 Estate Vineyards with some friends!