If you have visited us before and wondering how we have changed, we are providing this summary of changes to help you understand the changes to our operations, and the reason for the changes.  None of these changes are because of the current COVID situation but some did evolved from our operations during COVID.  Operations have changed with the hope that we will create a better experience for our visitors.   If after visiting or after reading about our change, you have any suggestions or comments, please do not hesitate to let us know by filling out the form at the bottom.   We do not read social media reviews as we believe that people should simply talk directly to each other in an effort to improve because we know that if we listen we will learn.

Tastings.

Our new approach is intended to create a better experience with the opportunity to taste wine and discuss wine with our Tasting Guides.  In the past, we had moments where the tasting area resembled a bar with customers packed in, waiving glasses for service.  Crowds of sometimes 80 people gathered in an area designed for 30 people.  On certain days we became a bar room environment and not a tasting experience.   Accordingly, we have decided to limit the tasting room to 24 people at a time with 45 minutes to enjoy up to 8 different wines or a combination of wine, spirits and beers.  Reservations are not necessary but we offer the ability to book a reservation so that you are not disappointed if space is not available.  The decision to book a reservation is entirely up to our customers and assures you that space will be available at the time you select.  Tastings have increased from $15 to $17 per person as we have added 3 additional tastings going from 5 tastings previously to 8 tastings currently.    For more information and to book, please click here.

Tours – An indoor journey through our production facility.

Tours are being offered exactly as they were offered in the past and the only exception is that we now limit our capacity to 15 people whereas previously 30 people were allowed on each tour.  Reservations are not necessary but we offer the ability to book a reservation so that you are not disappointed should space not be available at the time you wish.  Tours have increased from $15 to $20 per person and include a glass and the tasting of 5 selected wines.  For more information and to book, please click here.

Tables at our Picnic Grounds – The Vintner Knoll.

In the past, we offered reservations for tables at the Vintner’s Knoll for a small fee of $12 per table if you desired to make a reservation.  Tables that were not marked as “Reserved” were open to the public for walkins. Everyone, with or without a reservation, was provided with plastic cups. 
Today, our approach is similar except that we change $5.00 per person for reservations but in addition to reserving a table for you, we also provide each table with a tote with ice, a bottle of water for each person in the reservation and a Nashoba Wine Glass to use and take home.  Drinking wine at a winery is best when you are tasting wines from a glass and having a glass to remember your day.  Visit often and have a collection!
When we are able to service people without reservations, people without reservations will be provided with a table and with plastic tumblers for their beverage.  The choice is completely up to our customers with the understanding that we staff based on reservations and therefore there may be times when we cannot accept walkins or you will be asked to wait.  If a table is open but our staff does not feel that they will be able to provide service to the table,  we will turn away people even though a table might be available.
 

Food & Non-alcoholic Beverages – The Vintner Knoll.

Probably the biggest change to our operations is that we no longer allow people to bring in outside food or soft drinks which was a requirement imposed during the pandemic and which we have elected to retain since we now offer food everyday at the tables outside of the winery that is prepared by our restaurant.  Food served is available everyday from 11 am until 4 pm.  On Thursday, Friday and Saturday these hours are extended to closing at 5pm.   
There is absolutely no need to purchase food and you can simply order a glass of wine or beer from your table.   We continue to add more retail food items in our retail shop such as chips, salas, nuts, cheeses, breads, crackers and other snack foods that can be purchased and enjoyed on site. 
 

Alcoholic Beverages – The Vintner Knoll.

In the past, we allowed people to purchase alcoholic beverages in the retail shop for on site consumption.  We have changed this policy to better manage on site consumption in compliance with state and local regulations and to offer wine by the glass and by flights in addition to wine by the bottle.  The prices for wine or beer delivered to your table are exactly the same price of wine sold at retail.   We believe this is a much more responsible approach to on-site consumption while also presenting our customer with wine by the glass or flights.   A “flight” of wines offers 5 different wines (5/8 of an ounce each) that are served to you so that you can taste and enjoy a wide variety of the wines produced at Nashoba Valley.   

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