The Gardens at Veris Cellars in Paso Robles
Since I don't drink wine, though I live in the midst of wine county, I tend to judge wineries and tasting rooms by the attractiveness of their settings and the photographic opportunities. Veris Cellars has got to be in the running for one of the most beautiful. It's family owned, and from the outside, it really does look like someone's historic home. It began in 1990 under the name Jan Kris Winery. That's about three years before I moved to Templeton.
By the time I started haunting the local vineyards, Veris belonged to Matthew Talbert, who had owned it since 2008. If you actually walk inside, you will find a very friendly staff and they will make you feel right at home. In connection with their Ben Hogan label, Veris offers something I haven't seen in any other area winery – a golf driving range where you can drive golf balls right into the vineyard. Their web site says it's the only place in California you can “drink and drive.” That's one reason I only walk in the vineyards when the tasting room is closed.
But I digress. I was going to show you the beauty of the Veris Cellars Rose Garden and some of the other floral plantings. And then there is the oak tree – the giant oak that almost blocks the view of the lovely restored Victorian farmhouse. I will show you some views of that before we get to the rose garden proper.
This next one is looking back at the tasting room and tree from near the rose garden. That's lavender in the foreground.
Now let's look at the rose garden.
If you walk under this arbor you will be heading into one of the vineyards. But we will look at the vineyards in a separate post. Stay tuned. Be sure to read what's at the top of the arbor.
If you would like to own such a beautiful piece of real estate and build your own thriving tasting room and winery, I just discovered Veris Cellars is for sale again. Can you imagine having this beauty around you all the time? Can you imagine the work to keep it looking gorgeous all year?
Image Credit » I took the photo