Amista Vineyards, a place of friendship, with its spectacular approach through an ocean of vines, reveals its warm, architecturally-pleasing, wooden “Our Lady of the Wine Press Church”-barn-style winery and tasting room at the end of a gravelled drive, seemingly floating amidst part of their 20 estate vineyards near the Creek in Dry Creek Valley, beckoning, and, indeed, aptly named, Amista, loosely translating as “making friends”.
Wine Club Members are greeted with personalized signs displayed behind the bar- the communication and connection is such that they let Amista know when they are coming; this is THE spot for proposals, too…. Great backyard/garden area for picnicking, with tables and umbrellas feeding into the vines, draws guests out from the warm TR, permanent home to artist Carole Watanabe, impressive bar, lounging area, soaring ceilings and architectural angles, well-crafted accessible wines that are friendly and pair well with food- plus educated, hospitable staff or proprietors on site will make you a friend. This is a Sheltie paradise! Vicky and Mike Farrow, Proprietors and Wine Maker, have rescued in the past and currently have two famous winery Shelties, Torin (translates as Thunder) and Finnegan (as in James Joyce’s wake); Amista is not just friendly, it is also VERY dog friendly!
Here’s looking at you, kids.