A “Sense of Place”
Ready for a totally unique, slightly quirky, classy-yet-unpretentious and completely delicious adventure? Jump in your car, direct your wine tour driver or jump on your motorcycle or bicycle (if you are the athletic type – it’s a bit of a ride) and wind your way a few miles out Dry Creek Road. Go directly to Trattore Farms. Take my word for it – this place is a must stop!
“Trattore” is translated from the Italian word for tractor and owner, Tim Bucher felt that it was the perfect name for the 40 acres of steep rolling hillsides in the Dry Creek Valley where he built his winery. The ranch is a tribute to his appreciation for the craftsmanship and enduring tradition of an iconic old red tractor that he brought over from Europe. This tractor can be seen on his wine labels and out working among his vines and olive trees.
The tasting room sits atop a steep knoll and the views of the surrounding ranch (planted with grape vines and olive trees) and the Dry Creek Valley in general are absolutely stunning. The spacious patio that surrounds the tasting room beckons relaxation with tasteful groupings of comfy outdoor couches, chairs and café tables with patio umbrellas thoughtfully set up all around.
The building, completed in October 2015, is the perfect architectural blend of modern and rustic and melds seamlessly with the surrounding hillsides. This modern/rustic theme continues inside the large, airy tasting room. Concrete floors echo with the footsteps and laughter of happy team members and visitors as they experience this truly unique place. A gleaming state-of-the-art kitchen spans one side of the room and the long, curved tasting bar (which also provides an amazing view of the Dry Creek Valley) spans the opposite wall. A cozy leather couch and a couple of leather easy chairs flank a modern gas fireplace and tables and chairs are thoughtfully arranged for seated tasting experiences. A couple of spotlessly clean tractors are accent pieces in the room. One of the tractors is signed by musical greats John Mellencamp, Colbie Caillat and more. The musical connection comes from the charity concerts that Trattore Farms sponsors every year. The proceeds from these concerts go to Farm Aid and school music programs. Cool, huh?
The wines, olive oils and cheese/charcuterie plates are fabulous, the service is wonderful, the views are stunning and there’s so much more about this magical place I wish I had room to write about. Just go there and experience it for yourself - you’ll be glad you did!