Monday, November 2, 2015

Remembering Veris Cellars in Photos

Blocked Driveway to What Was Veris Cellars, © B. Radisavljevic
Blocked Driveway to What Was Veris Cellars, 
I've been living in Paso Robles / Templeton wine country for over twenty years now, and in that time I've seen many wineries change hands. Some just keep going with a name change and a remodel. Only two that I am aware of in Highway 46 West wine country have stayed closed and empty for very long. One  that languished for quite a while was Eagle Castle, which finally reopened as Tooth and Nail Winery. The other is Veris Cellars. The driveway that leads to the old Veris Cellars Tasting Room is now blocked while the property is in the process of being transformed.

Veris Cellars Tasting Room, September, 2011, ©B. Radisavljevic
Veris Cellars Tasting Room, September, 2011, ©B. Radisavljevic
Veris Cellars, which had beautiful vineyards and scenic gardens, has been closed to the public for several months now. I have taken a look around every now and then and I feel sad that so much of the beauty of the grounds is gone. I hope when the new business moves in and opens to the public, the gardens will once again be blooming.

The following photos show some of the views of Veris Cellars tasting room and grounds I liked best.

Veris Cellars Tasting Room, June, 2013, ©B. Radisavljevic
Veris Cellars Tasting Room, June, 2013, ©B. Radisavljevic

Veris Cellars Rose Garden, June, 2013, ©B. Radisavljevic
Veris Cellars Rose Garden, June, 2013, ©B. Radisavljevic

Veris Cellars Entrance to Vnieyard, June, 2013, ©B. Radisavljevic
Sign on Arbor: " Wine is Cheaper than Therapy"

Veris Cellars Tasting Room, December, 2011, ©B. Radisavljevic
Veris Cellars Tasting Room Dressed Up for Holidays, December, 2011

Here are the photos since the tasting room has been vacant.

Tasting Room, February, 2015, ©B. Radisavljevic
Tasting Room, February, 2015, ©B. Radisavljevic

Rose Garden, February, 2015, ©B. Radisavljevic
Rose Garden, February, 2015, ©B. Radisavljevic

Vacant Tasting Room ,September 27, 2015, ©B. Radisavljevic
Vacant Tasting Room ,September 27, 2015, ©B. Radisavljevic

I have just spoken to someone at Castoro Cellars, the new owners of this property, as to when it might reopen again and what they plan to do with it. Due to unexpected repairs they have to make to the property, they do not have a definite reopening date, but it isn't likely to be open in time for the holidays this year. I'm also told the gardens will be even better than they were. The tasting room will be more or a hang-out place than just a tasting room, and food will also be available. I can hardly wait for the reopening.