Foot Path is not your typical winery. It’s off the beaten path on Glen Oaks Road. The property and drive are marked by a banner.
This isn’t a shiny tasting room that you are driving into, it is a working organic farm. Grapes are just part of what they do. As you pull up you see the horses and then the metal warehouse that is the winery. Stroll in and you find barrels on one side and a tasting bar set up in the center.
In all likelihood the person behind the bar is Deane Foote the owner and winemaker. It’s $10 to try 5 of their wines and they are all reds. Mr. Foote makes a small amount of white, but it is all for his wife! This is a family run farm and winery and Deane’s daughter came in while we were there to bring her dad lunch. Bandit one of the farm cats came in and wandered down the tasting bar. They are dog friendly, but with the cats…you have to have your dog on a leash. They do also sell produce from the farm and usually have that listed on the home page of their website so you can see what is in season. They grow pomegranates figs tangelos lemons grapefruit limes orange.
The wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc and a couple of blends. You won’t find lots of oak or extra stuff in the wines. The wines tend to be fruit forward, are unfiltered and are ready to drink now. In September family comes in from all over to harvest. This place is not shiny and it makes for a lovely contrast to some of the larger corporate wineries. It’s quieter, or maybe the noises are just different, horses munching on hay, cat meowing, the buzz of humming birds. This is farm and family and Deane Foote is making wines that he likes.