Don't let the outside of Barnstormer fool you. It is not a rustic barn, but rather a large space with lots to check out, including some great wines. We were fortunate enough to be able to sit and relax as a small group in the Aviator Lounge. Hanna took care of us and was pleasant and knew her wines. We tried a flight which we enjoyed. The mulled wine would be great with a Thanksgiving dinner etc. They sell a kit and a free sample came with our tasting (warm, smelled great and perfect for the fall season). The decor was pretty cool (aviation themed).
Wonderful experience! Out of all the wineries we visited this past weekend Barnstormer was our favorite. Welcoming atmosphere and cozy seating area for your tasting. Art was very personable and knowledgeable and really made our time there very enjoyable. Delicious wine. We bought 4 bottles. We'll definitely be back.
Wow, just wow! This very unassuming winery delivers on all fronts! Great wines (our favorites were the dry rose, bubbly Riesling and departure red blend), great music (Mumford, Lumineers, etc.), friendly staff that was very knowledgeable and even offered our kids popsicles!, and great ambiance with a welcoming bar and cozy spots to sip. Their merchandise was also top notch and super practical unlike many other wineries. It was November so we didn’t get to experience outside but the grounds look gorgeous and great for kids and pups to roam in the summer. This might be our favorite winery. Highly recommend!
We came to Barnstormer Winery on 7/30 for a tasting. The space is small and unassuming from the outside, lovely inside, with a tasting area set up with comfy chairs around a cozy wood stove fireplace. There was also some outdoor seating space set up, but we sat inside. Our tasting guide (didn't catch his name), in addition to being incredibly knowledgeable about wines and the region in general, also teaches at Ithaca College. The wines were delicious and we loved that our guide really took the time to explain each wine to us, how it was made, and where it came from. He clearly is passionate about wine and made us excited about each one as he poured it with his excellent and exuberant descriptions. He also chatted a bit with us about the region and encouraged guests to chat with each other, making the experience even more inviting and interesting. He gave us a great dinner recommendation, which we took, and enjoyed very much. There were two other women assisting with the tastings who were equally attentive and accommodating. We got into a lengthy conversation with another couple tasting at the same time as us and lost track of time enjoying our wines and chatting, eventually running over closing time, and the staff simply continued on, cleaning and closing up without saying anything to us or even giving us a look for overstaying our welcome (apologies to the staff!). We did the dry flight (flight #1) and liked all of the wines. It was unusual to see a sangiovese in this area - the rose they made from this grape was quite tasty. The sip of port provided at the end of the tasting was also surprisingly delicious (we're not usually fans of dessert wines). This winery is a must-visit when in the area for sure!
First of all, I never leave reviews, so the fact that I'm writing this should be an indication of how great this place is. We stopped in randomly on a Friday and were greeted with a warm welcome. The venue is charming and very clean. Art led our tasting, and he was so knowledgeable! I highly recommend doing your tasting with him if he is available. Overall, a fantastic experience!
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