Oklahoma: Wine Enthusiast’s Playground

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by Amanda Pittenger

Oklahoma is well on its way to becoming a premier destination for wine lovers from all over the United States with over 52 wineries established here. Locals and tourists alike can be found touring Oklahoma vineyards, learning from knowledgeable vintners, and sipping samples of wine made from grapes cultivated in Oklahoma soil.  The autumn months are the perfect time to get out and visit the numerous vineyards and wineries that adorn the state’s diverse landscape. Fall is a time for harvesting grapes and provides the opportune experience for even the novice wine enthusiast. Oklahoma has wineries throughout the state that makes a diverse tasting excursion possible for those interested in participating in the experience of visiting several locations in one day. 

Tidal School

Located between Oklahoma City and Tulsa in the historic boomtown of Drumright, Tidal School offers visitors a “California-style” winery experience right on the edge of Green Country.  The main building of the winery features a tasting room, gift shop, banquet room, and outdoor patio overlooking the vineyard.  Tidal School is known throughout the region for their award winning wine Impressao, as well as their Oklahoma Sweet and Zen Zin.  Events are abundant at Tidal School as they feature a live, typically local, musician most Saturday afternoons.  Tidal School is an impressive backdrop for a relaxing afternoon.

Upcoming events include Quasimojo featuring vocals by Jennifer Marriott October 29, G3 Jazz Trio November 5, and Rick Reiley November 19.  For complete event details visit the Tidal School website at www.tidalschool.com.

Wakefield Winery

Situated near Ada, Wakefield Winery is an adult-only destination for those wishing to relax and take their time.  The vineyards and winery are accompanied by a full-service bed and breakfast that boasts it has served locals from nearby Gentry, as well as visitors from as far away as Italy.  Wakefield has nine types of grapes growing throughout their four-acre vineyard including Cabernet and Riesling varieties. Their Honeymoon Sweet wine combines the sweetness of peaches with the buttery notes of a Chardonnay, and is also an Oklahoma Fair Gold Medal winner.  Wakefield’s number one seller is named Sex in the Vineyard.  It is a sweet black cherry Pinot Noir and has also won awards from the Oklahoma State Fair. 

The Wakefield Winery experience offers an all-inclusive stay at their secluded bed and breakfast which can also include time with their in-house massage therapist, strolls with your partner through their vineyard, and a romantic wine dinner overlooking the evening sunset.  For more information visit the Wakefield Country Inn website at www.wakefieldcountryinn.com.

Tres Suenos Winery

Not far from the bustling activity of Oklahoma City, Tres Suenos is truly a wine enthusiast’s sanctuary.  Located near Luther, Tres Suenos has a new 4,000 square foot tasting room that makes for a beautiful location that is perfect for a relaxing afternoon with friends and family.  The tasting room overlooks the four-acre vineyard and 80 acres of woodland.  Their harvest includes grape varieties such as Merlot, Shiraz, and Chardonnay, as well as a Native American grape used in the creation of one of their newest offerings called Cynthiana. Tres Suenos boasts a broad wine selection and is sure to have something for every palate.  This season they have bottled Nouveau, which is seen from larger producers as a limited edition wine to drink late fall and early winter.  Tres Suenos Nouveau is an annual festival wine bottled young and made from the Zinfandel grape. 

Tres Suenos welcomes parties of all sizes to their winery and vineyard for private events, weddings, or simply casual tastings.  For more information visit their website at www.tressuenos.com.

Woods and Waters

Oklahoma’s largest vineyard can be found in Caddo County, not far from the historic town of Anadarko.   Established in 1998 in the center of a 600-acre ranch, Woods and Waters is the first commercial winery in Caddo County. Planted in the vineyard are 11 varieties of wine grapes including Cabernet, Chardonnay, and Muscat.  Because of their size, the vintners of Woods and Waters have successfully created numerous wines that are sure to please even the most discriminating connoisseur.  Woods and Waters is truly an enthusiast’s playground.  The Winery Bistro proudly offers many unique dishes created with European flair to visitors every Saturday afternoon. The winery also provides fine-dining service on Friday and Saturday evenings in Vino’s Italian Steakhouse and Wine Bar, however, reservations are requested for this experience. 

The wine selection at Woods and Waters is vast, but some of their varieties are produced in limited quantities so it is advised that buyers visit the website often to keep up to date on the current offerings.  For more information on the wines and events at Woods and Waters visit their website at www.woodsandwaterswinery.com.

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