We toured Nicholson Ranch as part of four wineries booked through Platypus Tours. Our time there was easily the highlight of the day. The ranch is on a beautiful piece of property, and it was just such a relaxing, enjoyable experience being there.
The owner was probably the highlight- he obviously takes great pride in his work and was extremely knowledgeable. He allowed us to ask numerous questions, and always had a good answer about the way they do things. He gave us some great insight into their approach (which is different in many ways to other wineries we've toured). He just provided a lot of information in a short amount of time, and kept it interesting. I wasn't bored for a second.
The tour was interesting- we walked through their vineyard, and were encouraged to grab a grape off the vine and taste it (we've been to 9 wineries, and this was the first place that allowed us to do that). We went into their winery, saw the equipment, went into the man-made-caves, and explored that area. Unlike other reviewers, we didn't get stuck in the elevator (and had no problems with 11-12 people in it). The wines we tasted were quite good, and we purchased one.
I've been to enough wineries at this point to know the good from the bad. Nicholson wasn't my favorite winery, but it was clearly the best one we visited on this day, and I'd certainly recommend it to others.
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