New “Experience kukkula” Private Tour with Winemaker Lets Wine Lovers Drink in Organically Grown Estate Wines and Locavore Picnic Paired with Summit Views of Paso Robles.
The Experience kukkula tour, led by co-owner/winemaker Kevin Jussila, starts with a hike through his hillside vineyard located in the Adelaida District of West Paso Robles. Guests can drink in sweeping views of the organically dry-farmed ranch as they hike past the head-pruned Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Counoise vines, as well as the rustic olive orchard. After working up an appetite, guests arrive at Jussila’s home, where they can savor 360-degree views of the property as they feast on a locavore brunch prepared by his wife and co-owner Paula. Here guests can truly appreciate the winery’s name, as “kukkula” means “high place” in Jussila’s native Finnish language. After that, they can walk off some calories as they head back to the tasting room, where they can reward themselves with a private wine tasting led by Kevin featuring current estate and allocated wines.
The three-hour experience costs just $40 per person and must be reserved in advance at www.kukkulawine.com (click on the “news & events” tab, then “events”). The experience debuts Feb. 18, 2017 and upcoming 2017 events include March 19, May 21, August 20 and Oct. 22. With an elevation change of up to 400 feet along a path just under a mile, guests should be prepared for a little exercise with hiking or running shoes. In the event that the vineyard is too wet from rain, the hike will take place along the 2/3 mile driveway to the residence.