The word boutique is typically used to describe a small shop with fashionable clothing. Or a small shop with specialized clientele. But now the word boutique is used to describe a small winery in the middle of nowhere.
A boutique winery makes small batches of wine by hand. The workers in a boutique winery often wear many hats and may work in all areas including the vineyard, winery and tasting room. They touch the vines, the grapes, the bottles, and help cork, label, and cap. These people see winemaking as a craft and an artform. They don't make wine on a grand scale, they create small, unique, limited runs. These workers are so hands on that they treat the business as their own. The workers make the difference at a boutique winery and tend to have a special passion and enthusiasm for their wines.
The owners and employees of a boutique winery establish a very personal connection with not only their wines but also their guests. It is not uncommon for the winemaker to interact with guests. In the case of Cold Country, don't be surprised if you see owner and winemaker Jay Stoeger show up in the tasting room with a laboratory science beaker filled with his latest yet-to-be-bottled wine.
A boutique winery is a small winery, in the middle of nowhere, with passionate people creating wine as an artform. BAM - That's us! Cold Country Vines & Wines is proud to be a boutique winery!