9515 Chimney Rock Rd., west side, (805) 227-0111. Tasting: $30; by reservation or walk-in.
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Located on a rural back road and overlooking the Adelaida Schoolhouse, boutique winery kukkula (its name means “high place” in Finnish) specializes in Rhone blends made with the Grenache grape and Paso-grown Counoise. One unusual and tasty wine is the 2018 Aatto, which is a blend of Counoise, Mourvedre, and Grenache. “Aatto” means “eve,” and this wine was named for the owner’s dad who was born on Christmas eve.
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The sleek tasting room is inside a small, modern facility featuring sustainable contemporary architecture. This family-run winery uses dry farming and organic methods to produce grapes with intense flavor. Though it does some local distribution, kukkula sends most of its bottles to Finland and to wine club members. Stop in for a tasting to learn more.
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A new hilltop picnic area features five oak-shaded picnic tables and a 356-degree valley view. Tables are available only by reservation (the $50 fee is waived for wine club members).