Pollak Vineyards opens in Greenwood

Five years after planting their first French vinifera vine, Pollak Vineyards is finally welcoming visitors. Located on a 98-acre piece of land in Greenwood, the winery corked its first bottles in 2005, a Bordeaux-style Meritage blend that recently won a slew of medals in the Monticello Wine Competition. Owners Margo and David Pollak (pictured), who was a partner in a Napa Valley winery, say it's been their "dream" to open a vineyard and that their goal is "to make French-style wines from estate-grown grapes." To that end, they also offer a viognier, pinot gris, cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot. Later this summer, they'll release a chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon.

Summer wine tasting hours: daily, 11am to 5pm (there is small fee). Winter hours will be 11am to 5pm, Wednesday through Saturday. You're also welcome to bring a picnic lunch. For more info, visit the Pollack Vineyard website.