Touch the Terroir

 Touch the Terroir is a four day harvest boot camp for sommeliers and retail wine buyers from across the country.  It is held annually in early October, and it is by invitation to individuals in the wine trade who have been recognized by a Spring Mountain Winery as someone who is passionate about fine wine.  It is for wine professionals interested in three days of hands-on education in a summer camp atmosphere.

Attendees work along side winemakers and vineyard managers.  They taste a great many wines from the district from current releases to barrel samples.  They form lasting friendships and contacts with the community on Spring Mountain and with fellow attendees. They experience the beauty of the Spring Mountain District during the most exciting time of the year.

 It is an opportunity to learn about the nuances of harvest and winemaking on Spring Mountain’s rugged hillside terrain, appreciate what is unique in the AVA’s terroir; and understand how it influences what is in the bottle. For more information about Touch the Terroir contact any member of the association. An application for Touch the Terroir can be downloaded in the download section of this website. For more information drop a note to Tom Ferrell whose contact information is on the application.

“Wow – what an amazing experience! You and all your members went way over the top and provided an exceptional and unique program that will stand out as one of the best ever for me!”                                           Mark Maguire, Dallas, TX    Harvest 2012

“My thanks for a great event, an experience I will never forget. I am one of the biggest wine nerds you’ll ever meet and I was just thrilled to be a part of this experience.”
Larry Weider, Cleveland Hts, OH    Harvest 2012

“Thank you so much for hosting such a great event! I know everyone including myself thoroughly enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. I can’t wait to get back up there as soon as the Holiday’s are over!”                               Christie Cartwright, Hollywood, CA    Harvest 2012

Past Participants

Ace Wine & Spirits, Boulder CO
ad hoc, Yountville CA
Arterra, Marriott Del Mar CA
Au Pied de Cochon, Miami Beach FL
Back Street Café, Hugo’s & Trevisio Restaurants, Houston TX
Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits, Annapolis MD
Bistro Vendome, Denver CO
Bloomberg News, New York NY
Bob’s Steak & Chop House, Grapevine TX
Bordinos Restaurant & Bar, Fayetville AR
Bounty Hunter Rare Wines and Provisions , Napa CA
Brinkmann’s Wine & Spirits, Franklin TN
Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Buena Vista, FL
Café on the Green @ Four Seasons, Las Colinas, CA
Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts, Calgary, Alberta Canada
Capital Hotel, Littlerock, Ark
Capitol Bar & Grill, Little Rock AR
Charlie Palmer Steak, Reno NV
Chops Lobster Bar, Boca Raton Fl
Cin-Cin, Los Gatos CA
Colonial Wine & Spirits, Little Rock AR
Cool River, Greenwood Village CO
Cru Park Meadows, Lone Tree CO
D Magazine / Side Dish, Dallas TX
Dickson Street Liquor, Fayetteville AR
Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville MA
D’Vine Bistro & Wine Bar, Mesa AZ
D’Vine Wine Café, Charlotte, NC
Edgewater Beach Hotel, Naples FL
El Dorado Casino, Reno NV
Eleven Madison Park, Astoria NY
Empire Restaurant Group, Wichita KS
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, Forrestville CA
Fearing’s – Ritz Carlton, Dallas TX
Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Houston TX
George’s at the Cove, La Jolla CA
Ghidotti’s Italian Restaurant, Park City UT
Hillgrove Wine Cellars, Western Springs, IL
Central Market, Houston TX
Hyatt Regency Incline Village, Lake Tahoe NV
Jacob Liquor Exchange, Wichita KS
JJ Buckley, Oakland CA
JTK Cuisine & Cocktails, Lincoln, NE


K&L Wine Merchants, Hollywood CA
K&L Wine Merchants, SF CA
KSL La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad CA
Le Colonial, Chicago IL
Lot18, NY NY
LXR Luxury Resorts, Boca Raton Fl
Magnum Wine Tastings, Sarasota, Fl
Market Del Mar, Del Mar CA
Mark’s, Houston TX
Marti’s Camp Club, Truckee CA
Max of Eastman, Max Chophouse, Max Market, Rochester NY
MRH Dallas Partners I, Dallas TX
Oakroom-Seelbach Hilton, Louisville KY
Palm Too Restaurant, NY NY
Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants, Boone, NC
Preisier Key to Napa Valley, Napa CA
Printers Row Wine Shop & Gentile’s Wine Shop, Chicago IL
Quince, San Francisco CA
Relish, Breckenridge CO
Ritz Carlton / Elway’s, Denver CO
River Oaks Country Club, Houston TX
Ruth Chris, Edmonton Alberta
Springdale Liquor Association, AR
Spruce Restaurant/Waldorf Astoria, Park City UT
STK Miami, Miami Beach FL
Stokes Bar & Grill / Omaha Wine Company , Omaha NE
Sunset Ridge Country Club, Northfield, IL
TAO, NY NY
Taste, Cleveland Heights OH
The American Restaurant, Kansas City, MO
The Capital Grille, Irvine CA
The Elysian Waldorf Astoria, Chicago IL
The Grand Del Mar, San Diego CA
The Mercury, Richardson TX
The Savory Grape Wine Shop, East Greenwich RI
The Tasting Room, Houston TX
The Wine Vault, Charlotte, NC
The Woodcliff Restaurant, Fremont NE
Vaquero Club, Westlake TX
Viloette Restaurant, Atlanta GA
Wild Ginger, Triple Door, Seattle WA
Zed 451 Chicago, Chicago IL
Zoe’s, Virginia Beach VA


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