Snow makes winery a winter wonderland

Snow makes winery a winter wonderland

VENETA, Ore. - Rows of wine grape vines give way to rolling hills at King Estate, a perfect place to meet friends for lunch, Clinton and Valerie Holmes of Veneta said.

"Some friends of ours are going to meet us here so several days ago we set up the trip and said 'oh let's meet up here, get some drinks and get lunch," Clinton Holmes said. "Just happened to snow today."

Amidst frost-dappled vines and flurries of snowflakes, the vineyard and winery took on a new look.

"It's almost like being in a snowglobe where you see the big flurries blustering outside and you have these big windows," said Austin Kumm, the King Estate visitor center manager. "Very warm and cozy atmosphere."

On days like these, being in the "snowglobe" makes it all worth it - even for those working behind the scenes.

"Especially when its snowing, we kind of get distracted a little bit," said Katie Cooper, a cook at King Estate. "We go and see if it's still snowing."

Summer is the busy season at King Estate, but the Leap Day snow storm made for a magical visit to a special place.

"It's a nice drive through the country," Clinton Holmes said. "The view is always good up here."