Saratoga Winery has only been open since the first of October and already it's outgrown itself, getting an expansion to make the Adirondack style tasting room about a third larger with more bar space and an unfinished outdoor deck.
We grew out of our space within the first four months of being here because we had so many requests for get-togethers, fundraisers, etc. We doubled our tasting bar to have a bigger area to cater to, said Tara Nimmo who co-owns the winery with her husband, Rich.
Tara Nimmo said they figured they'd build a steady store to start out with and then think about growing and expanding in different directions; but they never imagined it would happen so soon.
"We had such a great response from the community. The Saratoga tourism bureau is kind of peddling us as the new hotspot for visitors to go. We really took off and had a great holiday season and spring has been good as well," said Tara Nimmo.
A winery they can call their own is a new adventure for the Nimmos but making wine isn't"they've been doing it for about eight years now.
"Rich's uncle has a winery in Pennsylvania and visiting it made us interested. We really found a passion and love for it and enjoyed the whole process and idea of making wine," said Tara Nimmo. "This evolved from our wine cellar at home where we'd been making wine to a business venture, which is something we always wanted to do."
They decided to jump right in and make it happen when Rich Nimmo was diagnosed with cancer last year at the age of 30. This potential roadblock helped everything come together faster than anticipated, considering the property needed to be completely renovated to include electric, plumbing, heat, walls and a roof.