After lunch we toured the inside of the winery and saw the fermentation process in action.
Two huge vats of crushed grapes drew a lot of attention. And of course one of our group had to ask the old question, "Do you still stomp on the grapes?" Our guide was practiced and used the query to help him launch an explanation of the hygiene required in today's facilities.
The oak barrels in the aging area were stacked high.
With that we returned to the sales room where bottles of the available brews could be ordered to take back to the ship or be shipped to your home or to friends and relatives.
Luckily, the visitor center was still open here. I won't go heavy on the history of this heroic woman here as it can be found in many places. All I will say is that while wintering with the Mandan Indians in North Dakota on their first westward journey Lewis and Clark met a French-Canadian trapper named Toussaint Charbonneau and hired him as an interpreter. Charbonneau's young wife was a Shoshone Indian who had been kidnapped at the age of 12 and then sold to the trapper. She was allowed to accompany her husband and gave birth to a son named Jean Baptiste in February of 1805 while traveling with the party. Her contributions along the way were many, varied, and historic.
The interior of the museum has some nice diorama paintings including an illustration of how the pioneer wagons were adapted to river raft travel by removing their wheels.
Another one showed what the keel boat used on the Missouri River might have looked like.
Thanks for reading and I hope to see you in the next chapter when we will go through the famous Wallaua Gap and into the Columbia Gorge.