Ever wonder why various bottle labels at Bully Hill Vineyards feature images of goats? The irrepressible Walter S. Taylor and Guilt Free the goat started it all.
In 1977, just seven years after launching Bully Hill in the wake of being ousted from Taylor Wine Co., Walter Taylor found himself battling a lawsuit against Coca-Cola. The beverage giant owned a controlling interest in Taylor Wine at the time and sought to prevent Taylor from using his family name at Bully Hill.
Taylor complied by signing Bully Hill’s bottle labels “Walter S. XXXX.” And he gladly mugged for photos with Guilt Free, often remarking, “They have my name and heritage, but they didn’t get my goat.”
Today, Bully Hill’s lineup includes a blend of Marechal Foch and Baco Noir known as Love My Goat, a blend of Seyval Blanc and Vidal Blanc called Goat White, and a blend of Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc and Colobe called Le Goat Blush. Other options range from Cabernet Franc to various styles of Riesling.
Complementing the winery’s vibrant history is the on-site museum, which showcases more than 200 pieces of artwork that Taylor made over his lifetime.
Tasting room hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, year-round. Reservations recommended for groups of 10 or more. Accessibility: Fully accessible. Tasting fee: $2 for five samples; $5 for five samples and the wineglass. Amenities: Free 30-minute tours offered daily, weather permitting. The Greyton H. Taylor Wine Museum, the Walter S. Taylor Art Museum and the Cooper Shop are open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, from mid-May through October. Call ahead for exact hours at the on-site restaurant, which has indoor and outdoor seating.