It is happening right here in Westlake Village proper. A vineyard is being born on the property of the Westlake Village Inn. I don't know the landscape artist, but it looks like it will be a true vineyard ala Napa, well, a mini-Napa. Olive trees outline the property with beauty and grace. A water fountain will embrace the northeast corner of Agoura Road and Lakeview Canyon Road. Intertwined with the vines will be rose bushes with their magical drawing scent. Three separate areas of vines, hopefully three varietals have been planted. Mediterraneo is located behind the vineyard. Very dramatic and romantic. A hint of Tuscany fills the air.
If you are interested on where wine starts, then do come over to check the vineyard at the Westlake Village Inn Resort. You will see up close the H brace end posts and the line posts with the tight tension wire that hold the grape vines and grapes off the ground. The irrigation hoses placed at each vine for watering when needed. The most important part of a vineyard, the vine. See how it is placed for guidance on the wires and the leaves and grapes, in season, in all their glory. I better get my wine future order in now for the first release in about four years. If not for me, then my family. Since I first wrote about the vineyard, the first crush for bottling has taken place in August 2012 and a new wine should be ready within two years. In the meantime an addition has been opened as of November 1, 2012, called Stonehaus. It is a wine bar and light snack restaurant next door to Mediterraneo. This is a new refreshing spot to sip a few of the wines for both tastings and glass or bottle.
Westlake Village has a lake. It is a private lake for residents and guests of the residents only. Sorry, but that's the way it is. Homes surround the lake and many are on an Island.
All of them have their own dock off their yards. But, you can enjoy the view. Walking on the walkway by the Landing parking lot is a relaxed way to see the electric boats, sailboats, kayaks, and a few row boats on the water.
There are several restaurants, lakefront, that you can sit outside and enjoy the view with a drink or meal. A few of them are Boccaccios, an upscale Italian restaurant; Zin Bistro, my choice for a good party atmosphere and superb bar; Landing Grill & Sushi Bar, the one for sushi lovers. All three have lake side dining. If you out and about, try one out. You just may have found the better restaurants all in a row, right here in Westlake Village.
Westlake Village has hiking trails to enjoy the great outdoors. Location near the Santa Monica Mountains gives one the ability to hike trails with great views all within the area. There are also many walking trails that are tailored for the young and elderly that wind throught the neighborhoods of Westlake Village.
Your choice, a little rugged or a nice stroll. The rugged is an easy climb through the brush on a dirt trail. Located at Triunfo Creek Park, there are split trails. One the Westlake Vista trail and the other the Pentachaeta Trail. The nice stroll is a paved walkway around the dry Potrero Creek with green grass and trees for shade in the neighborhood. This path is south on Westlake Blvd. just past Bridgegate St. , on the right hand side. Enjoy your stroll. Please be careful and don't have open flame while walking our hills and trails. Fire starts by heat alone, we don't need careless smokers or campers in our hills. Thank you.
Play golf. There are many great gold courses in the area. Many are country clubs so find someone who belongs to take you out.
Sherwood Country Club and North Ranch Country Club are two of the nicest courses in California. Also many nice public courses.