Monday, July 31, 2017

Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

The thing I love about wine trails is the diversity, the landscape, and fun unique experiences. Thankfully, the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail has all three. 

Each location is unique, offers different varieties of wine, ambiance, and scenery. One location offers traditional ciders, old world style. 

The trail offers much more than just simple tastings. The Brandywine Valley Wine Trail lies in the picturesque rolling hills of Chester County.  The journey to each of the five wineries and one cidery is half the fun. One could compare the scenery to something you would experience in the countryside of Europe

Local Landmarks

Make time during your journey to visit some of the areas historic landmarks.
  • Visit the 1,077 plus acres of botanical gardens, woodlands, and meadows at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
  • Brandywine Battlefield in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania brings the historic revolutionary war battle back to life. 

Beyond The Tastings

If you plan your visit accordingly, you can join some of the wineries at one of their many yearly events. 

Some of the past and future events include:
  • Concerts
  • Yoga in the Vineyard
  • Bird Watching
  • Movie Night
  • Floral Workshops
  • Vineyard Bootcamp
  • Comedy Night
  • Girl Scout Cookie Pairing
  • 5 K in the Vineyard

Stay For A While

Make a weekend out of your visit and stay at some of Brandywine Valley's charming Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels

The Wineries

Built on dreams with determination, Carole and Jim Kirkpatrick began making wine in 1989. Together with their friends and families they have captured the art of the wine making process, from vine to bottle. Kreutz Creek Vineyards invites you to participate in the ultimate wine experience.

553 South Guernsey Rd. West Grove, PA, 19390
Sat 11am - 6pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm

Borderland Vineyard started in 2006 by brother and sister, Karen and Kurt. They reclaimed their beloved parent's Fall Line Farm and planted Merlot, Cabernet Savignon, Cabernet Franc and some experimental rows of Malbec and Syrah. The aim for Borderland Vineyard wines is to capture the natural beauty of the area in small batches of wine crafted from grapes grown on the farm and nearby. 

332 Indiantown, Rd,  Landenberg, PA, 19350

Fri 1pm-7pm
Sat 1pm-7pm
Sun 1pm-5pm

Sarah and Ben Cody are both 5th generation farmers from the mid-west with a passion for great wine.   In 2014 they purchased 36 acres of the historic McMaster farm in Landenberg, PA.   The farm was saved from high density development and has been placed in the Chester County Agricultural Land Preservation program. The land was originally settled in 1723, hence the naming of the vineyard.  In fact, Benjamin Franklin once owned a portion of the farm, along with adjoining property, at the same time he was serving as ambassador to France. Sarah and Ben feel blessed to be the custodians of these fertile soils made up of silt and clay loam interspersed with gravelly quartz.   Their family and friends helped plant the initial 3 acres in 2015, with plantings growing to 8 acres in 2016, and 11 acres in 2017.
Coming in Spring 2018
5 McMaster Blvd, Landenberg, PA, 19350

They are a family run orchard nestled in the rolling hills of Southeastern PA. After tearing down and rebuilding a former airy farm, Old Stone Cider opened their first tasting room and sales floor in the building in 2016. They believe in carrying on the agricultural heritage of the region and are proud to be growing heirloom apple varieties, some hundreds of years old. 

995 Chesterville Rd, Lewisville, PA, 19351
(484) 441-3344.
Sat 11am-5am

Paradocx Vineyard, nestled among the rolling hills of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, combines current technology and handcrafted secrets to create unique wines, made from homegrown grapes, and from those of only selected custom growers.

With over 100 acres of land, 30 of which are under vine, Paradocx's home vineyard in Landenberg, Pennsylvania offers an array of grapes for head winemaker Gabriel Rubilar to choose from, including 27 acres of vinifera vines and 3 acres of Chambourcin and Vidal vines. By providing only the finest grapes that our site has to offer, we are able to afford our winemaker with the best possible start for a quality wine in the bottle.

Paradocx Vineyard is owned and operated by the Hoffman and Harris Families. The name of the winery is a play on words, as the four principles are practicing physicians (Pair of Docs). In addition to a full-time staff, members of both families and committed friends tend to make the winery a successful venture.

1833 Flint Hill Rd, Landenberg, PA, 19350

Fri   12pm-8pm
Sat 12pm-6pm
Sun 12pm-6pm

It is said, “in wine there is truth.” At Wayvine’s family owned and operated winery and Vineyard, brothers Zachary and James Wilson believe hard work and attention to detail is a testament to that truth. Wayvine is located in Nottingham, PA at the bottom of the BV Wine Trail. Their estate Winery and Vineyard is found on their 260 acre farm with 16 acres of grapes that were hand planted in the best spots on the farm. Wayvine grows exceptional grapes that are meticulously crafted into extraordinary wine. When visiting the grounds you can expect to be welcomed into the family! Nancy Wilson (mother) runs the tasting room with a true passion for hosting the guests and isn’t scared to bring you out of your comfort zone. Dave Wilson (father)  will probably be enjoying a glass of wine with you and getting caught up in old stories of his farming days. The goal at Wayvine is to truly give you an experience, that is why we must mention the Queen of the grounds Eva Wilson(vineyard pup) and Trish Leach (fiancĂ© to Zachary) who do their best to keep the boys in line out in the fields. The Family run business is truly an extraordinary place to visit and maintained by a family that continues to be incredibly passionate in every aspect of their operation and lives. Wayvine would like to welcome you into their family! Cheers!
4374 Forge Rd, Nottingham. PA
Fri 5pm-8pm*Sat 12pm-6pm*Sun 12pm-6pm

One Final Thought
Did you know that the oldest woman in the world claimed she owed her never ending beauty to olive oil, red wine, and chocolate. Did she swim in it or drink it? Talk about an elixir. And you Potter fans thought the Sorcerers Stone was cool. Try a potion of this for size? At The Market at Liberty Place we can provide the chocolate and the wine however you have to press your own olives. 

Be sure to visit the 
Brandywine Valley Wine Trail 
website for more information.
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