As we enter the last weekend of March, you still have the opportunity to take advantage of the Barrels on the Brandywine Event put on by the member wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail. The Brandywine Valley Wine Trail encompasses seven wineries (soon to be eight) ranging from just west of Philadelphia to eastern Lancaster County. Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5:00 are the last two days of the event and offer a perfect opportunity to sample the new 2008 vintages at each location.
With over 120 Limited Wineries, Pennsylvania has a rich variety of wineries throughout the state. Of the seven on the trail in this region, five are located in Chester County, one in Delaware County, and one in Lancaster County. Locally, there are two that are easily accessible for anyone in Delaware County or New Castle County Delaware.
Penns Woods Winery is the only winery exclusively located in Delaware County. Situated just west of Route 202 on Beaver Valley Road in Chadds Ford Township, Gino Razzi started crafting wines in 2002 and in 2004 bought the former Smithbridge Winery. This has allowed him to take advantage of a combination of 25 year old vines on an ideal vineyard site with the latest in technology in his state of the art processing facility. This is a smaller exclusive winery producing about 2000 cases per year grown, processed, and bottled in Delaware County.
Just to the west of the Brandywine Creek in Chester County is the Chaddsford Winery. The Barrels on the Brandywine event is just the beginning as they gear up for the Spring season. Beginning in April, they kick off their Spring Wine Education Schedule with Wine 101 on April 9. This is the first of nine scheduled events lasting through May 17th. In addition, they are beginning their New Technical Tour of the winery on April 1. Finally, following up on their successful promotion in 2008, they are again joining with WMMR's Pierre Robert to produce a new wine, "Pierre Noir", for 2009. Bottled locally here in Chadds Ford, the winery both grows its own grapes at the Miller Estate Vineyard in Elverson and purchases additional grapes from throughout the area.
As we continue into Spring, this is another great opportunity to get out and sample more of what the area has to offer. Enjoy!
As always, if you have any questions or need any information on your real estate needs, do not hesitate to contact me anytime.