From Vine To Wine
Shade Mountain Vineyard encompasses over 68 acres of vineyards that are home to a remarkable array of 40 different grape varieties: among them Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Sangiovese, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Lemberger, Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Traminette, Steuben, Niagara, and Concord to name a few.
The grapes not used for Shade Mountain’s purposes are then sold to other PA wineries! They also boast an entire line of fruit wines ranging in sweetness levels from semi-sweet to sweet. These wines are made from actual Pennsylvania-grown fruit, except for the Cranberry. Our fruit wines include Apple, Raspberry, Elderberry, Blackberry, Cherry, Strawberry, and Peach. Karl enjoys the challenge of growing grapes in the northeast, so he is always looking for new varieties to cultivate successfully. The grapes are his babies and he is particularly proud of controlling the whole process from vine to wine. He is quoted as saying, “a great glass of wine starts with the vines”.
Relax At The Winery
The winery is housed in a 19th Century converted bank barn and has grown to produce OVER 30,000 gallons of wine annually. In 2006 the barn underwent a renovation and added an event room with expansive decks overlooking the vineyard. Many events are held throughout the year including the Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail March Madness Month every March, Shade Mountain’s Annual Fall Festival (where you can actually stomp the grapes!) held every second weekend in October, birthdays, showers, and live music weekends. Shade Mountain Winery is a wonderful place to enjoy wine tasting and purchase unique local gifts. Carolyn is a food and wine-pairing expert and shares some of her recipes with us now and then.
Please be sure to make Shade Mountain Winery a stop on your next trip through Central Pennsylvania, as we promise you a warm family reception, beautiful and serene views, and most importantly, high quality local wine for all to enjoy!