About Shade Mountain Vineyards
In 1989 Karl and Carolyn Zimmerman converted their Snyder County corn and soybean farm into a vineyard. Since then their four adult children have returned home to join the family business. Karl and sons, Bill and Ben, spend their days in the vines and vats while Carolyn and daughters, Amy and Jenny, staff the tasting rooms. As one can already surmise, "Family" is a huge part of what makes Shade Mountain Winery "work." The Zimmerman Family has "added on" to their brood over the years, and has been blessed with an amazing grouping of in-laws and friends that will drop anything to help the business "soldier on" during festival and holiday seasons. The spouses of Amy, Bill & Ben had no idea what they married in to! Brian, Kara and Wendy are always happy to help in affairs related to the business....and find themselves often times manning booths at off-site festivals during the summer months. The three of them are blessings....and the support they offer is rivaled by none. Daughter, Amy (and her husband, Brian), and son, Bill (and his wife Kara), have all produced members of the third generation. Amy and Brian's children, Carly, Peter and Michael Scorsone, have already been thrown into the mix and spend their days at the winery picking grapes during harvest and moving empty boxes during the bottling process. Bill and Kara's first child, Edie Zimmerman, stops by from time to time and enjoys "rearranging Gammy's tasting room to her liking! And their son, Sam, arrived in October of 2016....and has yet to fully absorb what he's been born into! No doubt he will follow in his father's footsteps and learn to enjoy the "greatness of the grape!" They are ALL the apples (or grapes would be more fitting!) of their Pappy and Gammy's eyes and bring much happiness even during the most tiring and stressful times!
Shade Mountain Vineyards 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, Chardonnay, 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".
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 vines. Many events are held throughout the year including the Susquehanna Heartland's 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. 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 wine for all to enjoy!