A few weeks ago Brenda and I visited The Blue Mountain Vineyards and Winery in New Tripoli, PA. Owners Joe and Vickie Greff have been planting grapes on their farm since 1986. Beginning with a modest five acres, they have now expanded their vineyards to cover nearly 100 acres. The winery offers beautiful panoramas of the Blue Mountain Range from its indoor and outdoor decks. Feel free to bring your picnic basket and enjoy a picnic lunch at the winery.
When we visited, we were treated to a tour of the vineyard as employees were in the process of harvesting this year’s Chambourcin grapes. We found the staff very friendly and accommodating.
Brenda really enjoyed Blue Mountain’s Bri’s Blush. At a reasonable $9.50 a bottle, she found its fruity flavor very pleasurable. My favorite was their 2005 Merlot which won a gold medal at the 2008 Eastern International Wine Competition and a bronze medal at the 2008 Finger Lakes Wine Competition. The Merlot sells for $18.00 per bottle.
Blue Mountain also has a well stocked gift shop where you can purchase all the accessories you’ll need to make your wine and cheese party a great success.
We really enjoyed our visit to Blue Mountain Vineyards and we highly recommend it to you. Don’t forget your wine carrier because Brenda and I know you’ll want to bring home a selection of their fine wines. For more information, including their complete wine list, visit www.bluemountainwine.com.
Directions to Blue Mountain:
From Interstate 78, take route 100 north for nine miles to route 309 north. Follow 309 north for three miles to route 143 and turn left. Go ¼ mile and take a right on Madison St. Follow Madison St. for one mile and the winery will be on your right.
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