Brenda and I decided to visit the Long Trout Winery in West Brunswick Township, PA on Presidents Day. When we arrived, we had no idea what we were in for. It became immediately apparent that Long Trout was no ordinary winery. The first thing we saw as we started down the stairs was the “grave stone” dedicated to The Three Stooges. Since it was the week before Haloween, we didn’t think too much of it but this was just the beginning of what turned out to be a very unique experience.
Except for its placement in the middle of the woods, the Long Trout Winery looked much like many others from the outside. But from the moment we walked in the door, everything changed. Owners Kim and Tom Leibensperger opened Long Trout Winery in 2002 and have been having fun decorating it ever since. The inside of the winery is like a museum of 1960’s memorabilia. There are thousands of pictures, statues and toys of everyone from John Lennon to the characters from Star Trek. Perhaps the most distinctive was the big marijuana leaf (not real) displayed prominently behind the tasting bar. There is a whole rack of cassette tapes representing the music of The Beatles to Frank Zappa and everyone in between. I spent the better part of an hour just wandering around looking.
Long Trout’s 41 wines and their labels are every bit as eclectic as the decor. With names like Forever Strawberry Fields and Hippie Way Chardonnay, how could they be anything else? Perhaps the most unusual wine I tasted there was the Heavy Breather, a white wine blend with a hint of orange and a stronger hint of chocolate. While we were visiting, Tom was in the process of blending their latest wine, a yet unnamed pumpkin wine. What else could we expect from the Leibenspergers in October?
Besides the winery, Long Trout also has a nine hole disc golf course on the grounds. The 4,500 foot course is free to play during the winery’s regular hours. Even if you’re not a wine lover, if you’re a child of the 60s, you’ll want to visit the Long Trout Winery.
The Long Trout Winery is part of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail and participates in their many yearly events. Their winter hours are Wednesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, Saturdays from 1:00 to 7:00 and Sundays from 11:00 to 5:00. If you visit on a nice day, bring your picnic basket because there’s plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the scenery. Long Trout Winery, “where wine is cool and hippie chicks rule” is conveniently located just off Pennsylvania Route 61 near the Reading exit. For complete directions visit Long Trout Winery’s website or call 570-366-6443.