On October 4th I was on my way to Mahoning Valley speedway and stoped to visit the Galen Glen Vineyard and Winery in Andreas, PA. The winery is tucked back up a hill in the beautiful Lehigh Valley near Lehighton and Tamaqua. The farm has been in the Troxel family for over 200 years and winery owner Galen Troxel purchased the farm from his father in 1994. The idea of planting grapes and opening a winery on the site was the result of two non-related events. Galen received a bottle of wine made in Hawaii from a friend and it reminded him of the land he saw grapes growing on during a business trip to Germany. Galen hired a vineyard consultant and together they decided that the site was very good for growing wine grapes. The fist vines were planted in 1995 and Galen has been making wine here since 1998. Today over 90% of the grapes in Galen Glen’s wines are grown on the family farm. Only the Concord and Chambourcin are purchased from other Pennylvania growers.
My favorite wine from Galen Glen is the award winning Cabernet Franc 2006 which sells for $16.00 per bottle. It’s a dry red with firm, palate clearing tannins. The Cabernet Franc is the first Pennsylvania wine to be included on the wine list at the prestigious Restaurant School in Philadelphia. I also enjoyed the Barrel Twenty-Nine, a sweet, red dessert wine that reminds me of a vintage port. Enjoy it after dinner with your favorite chocolate or a fine cigar. The Barrel Twenty-Nine sells for $17.00 for a 375 ml bottle or $25.00 for a 750 ml bottle.
Galen Glen Winery specializes in custom wine labeling and sponsors several wine and food events each year. Full details can be found at www.galenglen.com. I strongly recommend that you pay a visit to Galen Glen Vineyard and Winery on your next trip to the Lehigh Valley. And next time you head out to your favorite picnic grounds, pack a couple bottles of Galen Glen’s wine in your picnic basket or picnic backpack and have a great time.
Map of the area surrounding Galen Glen Vineyard and Winery