Raise a Toast to Montgomery County
Local vintners in Montgomery County may have started behind some of their counterparts elsewhere in the state, but thanks to a combination of vision, determination and primo fruits, they have been producing wines that truly pop.
A'DELLO VINEYARD & WINERY
21 Simmons Road
Back of the line Napa, Sonoma, Oregon; D'Adello has tastings that vie with some of the best in the industry. A $10 charge includes a sampling of 14 different wines, each made with local grapes and whole fruits, and a commemorative glass to take home.
BOYD'S CARDINAL HOLLOW WINERY
1830 West Point Pike
4010 Skippack Pike
A one-gallon jug of wine that Chris Boyd made 20 years ago as a hobby now has him crafting 550-gallon barrels of extraordinary product. Flavor profiles are taken in exciting and nontraditional directions, including mango, plum and, especially appealing at this time of year, apple and pumpkin. Onsite, Boyd also has Food Truck Fridays, comedy nights and classes in winemaking.
632 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Ford, Ardmore
We can think of no cozier way for a couple to spend a late-fall evening than taking a cup of hot mulled spiced apple wine outside to the firepit for some intimate conversation. The site also features jazz festivals several times a year, which provides a lively setting for sipping.
STONE AND KEY CELLARS
435 Doylestown Road
Here you can take winemaking to a whole new level by not only enjoying the artistry of others, but also exploring your inner vintner yourself. For the full do-it-yourself experience, an attached supply store can provide all the necessary paraphernalia. If you need more guidance, classes are offered on a regular rotation. This is a great destination and activity for your class reunion, civic group or business team-building outing.
COUNTRY CREEK WINERY ORCHARDS
133 Cressman Road
Pull into the driveway here
carefully, as you're likely to send the resident chickens and kitties
scattering. This tiny family winery produces small batches that are big on
attentive care and exacting standards. The barn, dating back to the 1850s, also
serves as an event space.
WEST HANOVER WINERY
3416 Saint Peters Road
This niche producer is the
second location of a much larger operation near Harrisburg, but the winemaking
skill hasn't been diluted one drop. A tasting of a dozen different varieties
and flavor profiles can be served up in a quaint setting for a mere $6.