A luxury perch at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square puts the lovely countryside of south-central and southeastern Pennsylvania at your fingertips, besides the urban attractions of Lancaster itself. Along with fascinating Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch culture, that hinterland includes a somewhat lesser-known sightseeing draw: the wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail.
Springtime’s a perfect season for embarking on an oenophilic safari along the Wine Trail with a home base at the Lancaster Marriott. Come join us, and get ready to sample some fabulous homegrown vino!
The Brandywine Valley Wine Trail
Anchored by Brandywine Creek, the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail encompasses a number of vineyards in Chester County, Pennsylvania between Lancaster and Philadelphia, all within 50 miles of one another. These viticultural destinations are open year-round, so it’s never exactly a bad time to experience their handsome settings and top-quality product. That said, the plentiful sunshine and blossomy perfume of spring provide one heck of a backdrop.
The wineries along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail include Kreutz Creek Vineyards (553 S. Guernsey Rd, West Grove, PA), established in the 1990s and offering dry reds such as Chambourcin and Cabernet Franc, dry whites such as Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and Vidal Blanc, semi-dry wines such as Steuben and Niagara, and dessert wines: a diverse little selection.
Then there’s Harvest Ridge Winery (1140 Newark Rd, Toughkenamon, PA), whose Chester County tasting room showcases wines—Barbera, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Rosé, Chardonnay, Malbec, and more—sourced from the winery’s Delaware vineyard. Those grapevines benefit from a unique microclimate moderated by proximity to both Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Harvest Ridge also produces a sweet blueberry wine well worth experiencing.
The grounds of the historic McMaster Farm—part of which once fell under the ownership of one Benjamin Franklin—now grow the vines of 1723 Vineyards (5 McMaster Blvd, Landenberg, PA), another stop along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail. Its grapes include Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Verdot, Albarino, and Cabernet Franc.
Not far away, Paradocx Vineyard (1833 Flint Hill Rd, Landenberg, PA) maintains some 30 acres of grapevines, producing such wines as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Sangria, and Rosé, plus red blends and a wine produced from native Catawba grapes. The winery’s intriguing name is a play on the phrase “Pair of Docs,” as its owners are practicing physicians.
Wine isn’t actually the only libation to be (responsibly) enjoyed on the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail: Don’t miss Old Stone Cider (959 Chesterville Rd, Lewisville, PA), either, which makes its wonderful stuff from heirloom apples grown in a family-operated orchard.
Enjoy the Sipping & the Scenery Along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail This Spring
So call Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square your well-appointed home base this spring for an epicurean tour of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail!