I took a weekend trip in November to the Poconos with my family and we found a cute little Vineyard & Winery Called Blue Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery. The owners Randy and Tiffany decided in 2010 after visiting the West Coast to open elegant yet informal winery where they handcraft small batches wines. They also have two locations where they sell their wines called Regina Farms and The Crossing Premium Outlets. They also sell their wines in little shops around town.
I was surprised to find out that the wine tastings was only $5 per person which includes 5 wines. They have a large and detailed list of white, red sweet wines. I tasted a Cabernet Sauvignon which they called The Godfather. Randy who is the owner and also gave the tour, told us that they aged the wine in 15 gallon bourbon barrels. The Godfather was fullbodied wine. The wine is unfiltered and raw so the wine did have some Sediments in it which i did not like .
The winery was full of unique vivification methods. They also have a wine that is put into a bourbon barrel then is place 5 feet under ground on the vineyard and is left there for 9 months. It was taken out on June 17. It is also raw and unfiltered. We also tasted a Chardonnay. Randy told us how they aged the grapes in 40 year old scotch and tequila barrels. On the nose the wine had a fruity melon smell with hints of pineapple but on the palate it i tasted a lot like figs and mango with citrus.
The wine tasting room was beautiful. Its a large open space with a wrap around porch that faces the vineyard. In the tasting room they have live performances on the weekend and dinners from 6-9. The tasting room over looks the vineyard and the Christmas tree farm which is next door to the vineyard property . The weekend that i went they started the lighting of the vineyard which would be a great view while drinking wine. Although i didn’t get to stay long for the lighting of the vineyard or for the dinner they do have food trucks and vendors on the property.
As i mentioned before the owner of the vineyard ran the free tours. which took place at 2pm and 4pm. You can tell that he was very passionate about wine and had a great amount of knowledge. He explained viticulture and how he had played a major roll in each and every wine. Randy took us to this machine and showed us the bottling process. it had 8 filling heads it goes around in a circle and fills the bottles next it goes to the sipper which basically sucks out some of the wine to make sure it is exactly 750ml in each bottle. Then before it is corked it is hit with some nitrogen to stop any further oxidation from happening. The bottle is than corked and labeled.
Over all i had a great experience at the Blue Ridge Estate Vineyard &Winery. Having the tour done by the owner made it a greater experience and made it fell more personal.