John says “it’s the winery that worms built” since his career as a plant nematologist brought him to Pennsylvania and enabled the family to acquire the property, plant the vineyard and build the winery.
John and wife Noemi’s wine journey began in 1999 when a property located in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains was acquired. Over the next ten years, the vineyard was established while both held full-time jobs at the Penn State University Fruit Research & Extension Center. Noemi being a plant pathologist developed a sustainable vineyard pest management program that resulted in high-quality fruit that had been sold to local wineries and was made to fine wines.
John has been a hobby winemaker for almost 13 years and was encouraged to take his hobby further after winning several medals in international amateur competition. When he retired from Penn State in 2014, we obtained a winery license and our small winery was built. His goal is to produce fine wines showing the potential of Pennsylvania’s South Mountain region. Wine will be made from estate and locally grown fruit and we plan to uncork the first wine in 2015. We will offer varietal wines and blends made from Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Cayuga White, Traminette, Vidal Blanc, Chardonnay, Niagara and local fruit.