Taking pride of place smack in the middle of the vineyards is a huge, imposing red barn, circa 1870 (rebuilt by Amish barn-raising specialists, we were told by the owner, Diane). The umpty-thousand square foot structure is home to the four-sided tasting bar, lots of open space with little gifties for purchase, AND an open second-story balcony, roped off for use by Sunset Hills Wine Club members. (A nifty bit of exclusivity marketing, as are the “Pick Up Parties" the winery hosts every couple of months, where members pick up the bottles they are required to purchase as part of the Club.)
The owners grew grapes for years before the winery took shape; they wanted mature grapes to make wonderful wines, and they have a lot to show for their pre-planning. Eighty acres planted in five locations, and lots of winners in the nine wines we tasted; we bought three bottles, which says it all. Reserve Chardonnay, Cab Franc, and Viognier. Other wines have included impressive Bordeaux-style blends, Rose, Merlot, and dessert wines.
Pick up snacks here (or bring your own), including a large gourmet food basket with warm French bread, cheese, meats and tapenade. Also available at the time of writing: turkey panini, Amish cheese plate, hot pretzels, and Amish fudge.
Lots of outside seating, on a sunny deck or at picnic tables on the shady lawn. NOTE: no picnics on weekends;
you'll need to buy your food from the winery.
All groups eight or larger must be scheduled in advance. Limos and buses without reservation will be turned away. Child and pet friendly. For disabled visitors, the winery has designated handicap parking, a handicap drop-off at the ramp leading to the front door and portable ramp for the step-up into the Tasting Room.
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