Galen Glen Winery Again Invited to Represent the United States in a Prestigious Invitation-Only International Wine Competition
For the second time, Galen Glen has been invited to participate in The Six Nations Wine Challenge. Six Nations is like the Olympics of wine, with only 100 wines representing each of the six nations participating in the competition in Australia. The countries involved are Australia, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand and the United States of America. Six Nations was founded as Tri-Nations in 2003. The original countries were Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In 2010 Chile and Argentina were added. 2013 was the first year that the United States of America was included and Galen Glen was invited to represent the US that inaugural year. This is recognized as the only competition in the world where the entrants come from an invitation by the judge of each nation.
The Troxells are known for farming wine. About ninety percent of all grapes used in Galen Glen’s wines are farmed on their family’s historic farm. This is rare in Pennsylvania. They have been pioneers in the field for planting of Austrian varietals like Zweigelt and they began growing Grüner Veltliner in 2003 obtaining many other international awards. In May, they won Double Gold, Chairman’s Award and Best in Class at the Riverside International Competition in California. When asked about having not just one but two wines representing her country, Sarah Troxell, Winemaker responded, “We are honored to be invited for the second time to represent the United States by Six Nations and ‘team captain,’ Dan Berger. Previously, only one wine was selected; this time two of our Gruner Veltliners will participate.” Troxell remains humble, crediting her team, she is no stranger to awards and honors, having been named “Best Woman Winemaker” in 2014’s International Women’s Wine Competition in California.
Galen Glen Winery is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Andreas Pennsylvania and was the only winery listed by Zagat in the “Top Ten Reasons to Drive to the Lehigh Valley.” The vineyard is on the family’s double-century farm and is full of history. The tasting room’s knowledgeable and engaging staff always make your visit enjoyable. They are open year round. The tasting room hours are Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5pm, Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, noon to 5pm. Plan to spend some time drinking in their exceptional views and award-winning wines with some locally-made cheeses or bring your own snacks.