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Female Winemakers – traditionally a man’s domain, more and more female winemakers have started entering the field. Our wine trail is proud to be home to two of them: Sarah Troxell at Galen Glen and Bonnie Pysher at Franklin Hill Vineyards.
Pioneers – While some people might mistakenly think winemaking is new to Pennsylvania, Franklin Hill, Vynecrest and Clover Hill wineries were the viticulture pioneers in the Lehigh Valley, planting their first vineyards in the late-1960s to early-1970s. Galen Glen was the first U.S. winery east of the Rockies to plant Gruner Veltliner in 2003.
Second Generation Winemakers – Several of the Lehigh Valley’s wineries are family businesses with the second generation now joining their parents in the business. Siblings Kari Skrip Gavenus and John Skrip III at Clover Hill, Sam Landis at Vynecrest, and Adam Flatt at Franklin Hill all own and operate their respective wineries with their parents who founded the businesses.
Chambourcin – It is the only wine grape that is grown by all nine of our wineries. In the greater Lehigh Valley, there are more than 40 acres of Chambourcin that ferment into approximately 150,000 bottles of wine. Chambourcin is very versatile in the wine cellar and the wineries craft it into several styles of wine including Nouveau, Rosé, Semi- Sweet, Sweet, Dry Barrel Aged, Sparkling and Port.
Uncommon Wine Grapes – Big Creek Vineyard, the northernmost of our trail’s wineries, grows lesser-known wine grapes such as Marechal Foch, Frontenac, and Regent, the only one of our wineries to do so.