Pennsylvania is not the first place that comes to mind when we think wine, which is all the more reason to explore the beautiful and often overlooked wineries of Bucks County. It may be small (nine wineries in total), but Bucks County Wine Trail is mighty—and incredibly friendly. And there’s much more to experience here than just what’s off the vine.
What do you get when you put together a 200-year-old estate (less than a mile from the spot where Washington made his historic crossing of the Delaware), a young, talented winemaker, and sustainable practices? Crossing Vineyards (1853 Wrightstown Road, 215.493.6500), the family-run vineyard that has been rapidly making a name for itself with its delicious, award-winning wines.
Unami Ridge Winery (2144 Kumry Road, 215.804.5445), a charming country barn with a shaded porch, lives up to everything one might expect of a farm situated in a place called Quakertown. The husband/wife team planted their first vines by hand in 2005, and their “hobby turned passion” promises to be quite, well, fruitful (and tasty). Here you’re not only sampling vino, but history in the making.
A castle with sweeping views of the Delaware sounds impressive enough, but add a pair of brothers raised in Bratislava (home to a long, genius winemaking history) and you’ve got a recipe for—dare we say it?— fairytale tasting experience. The Maxian brothers planted their first vines at Sand Castle Winery (755 River Road, 800.722.9463) in 1985, and since then, they have cultivated the art of classic European-style wines, and an incredible tasting experience.
Nibble (and Sleep)
After a day spent sipping a nice dinner is in order, and it doesn’t get much nicer than the Golden Pheasant Inn on the Delaware just next door to Sand Castle Winery. You can choose to indulge in sumptuous French cuisine in the cozy country tavern, the bright French dining room, or the candlelit greenhouse. And if you choose to stay the night (from $200) all the better: the inn has packages which include dinner certificates with overnight stays.
Take the Transbridge Bus (Doyleston/Frenchtown/Flemington line) from Penn Station to New Hope. The bus stops at the UPS Store, Logan Square (6542A Lower York Road). Once there, the wineries are pretty spread out, so the best way to get around is via a wine tour.
Editor’s Note: When we first published this article, there was a wine tour service that picked up in New Hope. Unfortunately, they have now closed but various shuttle services will accomodate groups – so grab a few friends for this one!
For more winery information and a calendar of events in the area, visit the official website of the Bucks County Wine Trail.