Saturday, July 11, 2009

Baltimore Examiner Wine Expert Terry Sullivan Chronicles The Brandywine Wine Trail

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Interstate 95 road trip to Brandywine Valley wineries, part one
July 6, 10:44 AM

A perfect daytrip to wineries from the Baltimore region takes travelers into the scenic Brandywine Valley. Following Interstate 95 north of Baltimore leads past several Maryland wineries. Continuing north, within 30 minutes of Exit 1 in Delaware, there are three nearby Pennsylvania wineries in the Brandywine Valley area. One can take Exit 1 and drive north on route 896 (map of wineries in the Brandywine Valley).

The first winery from the interstate is Paradocx Vineyard. The winery opened a new tasting room at the winery in Landenberg, Pennsylvania. They also operate a tasting room and retail store at one of the Shoppes at Longwood Village in Kenneth Square, Pennsylvania. The drive to the Landenberg tasting room is delightful. If travelers take back roads they can cross over one-lane bridges and past the White Clay Creek Preserve. There are also more direct routes from the interstate. Paradocx Vineyard‘s name is derived from the four owners, all doctors. Therefore there is a pair of doctors or Paradocx. The winery offers mostly dry wines made from vinifera grapes. The tasting room has a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Perhaps the most uniquely packaged wines are the Barn Red, White Wash and the Pail Pink. They are sold in three-liter reusable paint cans. The airtight plastic bag inside the paint can enables the wine to remain fresh for a few weeks.

A seven-minute drive from Paradocx Vineyards takes wine enthusiasts to Kreutz Creek Winery. This small family-owned winery is located in the lower level of owners Carole and Jim Kirkpatrick’s house. They have a small tasting room where gleaming stainless steel tanks and oak barrels are clearly visible. The driveway to the parking area is along rows of grapevines and the area offers a perfect venue for events. Wines are made from vinifera and hybrid grapes.

It will take eleven minutes to drive from Kreutz Creek Winery to VaLa Vineyards in Avondale, Pennsylvania. VaLa is an example of a multi-generation family that worked the farmland. Both French and Italian vinifera grapes grow well on the property that offers a unique terroir. Wines are handcrafted in small batches and represent creative blends. VaLa wines pair well with many foods especially Italian foods. Check out VaLa Vineyards website. It is the most unusual winery website on the Internet.

These wineries are within an easy daytrip from Central Maryland. There is much to see and do in the Brandywine Valley and in addition to a daytrip; the area makes for a wonderful weekend trip. People who visit the area during the week should visit the winery websites or call the winery to check on the hours of operation.

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