Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Tuscarora Mountain Winery Opens in Chambersburg, PA

Chambersburg winery officially opens with toast, ceremony
November 21, 2009

Friends, family and customers raised their glasses to Tuscarora Mountain Winery on Friday.
The new winery formally opened at 25 Lincoln Way West in Chambersburg with a toast and a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday afternoon.

Vintor Kenneth Hadley considers himself a "horticulture freak" and decided to give commercial wine making a try as a change of pace.

He began experimenting with homemade wine years ago.

Everyone told him they enjoyed the wine, but he could not tell if they were being honest or just being polite. His wife suggested he enter some of his wines in the 2009 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition.

The result was two gold medals and a bronze medal.

Out of a total of 4,474 entries from 49 states and seven foreign countries, his sauvignon blanc and his merlot-black currant blend both received gold medals in the International Amateur Wine Competition and the catawba canadice blend took a bronze medal.

The winery offers about 20 different varieties, including fruit wines and specialty Christmas varieties. The wines range from dry to sweet.

The wine industry has been booming. Locally, three new wineries have popped up in neighboring Adams County and Washington County, Md.

Franklin County, known for its apples and peaches, has ideal conditions for growing grapes, but Tuscarora Mountain Winery is the only winery the Pennsylvania Wine Association lists in Franklin County.

The growth in the industry may be explained by the increasing popularity of wine as a beverage of choice, better profitability for farmers, as well as baby boomers retiring or looking for a change of pace.

"I was just looking for something totally different," Hadley said. "And Pennsylvania is one of the top growers and producers and we're sixth in the nation in consumption. And I think some people just enjoy the ambiance of the winery."

Tuscarora Mountain Winery is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Marcus Rauhut can be reached at mrauhut@publicopinionnews.com or 262-4752.