Wednesday, March 05, 2014
6 Mile Cellars Winsome White (PA) (Video Review)
This review was conducted at the EWE 2014 Blogger Station. Participating panel included Hudson Cattell, Linda Jones McKee, Michael Kaiser, Martha Giomousis, and many others.
The Wine Makers at 6 Mile Cellars
Barton Towell and Patrick Walsh are two friends and Harborcreek natives whose affinity for wine led to the creation of 6 Mile Cellars. Bart currently lives with this wife, Jennifer, on the farm where the winery is located. Pat lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Angela and sons Connor and Leo. Both owners work full time day jobs, Bart as an IT Analyst and Pat as an Electrical Engineer. While they have been making wine as avid hobbyists for years, Patrick also worked as an assistant wine maker at a local winery in 2010 while Bart continued to research and network with regional growers and wineries in an effort to improve process and quality.
6 Mile Cellars, opened in 2012, was the first commercial winery in Harborcreek, PA. Located on the corner of Clark and Firman Roads, the winery is just yards from 6 Mile Creek- the inspiration for our name. The location is also the furthest west in the Chautauqua Lake Erie Wine Country region, just over 6 miles from State Street in downtown Erie. The idea of opening a winery started during the 2009 harvest, one year after Bart and Pat made 75 gallons of wine for Pat and Angela’s wedding. At that time, with generous support from Bart's parents, they took over what was once an apartment on the property to further their hobby of producing wine. In 2010, while pursuing his MBA, Pat wrote a business plan for the winery and ended up winning some start up money from the Northwestern Collegiate Business Plan Competition. A year later, in early 2011, Bart and Pat were committed to opening a winery in Harborcreek.
The wines are very much worth trying!