Construction of what is now known as the Old Red House began in 1822 and was not totally finished until the 1840’s. In 1895, an addition was built, doubling its size. In 1918, for unknown reasons, the family abandoned the house, leaving the building sat abandoned for almost 70 years. It was remodeled in 1985-6 by Dean and Kay Welles Homer. It is now on the National Historic Registry and tours are offered regularly.
Grovedale Winery & Vineyard is a producer of premium wines grown on their own eight acres of vineyards and from the surrounding area. At Grovedale, they focus on growing Riesling and Minnesota hybrid varieties such as Frontenac Gris and St. Pepin. They grow for low yield and quality fruit.
The eight acres of vineyards surrounding the winery and tasting room boats 11 different varieties of red and white wine grapes. Our original vineyard planting was mostly Minnesota hybrid varieties. Since then they have added some Vinifera as well as other hybrid grapes. The wine grapes they grow include: Riesling, Chardonnay, Vidal, Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Louise Swenson, St. Croix, St. Pepin, Marquette, Lando Noir, and Lacrosse.
In addition to writing for Appellation America, David contributes regularly to trade publications such as Vineyard & Winery Management and Beverage Media and irregularly to several others. David has judged regional, national, and international wine competitions where he likes to think he lauds outstanding Seyval or Foch just as readily as Cabernet or Riesling. David is an active member of the American Wine Society. Often asked his favorite wine, his reply is the same: "The one in my glass."
The name comes from a river boat, named “The Mary Ann”, that was owned by Jeff’s great grandfather Fisher Welles. In the 1880’s and 1890’s, he would take his good friends and float from Sayre, PA to Pittston, PA on the Susquhanna River. It was customary for them to bring cooks to prepare the meals for the group and on one particular occasion, he hired cooks not only for their ability to cook but also to sing and play music as entertainment for the group. On one memorable trip, he took some executives from Corning Glass and as it was a great trip by all accounts, as a token of their appreciation, the executives from Corning Glass gave Fisher a hand blown glass walking cane that has been passed down through the family and now resides at the brewery. In addition to this unique piece of history, the original violin that was played on the journey and inscribed with all of the crew members’ names as well as a picture of the actual river boat also resides at the brewery.
I loved Grovedale Winery and River Barge Brewing Company! I think you will too! More importantly, Roxy says, come on down!