Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Buckingham Valley Vineyards (PA)

Recently I went on a quick tour of the wineries of Buck's County. I stopped in at a few, and here's one of my finds. Buckingham Valley Vineyards was an interesting visit. The tasting bar is a serve yourself experience, which was unique to me on the east coast that I know of. And they have about 20 wines to choose from, but you're only allowed 6 to taste (and that was fine with me).

Buckingham Valley was one of the first wineries started under Pennsylvania’s Farm Winery Act of 1968, which allowed wineries to sell wine directly to the public, if it was made from Pennsylvania grown fruit. Today Buckingham Valley is among the largest of Pennsylvania’s one hundred-forty plus wineries. Jerry Forest and his good friend Vladimir Guerrero planted five acres in 1966, and resumed their guitar playing and wine drinking as they planned to start a winery. Since 1970, the vineyards and winery have been owned and operated by the Forest family; Kathy and Jerry Forest, and their sons, Jon, Kevin and Chris.

Wine production has grown from less than a thousand gallons in the early seventies to over 30,000 gallons a year, with fermenting and aging capacity of over 75,000 gallons. The original five acre site has, through several acquisitions, expanded to over 40 acres.

The estate Vidal Blanc is a light, dry white, with great acidity and a lovely finish. A very nice table white or sipping wine. Lovely.

This dry, oak aged estate Chambourcin was big and juicy but not overdone. More medium-bodied, this was very drinkable. A nice, table red great for food. Begging for some chicken, pork, or pasta!

This estate Chancellor was a very nice, deep, oak aged, dry table red. Very drinkable, but heavier than the Chambourcin. Again, a nice wine with pork, veal, or even steak. Or a nice Pasta dish. Very drinkable.

A nice tasting room. Nice wines. Pretty place. Obviously an established business in the region. Absolutely worth the trip!