Among its many attractions, Bucks County, Pennsylvania features some great wineries. As an avid wine connoisseur, I appreciate the low key and relatively non-crowded nature of Bucks County wineries. The wine itself is quite good, even to so-called “wine snobs” and many of them offer great extras, such as guided tours, food and fruit picking.
The following are the seven best Bucks County wineries.
Sand Castle Winery
755 River Road
Since 1987, Sand Castle has been producing great wine from its own vineyards. They painstakingly produce their wine, with an understanding of how the unique and somewhat extreme seasons in Bucks County (harsh winters and hot humid summers) affect the product. They also understand how their proximity to the Delaware River can potentially both help and hurt their wines, and manage the process accordingly. Sand Castle Winery is a true Bucks County original.
In addition to their understanding of the wine making process, the management has made this winery a fun and well run place for visitors. Sand Castle Winery offers a full banquet room and special prices for groups.
One of the highlights of the Sand Castle Winery is the “Castle Wine Club”. Free to join, the club provides members with free wine cellar visits, discounts on wine purchases and wine tastings complete with great cheeses and chocolates.
Fratelli Desiato Vineyard and Winery
522 Dark Hollow Road
Open from Wednesday through Sunday, from 11:00AM to 4:00PM (with Tours available throughout each day), the The Fratelli Desiato winery offers a number of great Pennyslvania wines, both ‘classic’ and organic. Reds include Chianti, Dolce Vita, Rosetto, Naso Di Prete, and they offer a delicious white wine as well, Campagnolo Chardonnay.
The Fratelli Desiato Vineyard and Winery takes particular pride in the environmentally friendly way they run their vineyard, with solar power, recycled rain water and soil friendly fertilizer.
The restaurant here, Mamma D’s Cucina Italiana, is at least as popular as the winery and vineyard. Situated perfectly, with sweeping views overlooking the vineyard, the restaurant can seem like a trip to Tuscany. The highlights include squid ink pasta, and the hand cut old fashioned fusilli. Also try the crispy fried smelts, lobster tails and stone hearth gourmet pizzas.
The restaurant also offers catering and reasonably priced buffet services for group events.
Peace Valley Winery
300 Old Limekiln Road
For over forty years, the vineyard at Peace Valley Winery has experimented with hybrid approaches, with grapes from places such as Germany and France. Today, they offer more than twenty types of grapes
The Winery itself started producing wine in 1984 and specializes in retail touches such as personalized wine labels and gift baskets.
They are open for tours from Wednesday through Friday from 12:00PM to 6:00PM and Sunday from 10:00AM on Saturdays from 10:00AM to 6:00PM.
Buckingham Valley Vineyards
1521 Route 413
Buckingham Valley Vineyards is both a large and small vineyard, if that makes any sense.
It’s large from the perspective of land area and overall output (it produces over 40,000 gallons a year); but it has a small mentality in the sense that it doesn’t sell through distributors, have a lavish restaurant and allows its guests to tour it unaccompanied by a guide or manager.
It remains family owned and operated (now in its second generation) and charges nothing to its guests who would like to visit and taste wine.
The New Hope Winery
6123 Lower York Road
New Hope, Pennsylvania
The New Hope Winery fits the town of New Hope perfectly. It is fun, rustic but well run and offers something for wine connoisseurs as well as those just curious to try some good wine.
It offers traditional wines, along with some experimental types of fruit wines unique to the region. They also offer a wine themed store, with great gift ideas and delicious packaged gourmet food.
Closed Wednesdays, New Hope Winery is open from 10:00AM to 5:00PM on Saturdays and 11:00AM to 5:00PM all other days. Check their website for special events, particularly music Thursdays.
1391 Forest Grove Road
Specializing in mainly white wines, the Wycombe Vineyards is gorgeous inside and out. The décor and layout inside is almost as fun and interesting as the wines themselves. A particular favorite aspect here is the outdoor deck and tasting area, with great views of the vineyard and relaxing amenieties allowing guests to sip the great wine offerings with friends and other guests.
Wycombe has specially aerated its soil to produce great French Hybrid varietals and Vinefera wines. All wines offered here are grown here and the unique taste and careful attention are evident throughout.
Crossing Vineyards and Winery
1853 Wrightstown Road
Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania
As arguably the preeminent vineyard and winery in the entire Bucks County region, Crossing Vineyards has it all. A summer music series, a green initiative, even “Wine Tasting for Dummies”. It is large, has state of the art processes, and even a miniature weather station that allows the growers to account for minute differences in the climate and conditions as this vineyard compared to surrounding areas.
This is my favorite place to take a tour as the machinery, processes and sheer scale of it all provide guests with an unrivaled look at the entire process of growing the grapes and the wine making process, with an attention to detail that few would think of as they sip their Cabernet Sauvignon.
So on your next visit to Bucks County, visit these wineries for great tours and tastings.