|Address:||632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317, USA|
|Working:||11AM–6PM 11AM–6PM 11AM–6PM 11AM–6PM 11AM–6PM 11AM–7PM 11AM–6PM|
I want to start by saying that I did win this tour/tasting through a radio show. I was told this was the reserve tasting plus a private tour for 10 people. We ended up having a total of 8 people in our party. We all drove over an hour for this tour/tasting. We planned it over 3 months in advance with someone in their hospitality department. They said the first date I choose was good and would get our tour/tasting reserved for us. When we arrived at the location we all went inside and I told the girls at the front we were here for the tour/tasting that I had won. She said she would get our tour guide (I cannot remember her name) and we could start. We went out to the cottage for a private tasting of the three reserve wines. After that our guide took us on a tour of where the wine is pressed, fermented and packaged. Once we were finished she said we were done and could buy wine upstairs and enjoy some outside if we would like. We enjoyed the tour guide she was very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions. From what the sign said when you come in out front the reserve tasting include our traditional tasting, plus three one ounce samples of our small-batch wines paired with artisanal treats. I was confused that all we had for our tasting was the three small batch wine samples. I went out to the front and asked the girls out there if the reserve tasting came with the traditional wine tasting and the said it did. I told them we only tasted the three reserve wines. They gave us tickets to do the other seven wines. It was pretty crowded in this area due to a food and wine festival that they had. From what I understood in my emails to reserve the tasting, the whole tasting/tour was supposed to be a private event. While doing the traditional tasting we asked the guys serving the wine when we would get the artisanal snacks. He said they were not doing any reserve tastings today due to the food and wine event. I told him we won the private tour and we already did the 3 reserve samples and tour he asked his manager for us. The manager came over and said that they didn’t have any of the normal snack because of the food event going on and brought us a dip and some crackers instead. At this point we all needed something to cleanse our palates to be able to continue tasting the wines. Our whole group felt that we did not get what we were told we would be getting. If I hadn’t said anything to the girls at the front we would not have even gotten to try the other 7 wines. If we had not said anything to the guys that we didn’t get the snack we would not have received those as well. The person that booked our tasting/tour should have said there was a special event that day and we would not be able to have everything that was supposed to come with the reserve tasting. This was for my Birthday and it was so disorganized that we didn’t feel very welcomed. I do understand that we won the whole tour/tasting but I don’t expect to be treated differently than someone who would purchase the tour. We did enjoy the wines and the tour guide but the event as a whole felt unwelcoming.
The winery has changed over the past year. The former GM made myself feel very welcome and as a regular I enjoyed the sense of familiarity. Upon my most recent visit changes had been made in management and it was evident. It felt corporate and focused on moving bottles. The wine is sub par compared to the regional options, but I used to attend for the atmosphere and ambience (even though the wine was lacking). Given the recent changes and an undisguised focus on making a dollar over a making a newbie into a wine-enthusiast I suggest Pennswoods or Gayler for better value. This is still a hot spot for people-watching but is no longer my first or even third choice for a Chester County wine experience. A true shame from how it was a decade ago. I have lost my sense of connection with this winery. Flyers Red and (insert Philadelphia team color / wine) seemed to me the demise of the wineries artisanship.
Lets get one thing out of the way right now- if youre the kind of person that wont drink anything that isnt from Bordeaux dont even bother. Does this place offer super complex and expensive wines that you can write novels about? No. But what they do have is very affordable and accessible wines. This is not to say that their wines are bad by any means- nothing here is going to make you gag and want to spit it out. By that measure alone I say its a good winery. Again, most wines here are not complex, but this attribute makes them very good for parties and other social gatherings. Wine aside the place is very homely, with a nice almost historic feel to the building. The staff is very friendly as well with several very knowledgeable people around if you have any questions. If youre in the area give it a try, just make sure you have a DD if you happen to like the product.
Hello my name is Rima, I truly enjoyed myself. I want to say the customer service was extrodinary, everyone is truly friendly helpful knowledgeable. I had the pleasure of meeting Greg and if Im correct hes the manager but correct me if Im wrong as far as this title. Greg was very knowledgeable very patient funny and helpful. His tour was of the winery was fantastic, he spoke in layman terms so we all could understand what exactly is done during the process of creating wine. I look forward to visiting again with all my friends and some family. I also made some friends while I was there which was awesome as well and Greg made the experience unforgettable he went above and beyond call of duty. I would like for him to know as well that he is doing an awesome job and keep up the great work and I look forward to seeing him again and again and again.
Cannot express enough how awesome everyone is at this fine establishment. Have been here many times for wine purchases (Which is also 5 stars) but this is about a private party that I threw over at their chadds ford location. Everything was perfect, staff was friendly, rentals were price competitive and actually extremely cheaper than ten gallon hat (Which has good wine but apples to orange when it comes to location pricing). The party was amazing, ambiance was ideal. Great music, there was the italian festival going on, outside of the food we brought (Very flexible on this) there was also other things to purchase. We rented the cottage and outdoor area and would do it again in a heartbeat. If you need to throw a private function for between 20-50 look no further. Look forward to using again in the future!!!! Nick and Kara, Karas Surprise 30th!
A group of 4 of us went for the Memorial Day weekend Blues Festival. They had a large number of tastings set up but the wines themselves didnt review well with our group and the high price tag of 25$ per person (for tasting) didnt seem worth the value. The wines seem to be mostly too sweet. When asking the staff questions on the wines, their was limited knowledge beyond what was written on the bottle label but this was likely due to such large crowds at the venue. The vineyards themselves were not on the site so it wasnt a very picturesque visit. The food at the event was priced fine. We left shortly after visiting the tasting stations and went to the Va La vineyard nearby for a much more satisfying selection of wines and atmosphere.