Being a Pioneer

Now, when most people hear the word pioneer, they think of coonskin caps or the woman on the Food Network who lives in the middle of nowhere and makes delicious looking recipes. Some business people think of Steve Jobs, or locally the Packer Family.


Last week my dad spoke at the Eastern Winery Exposition in Rochester, New York. He was asked to speak because of his expertise with the cool-climate Austrian red varietal, Zweigelt, that he has been growing since 2007. Did you know many wineries have attempted and subsequently abandoned this fickle varietal? Did you also know that Mom and Dad are no strangers to Austrian grapes and that they pioneered Grüner Veltliner on the East Coast in 2003 and since have been obtaining national awards, Philadelphia Inquirer reviews and two opportunities (2013 and upcoming 2015) to represent the United States in the by invitation-only Six Nations Wine Competition in Australia.


In the tasting room we like to celebrate a pioneering spirt. The next time you visit take a look at our tasting glasses. They are Schott Zwiesel Crystal, a leader in the glass industry for over 100 years. Did you know they were the first to fully automate the production of blown glass in 1967? In the 1990’s when other companies were struggling with the negativity of lead and other heavy metals, they were the first to produce a lead-free crystal. They patented this technique for producing brilliant, high-quality, break-resistant crystalline stemware. Mom says this German crystal makes our wines sing. With the proper wine glass, that first sip is like a love song written only for you and your palate. Stop in, sip and enjoy the serenade.


We hope you will trek like a pioneer toward Andreas and visit us sometime soon.


Until next time…

Wine wags,