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Berks County Wine Trail Presentation to the Berks County Board of Commissioners – August 2009 Welcome to the Berks County Wine Trail and its member wineries About us… 8 participating family-owned wineries in the Berks Region: Bashore & Stoudt County Winery Kog Hill Winery

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berks county wine trail

Berks County Wine Trail

Presentation to the Berks County Board of Commissioners – August 2009

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Welcome to the

Berks County Wine Trail

and its member wineries

about us

About us…

8 participating family-owned wineries in the Berks Region:

Bashore & Stoudt County Winery Kog Hill Winery

Blair Vineyards Long Trout Winery

Calvaresi Winery Manatawny Creek Winery

Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery Pinnacle Ridge Winery

trail organized in 2004

share unique philosophies to quality winemaking

encompass winemaking with locally grown grapes and fruits – from Chardonnay, Merlot, Vidal, Chambourcin to Peaches, Mulberry, Apples, Raspberries and more… a true celebration of local agriculture!

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Berks County

Wine Trail 2009

  • member wineries span the entire Berks region
  • Public enjoys seeing agricultural farmland & tourism attractions during their self-guided exploration of our wine trail
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About us…

collaboration between the wineries supports 4 annual events each year:

Chocolate & Wine Cool Wine Treat

A Taste of Spring! Artisan Cheese & Wine

the opportunity of the wineries’ daily activities also promotes PA winemaking, viticulture and agriculture

why we do it

Why we do it…

each of us loves wine, winemaking and agriculture

we each enjoy sharing this passion with the public who stops by to experience a taste of Berks County

we love it when they not only buy a bottle for themselves but buy one for a friend or loved one who doesn’t know yet that great wines are made here

how we do it

How we do it…

some of the wineries grow their own fruit as well as produce the wines; others purchase fruit from other growers in the region, producing the wines here in Berks

at the more established wineries, the winemakers work fulltime at their craft

while others, still in transition, juggle a day job or corporate career while carving out time for their second career & true passion – winemaking

crushing
crushing

bottling

bcwt winemaking

BCWT & winemaking

culture of winemaking - PA

philosophy of winemaking – BCWT

soil & climate characteristics

grapes (vinifera) & fruits grown & produced into wines

spectrum wines found along the trail include….

crops this year – weather (rain!) impact on orchards, berry patches, vineyards

grapes
grapes

vineyard

our fruitful vantage point

Our fruitful vantage point

we enjoy a steady growth in consumer/tourism attendance since our inception

wine trail events attract new patrons as well as encourage regular patrons to pay a visit

wines sales up nationally & in PA (combination of consumer interest in wine and the recession)

Consumer interest in locally grown foods is booming

The combination of locally grown fruits/grapes…domestic wine popularity…and consumers staying close to home to enjoy the fruits we produce – makes wineries like ours very fortunate

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Our fruitful vantage point

the bonus in all of this: our visitors find themselves immersed in the agricultural landscape of our region when they come to visit any of our wineries

each year event attendance and overall awareness increases significantly, since we became a trail, visitors to the wineries has more than doubled.

we continue to explore ways to keep expanding this awareness of what Berks County has to offer via the avenue of its wineries

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Wine produced by the

Berks County Wine Trail Wineries…

…stems from a year round

agricultural process

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A visual tour of the

eight wineries along the

Berks County Wine Trail…

kog hill winery
Kog Hill Winery

Kog Hill Winery

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Vineyard ready for harvest

Young vine takes root in a protective covering

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Oak barrels used to age wine

Stainless steel tanks are used to

ferment and/or to age wine

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Festive wine pairings are often

featured at wine trail events

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