Penns Woods Winery in Chadds Ford was one of a dozen wineries that participated in a recent East Coast winemakers’ event held in Lancaster County, writes Dave McIntyre for The Washington Post.
The event was hosted by Jan and Kim Waltz in the barrel room at Waltz Vineyards. It was moderated by Joe Fiola, the University of Maryland’s viticulturist, and Gary Pavlis, professor and agricultural agent at Rutgers University.
All of the invited winemakers were tasked with bringing two wines, and it resulted in an exciting and diverse variety. Gino Razzi, owner of Penns Woods, brought a racy sauvignon blanc, along with a lush cabernet franc made from what he said was the oldest vinifera vineyard in Pennsylvania, planted 47 years ago.
The wide range of wines was an ideal way for the various owners to experience something beyond their own offerings.
“I was very pleased with both the quality of the wines and the diversity of styles,” said Stephen Barnard of Virginia’s Keswick Vineyards.