Michael Vorauer and Jason Kirkpatrick, the new owners of Stargazers Vineyard & Winery in Coatesville, have big plans for their new property, writes Paul Vigna for the Harrisburg Patriot-News.
Vorauer is a long-time winemaker who most recently worked for Folino Estate Winery in Berks County. There, he built the winery’s product from zero to 25,000 gallons before leaving early last year to work for John Weygandt at Stargazers. Now, he is the proud owner of the facility.
“For me, this has been a lifelong dream,” said Vorauer.
Stargazers prides itself on sustainability. Both the winery and the nearby home are powered by solar energy and use rainwater collected in cisterns for both spraying the vineyard and washing the winery.
It’s also one of the few East Coast wineries that grows and makes Arneis, a white wine grape from Northern Italy. It now has nine varieties of grapes growing on its 10 acres.
For the future, Vorauer would like to increase his number of Blaufrankisch vines and plant Teroldego, a northern Italian grape. However, the main goal is to continue building on the vinifera history the winery established under its previous owners.
Read more about Stargazers Vineyard in the Harrisburg Patriot-News here.