Galer Estate Vineyard Owners Go from Knowing ‘Absolutely Nothing About Growing Grapes’ to 10 Years’ Success

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Image via Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery at PennLive.
Dr. Brad Galer and his wife, Lele.

Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery, nearby Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, started as what would most accurately be called a “backyard business.” But that seven-acre plot that Dr. Brad Galer and his wife, Lele, tilled in Pocopson Township started them on the road to international recognition. Paul Vigna tracked the success for PennLive.

The Galers’ interest in growing grapes began in 2005 on their home turf. Two years later, they expanded, buying Folly Hill Winery and transforming it into what is now Galer Estate Vineyard.

They learned a lot along the way.

“We started off knowing absolutely nothing at all about growing grapes or making wine or starting and running a small business or hiring employees or constructing a winery,” Lele said. “That is a long list!”

Experience and patience paid off. The Galers are not only celebrating their 10-year anniversary in wine production (celebratory events are scheduled this weekend), but they’re basking in some of the official recognition they’ve earned.

Professional kudos for the vintages include a double gold medal for their Cabernet Franc, won at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Regardless of the fame, however, the Galers are sticking to the fundamentals.

“I don’t want big volumes, parties,” Brad said. “It’s … all about the wine.”

More on this celebrated — and celebrating — local vineyard is at PennLive.