We Gave up Our Jobs to Follow Our Dreams

E veryone said we were crazy when we gave up our jobs (teaching and pharmaceutical sales) to open a winery. They were right in a way, because we are crazy about what we do.

It all started with a trip to the Finger Lakes region of New York. There, we fell in love with grape growing and wine making.

We decided to try it on our own here in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. So, we planted six varieties of grapes on our driveway’s split rail fence. When those 70 vines flourished, we cleared about four-acres of our six-acre property to plant a vineyard.

It took about six years before we had enough grapes to start our business. We opened our Pocono winery on September 1, 2009.

It wasn’t long before Randy thought, “If it’s this much fun to own a vineyard and winery, how much more fun would it be to have a vineyard, winery and distillery?”

We opened our Pocono distillery on Labor Day Weekend in 2013, the same weekend we celebrated the 4th anniversary of the winery and our 24th wedding anniversary.

It’s been more than a decade since we planted our first few dozen vines. Now, we have a nearly 100-acre farm and thousands of vines in our vineyard.

In May of 2017, we moved our business out of our home and into a beautiful new building. There’s at least four times as much space with a covered wrap around porch and stunning vineyard views.

It’s also the Poconos’ newest event venue. We’re thrilled to see couples host their weddings, showers, and rehearsal dinners in our new location.

And we’re not done yet! We’re also brewing beer in our new location. Mountain View Brewing Company beer will be available for you to purchase this fall!

It’s been a wonderful labor of love and we truly appreciate all of our loyal customers who have made this such an amazing journey.

Thank you,
Randy & Linda Rice

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…” – Ephesians 3:20

Everyone wants to know. What’s up with the goats?

It took us months to clear the mountainside behind our home to plant our vineyard. With all of the trips up and down the Pocono mountainside, you could often hear Linda remark, “You need to be a mountain goat to work this property.” The saying stuck. When it came time to design labels, our son Bobby used that as inspiration. He created our “Sweet Old Goat.” Bobby continues to design all of our wine and spirit labels. We’re thrilled to have such a creative artist in the family.

 

We love our planet and use earth-friendly growing methods

Earth Friendly Energy

We use geothermal and solar energy to heat and cool our winemaking facility.

LED Lighting

Our LED lighting systems use 1/5th the energy of traditional lights.

Sustainable Growing Methods

We mulch around our vines and allow beneficial insects to prey on destructive insects to avoid using herbicides.

Online Store Now Available

By popular demand, we have opened an online store for wine, spirits, and gift cards.

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