Cluster Removal – Why We Don’t Let Baby Grape Vines Flower

Just as the florets appear on our baby grape vines, we pinch them off and toss them to the ground as compost. Wait! Don’t yell at us. We’re not mean. Cluster removal is tough love. We just planted a block of Noiret grape vines about six weeks ago. They’re already putting out florets. Those are the little green bunches in …

Training Vines Through Shoot Positioning

Great wine starts with great grapes and great grapes need lots of tender loving care. Today we’re showing you how training vines through shoot positioning helps us grow the best grapes possible. Left to their own devices, grape vines are a wild bunch. They want to run free in all directions. So, it’s our job to tame them. The process …

Red Wine Brownies and Wine

Red Wine Brownies

You all went so crazy for our red wine cupcakes that we’re adding a new wine-infused dessert recipe to our collection, sweet red wine brownies. They’re so simple, it’s almost not right to even call this a recipe. Are you ready for the secret? Here goes! All you have to do is replace the water in a boxed brownie mix …

Moonshine Margarita Recipe

Move over, tequila. We’re mixing margaritas with moonshine, and not just any moonshine. We’re using our Mountain View Vineyard Original Shine for this recipe. That’s 100-proof straight corn whisky made of local, Pennsylvania corn. Olé! We like to serve them in our seriously fun mini mason jars. They hold four ounces, the perfect size for this cocktail with a kick. You …

How to Set Vineyard Posts

When you sit back and relax with a nice glass of wine, you probably don’t realize how much hard work went into bringing the grapes from the ground to your glass. Today, we’re giving you a behind-the-scenes look at part of the process. Here’s how to set posts to support grapes in a vineyard. This spring we’ll put in about …

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes

Chocolate Wine Cupcakes with Wine Frosting

There’s no dessert experience quite like a slice of rich chocolate cake paired with a glass of sweet, fruity red wine. We pair our cake with Mountain Goat Red wine made right here in the Poconos. It’s like grape juice with a grown up kick. Since we love wine with cake, we figured why not put wine in the cake…and in …

Farmer Scooping Mulch

How Mulch Improves Wine. Hint, It’s Sustainable.

We know you enjoy your glass of red or white more when it’s made with green techniques. Sustainably produced wines aren’t just better for the earth. They’re better for you and they taste better too! That’s a whole lot of better! Earth-friendly wine starts with earth-friendly farming practices. Last week we showed you how we plant a vineyard without tilling …

Baby Petite Pearl Grape Vine

Planting a Vineyard

For farmers, the excitement rivals opening day of baseball season at Citi Field, but this is a much different field — a vineyard field. Randy and the crew are pumped for opening day of planting season. They’re planting a new vineyard along Walter’s Road in Hamilton Township, Monroe County. This vineyard will produce Petite Pearl grapes. They make a fine, …

Wine Bottling Machine

An Inside Look at Our Wine Bottling Process

It’s wine bottling day! Today, we’re packaging bottles of our signature Split Rail Red. We’re inviting you to join us for this behind-the-scenes tour of our Pocono mountain wine making facility. That fancy looking gadget is our bottle filler. The wine runs from a 300 gallon tank, through the tubes and into bottles. Frank is filling six bottles at a …

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Wine Bottle Crafts

So, you visited our winery in the Poconos, and now have empty bottles in the recycling container. Rescue those, quick. We’re about to do a bottle makeover. Here are four seriously fun ways to upcyle your wine bottles. If you don’t have any used bottles around, we guess you’ll just have to empty some (the easiest part of the crafts …