8 Bucks County Wineries You’ll Love
by Tara Behan Marmur, contributing editor
Haven’t explored the Bucks County Wine Trail? Didn’t even know one existed? Well, spring is the perfect time to grab a friend (or a few) and head to the Bucks County Wine Trail, a string of wineries that attract visitors by offering attractive indoor and outdoor seating areas, live entertainment and other events. Whether you’re coming to the area to visit one specific winery or doing a day-long tour of the vineyards, here are eight wineries to explore.
Tucked away in quiet Perkasie, Bishop Estate Vineyard & Winery offers fun seven days a week. With multiple tasting areas on the rustic, family farm, including the new bank barn and the “coop” area, you’ll have a different experience each time you visit. During your tasting, pick from six of the delicious 21 wines on the menu from smooth, full-bodied dry red wines to crisp whites. Every weekend, food trucks and live music entice visitors and the winery’s monthly schedule is packed with events like wine and cheese pairings, wine and Girl Scout Cookie pairings (yum!) and more. Bishop Estate Vineyard & Winery, 2730 Hilltown Pike, Perkasie
No, you don’t need a passport to sip on European wines inside an elegant castle. You can do that in Eriwnna. Since 1974, Sand Castle Winery has grown four European vinifera grapes on more than 70 acres overlooking the Delaware River. Since all Sand Castle wines are made exclusively from grapes grown on the property, the wines carry the label of estate grown. The 21,000-square-foot castle includes a vineyard terrace, the second floor grand hall, an expansive tasting room, and a 7,000-square-foot wine cellar that is a popular venue for weddings and milestone life celebrations. Sand Castle Winery, 755 River Road, Erwinna
A dozen grape varietals are grown at Crossing Vineyards and Winery, a family-owned vineyard in Newtown. The vineyard has different spaces to host all types of events, including weddings. Seasonal public events throughout the year include the popular Summer Wine and Music Series, wine classes, wine pairings (do you know popcorn goes very well with wine?) and even a Tarot Card Reading and Wine Tasting night. Come with an appetite; Crossing Vineyards has a light bites menu with tasty selections like beef brisket flatbread pizzas, cheese and charcuterie boards, and sandwich and salad options. Crossing Vineyards and Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Newtown
Rose Bank Winery produces and bottles its wines in Newtown. The winery’s French-American hybrid and viniferous grape varieties make crisp, fruity, French-style wines. Does a glass of Raspberry Secret Dessert Wine or Chocolate Orange Port sound delicious? Rose Bank offers both, plus a variety of other award-winning American fruit wines. When the weather warms, enjoy your wine while sitting on Rose Bank’s patio, which overlooks pastures filled with grazing goats and Babydoll sheep. The property also features a 1719 Manor House and a three-story barn dating to 1835 where special events are hosted. Rose Bank Winery, 258 Durham Road, Newtown
Know Before You Go
- Some wineries welcome leashed dogs, but others prohibit them.
- If you’re visiting a winery via limo or bus, call ahead to make the owners aware of your visit. Since many wineries have limited parking, they have the right to turn away groups that haven’t called prior to arrival.
- While some wineries welcome children, others prefer to keep the experience to a 21 and older crowd. Even if a winery says it’s family-friendly, the staff expects younger kids to be properly watched and behaved.
- Many wineries don’t allow visitors to bring in outside food.
- All wineries prohibit outside alcohol.
Owned by the Carrozzino family, Vino by Zzino makes its wines by procuring grapes from as near as Pennsylvania and as far away as Chile. They also select grapes from established vineyards in New Jersey and California. The end result? A variety of red and white selections including Riesling, Moscato, Chardonnay, Red Zinfandel, and the winery favorite, Zzino’s Homestead Red. Step inside the tasting room, open Friday – Sunday, or enjoy your wine outside under the tent, near the fire pit, or on picnic tables. Giant games like Connect Four, friendly goats and chickens on-site make the winery family-friendly. Vino By Zzino, 1410 Fels Road, Quakertown
Founded in 1966, Buckingham Valley Vineyards celebrates the fact that it is one of Pennsylvania’s first wineries. The winery offers two dozen varieties of wine from oak-aged reds to light whites, dry to sweet. Although most of the wines are made from grapes, BVV knows that a very tasty wine can be made from apples, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. In warm weather months, BVV offers wine slushies, a welcomed refreshing treat. BVV is also the only winery in Bucks County that produces Methode Champenoise sparkling wine. Yet, another reason to clink glasses! Buckingham Valley Vineyards & Winery, 1521 Durham Road, Buckingham
Rushland Ridge Vineyards was founded in 1986 by the Ullman family. The 22-acre farm and six acres of vineyards grow 18 varieties of grapes, which produce at least 20 different hand-crafted wines each year. At this intimate vineyard in Jamison, guests can sample estate-grown wines in the tasting room. Rushland Ridge Vineyard & Winery, 2665 Rushland Road, Jamison
Wycombe Vineyards has 10 acres of classic Vinefera and French hybrid varietals owned by winemakers Rich and Deb Fraser. The vineyard produces about 15,000 bottles of wine annually, each with custom labels showing “a glimpse into life on the family farm during the first half of the last century.” WV offers guided tastings and tours by appointment, and walk-in seating for flights or glasses. Check the website for events like Yoga and Wine and the popular multi-course wine dinner. The Frasers believe “that wine and food coupled with family and friends has been the greatest recipe for long lasting relationships in our lives.” Wycombe Vineyards, 1391 Forest Grove Road, Furlong
Want to read about other Bucks County places to visit? Read Peddler’s Village: 15 Things To Do, Terrain in Doylestown and Things To Do In New Hope.
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