Wine lovers in the town of Sellersville will enjoy finding out more about the wineries in the region and what they have to offer and the Lehigh Winery Trail is certainly a good place to start. This is a non-profit organization that is made up of local wineries whose mission is to promote agricultural tourism with the aim of creating a premiere wine destination and grape growing region that promotes Pennsylvania wines on both national and international levels. There are numerous members, all of which have produced award winning varieties that have been recognized around the state and country as well as on the global stage. The Lehigh Valley wine growing region was designated as an official American Viticultural Area in March, 2008 and now includes 230 acres of vineyards, planted with several Vitis Vinifera and French-American hybrid grape varieties and the vast, multi-award winning Blue Mountain Vineyards in New Tripoli actually accounts for over 50 acres and has won national and international acclaim. Overall, around 15-20% of commercial wine produced in the state of Pennsylvania is made with grapes grown in this area.
You will find the Vynecrest Vineyards Winery in Breinigsville just a short drive from Sellersville, seven miles from the nearby town of Allentown and this offers summer tours for visitors where you can learn more about the production of the grapes and the process involved in modern day winemaking. Vynecrest is situated in the heart of the Lehigh Valley amid rolling hills and tranquil countryside however the winery itself is housed in a restored 19th century structure that was previously a Swiss Bank Barn which now offers a Tasting Room with Wine Bar and Patio that offers spectacular views across the vineyard. Groups and individuals are welcome any time Monday to Friday when they can enjoy a full tour of the vineyard and winery including sampling complimentary wine tastings however groups of 15 people or more will only be accepted up until 1pm on weekends and all group bookings must make a reservation in advance. Among the red wine varieties on offer for sale and tastings are the Chambourcin which has a smooth velvety finish and fruity hints of cherry and blackberry, the Cabernet Franc that is a lighter version of its close relative Cabernet Sauvignon but oak-aged and infused with a cherry fragrance and the winery’s flagship Lemberger, a dry vinifera that is exploding with big, bold flavors. The Vynecrest Chardonnay is among the most popular white varieties and this particular wine is straw yellow in color, half-aged in American oak and half in stainless steel, then permeated with clean ripe pear tastes, subtle floral notes and toasted vanilla aromas resulting in the perfect balance of fresh fruit acidity and palate-weight. Other favorites available here include Vynecrest Pinot Grigio and Dry Riesling while the more unusual Traminette offers a dry, Alsace-style Gewürztraminer style of wine with floral undertones and a hint of spice.
Additional vineyards & wineries that are members of the Lehigh Valley Trail include Amoré Vineyards & winery, Andreas and Pinnacle Ridge, Big Creek Vineyard and Winery, Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli, Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, Franklin Hills Vineyards and the Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery.