Holiday Celebration Set for Dec. 9-10

Enjoy festive pairings and more during the Bucks County Wine Trail's Holiday Celebration.
The Bucks County Wine Trail will hold its Holiday Celebration on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10.

The wineries of the Bucks County Wine Trail will hold its annual Holiday Celebration on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10. Guests can experience the wineries decorated for the holidays while enjoying delicious spiced wine tastings, sampling Christmas cookies and artisanal cheeses and relaxing with the sounds of holiday music.

During the Holiday Celebration, visitors can also get a jump start on holiday shopping with special discount pricing, wine gift packs, gift baskets and unique wine accessories.

Bishop Estate Vineyard and Winery invites guests to take wagon rides around the vineyard, enjoy a photo opportunity with the owners’ draft horse, Sam and sample warm cocoa wine with Christmas cookies. Enjoy live music around the fire pits, decorate a wine glass for Christmas with a wine tasting and make a personalized holiday wine glass charm. Gift baskets can be ordered and holiday wine bags for last minute gifting will be available!

Buckingham Valley Vineyards will pair home-baked holiday cookies with its warm Holiday Spice wine.

Crossing Vineyards and Winery will feature live music both days from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wine will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Discounts offered on case purchases.

Crossing will offer a specialty pairing during the Holiday Celebration. Enjoy a glass of Heritage or Chardonnay paired with a turkey and brie croissant with apple slaw and a raspberry linzer cookie for $20 per person. Purchase online and save 10%.

Rose Bank Winery is hosting a four-course meal and wine pairing, followed by painting on Dec. 10 beginning at noon. Cost is $48 and includes food/wine pairing and either an ornament or two wine glasses to paint, plus supplies and instruction.

Seats are limited and reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Rose Bank Winery or by contacting Pinot and Paint Parties

The holiday celebration is also the perfect time to taste Rose Bank’s Spiced Apple wine, which can only be described as “apple pie in a bottle.”

Rushland Ridge Vineyards will be serving its traditional Spiced wine recipe along with some delightful holiday treats. 

Sand Castle Winery will spice up the holidays with its Alpine Spice Party on Dec. 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy a tasting bar of all 12 wines, as well as wines from our millennium series. Admission also includes a selection of gourmet cheeses, apple pie, cookies, vanilla ice cream and a complimentary signature Alpine Spice mug to take home. Cost is $20. Learn more and buy tickets here.

Unami Ridge Winery will offer complimentary samples of its German Gluhwein, a mulled spice wine that’s perfect for holiday sipping.

Wycombe Vineyards will feature free samples of its Everything Nice warm spice wine along with sugar cookies, and the winery’s customary pairings of brownies and balsamics.

Bucks County Wine Trail’s Nouveau Weekend

Several wineries participate in the annual Nouveau release weekend.
The Bucks County Wine Trail’s Nouveau release is set for Nov. 11 and Nov. 12.

Wine lovers can taste the newest, fruitiest varieties of wine during the Bucks County Wine Trail’s annual Nouveau event, which is set for the weekend of Nov. 11-12.

Nouveau wines are bottled young with little aging, offering light and sweet tastes. As is tradition in the Beaujolais region of France, three of our Bucks County wineries offer their own version of these wines fresh from harvest.

Buckingham Valley Vineyards, Crossing Vineyards and Winery and Rushland Ridge Vineyards and Winery are offering Nouveau wine tastings during the event.

New release!

Buckingham Valley Vineyards will re-release an old favorite – Nouvelle, a white wine. The winery made this popular variety years ago and guests continue to ask for it. Winemaker Jerry Forest is bringing it back for the celebration. Jerry will also bake his family recipe for crowd-pleasing onion bread to pair with the sweet wines of the harvest season. A $5 tasting fee applies. The tasting room is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

Specialty pairing!

Crossing Vineyards & Winery will hold its Le Nouveau Festival on Nov. 11-12. Guests can enjoy live music both days from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wine tastings will be available by the glass and bottle. Visitors can also pair a glass of 2017 Le Nouveau with a cheese and Charcuterie board for $18 (advance purchase) or $20 at the event. 

Chocolate!

Rushland Ridge Vineyard & Winery will offer wine and chocolate pairings during Nouveau weekend. A $5 tasting fee applies. The tasting room is open Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. 

Passport to Bucks Self-Guided Tour Nov-April

From Nov. 1 through April 30 Passport to Bucks card holders can sample wine from all of our wineries for only $30!

Purchase Passport To BucksThe Bucks County Wine Trail is offering a tasty challenge for wine enthusiasts both near and far.

Beginning Nov. 1 and continuing through April 30, visitors who purchase a Passport to Bucks card will earn punches at each winery visited.

Once all of the eight wineries have been visited and the card has all its punches, it can be entered into a drawing for one of five Bucks County prizes.

About Passport to Bucks

Passport to Bucks began in fall 2016 as a new initiative aimed at sharing all that Bucks County has to offer with the wine-loving community, region and visitors. The successful program will continue for a second season, which begins Nov. 1, 2017. Cards will be accepted for complimentary wine tastings through April 30, 2018.

Participants can purchase a Passport at any of the wineries (Buckingham Valley Vineyards, 1521 Durham Road (Route 413), Buckingham, Pa 18912; Crossing Vineyards and Winery  1853 Wrightstown Road, Newtown PA 18940; Rose Bank Winery, 258 Durham Road (Route 413), Newtown PA 18940; Rushland Ridge Vineyards, 2665 Rushland Road, Jamison PA 18929; Sand Castle Winery, 755 River Road, Erwinna PA 18920; Unami Ridge Winery, 2144 Kumry Road, Quakertown PA 18951; and Wycombe Vineyards, 1391 Forest Grove Road, Furlong, PA 18925). 

Passports are also available for purchase at Visit Bucks County, 3207 Street Road in Bensalem, Pa., 19020. ***New this year, Passports can also be purchased online ($5 more). Click here to buy online: bucks-county-wine-trail.ticketleap.com/passport-to-bucks/

Passport holders will receive a free wine tasting at all wineries (a $65 value). Visits to all wineries during the contest period of Nov. 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018 qualifies Passport holder for entry into a drawing. Winners will be selected randomly for one of several Bucks County prizes.

For a full list of Passport to Bucks contest rules click here: http://www.buckscountywinetrail.com/passport-bucks-contest-rules/.

Wine on the Waterfront Set for July 29

Wine on the Waterfront:                                     Jazz and Wine-tasting Experience

The first-ever “Wine on the Waterfront” tasting event, presented by the Bucks County Wine Trail and Visit Bucks County, will be held on Saturday, July 29 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road in Washington Crossing.

The Bucks County Wine Trail member wineries will participate in Wine on the Waterfront on July 29 at Washington Crossing Historic Park.
Wine on the Waterfront will be held on July 29 at Washington Crossing Historic Park.

The Wine on the Waterfront event will feature live jazz music, historical wine-making demonstrations and tastings of more than 40 varieties of wine from seven Bucks County Wine Trail member wineries: Buckingham Valley Vineyards, Crossing Vineyards, Peace Valley Winery, Rose Bank Winery, Sand Castle Winery, Unami Ridge Winery, and Wycombe Vineyards.

Food and wine (bottles and cases) will also be available for purchase.  Wine may be purchased and held at designated areas until the end of the event to ensure easy delivery to customers’ vehicles. 

Wine on the Waterfront tickets cost $25 per person and go on sale May 1 at wine-on-the-water.eventbrite.com. Each ticket includes a wine glass to use in enjoying wine samples. 

Purchase a ticket early as quantities are limited. *No one under age 21 will be admitted to Wine on the Waterfront. 

The event will be held rain or shine along the scenic banks of the Delaware River and set among the Colonial Village near the corner of River Road and Route 532. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to relax and enjoy music while sipping award-winning wines from family-owned Bucks County wineries against this beautiful – and historical – Bucks County backdrop. Food will be available for purchase. 

Wine on the Waterfront is presented by the Friends of Washington Crossing Park, the Bucks County Wine Trail, and Visit Bucks County. Proceeds will help the Friends provide educational and historical programming in the park.

Buy Wine on the Waterfront tickets here: wine-on-the-water.eventbrite.com

Commissioners Designate June Bucks County Wine Month

The Bucks County Commissioners proclaimed June Bucks County Wine Month

during its June 7, 2017 meeting. The governing body encouraged locals and visitors alike to support the eight family owned wineries that make up the Bucks County Wine Trail during Bucks County Wine Month and throughout the year.

Bucks County Wine Month is a month-long celebration featuring live music, specialty pairings, ale samplings, food truck fare, new wine releases and more. Each of the member wineries (Buckingham Valley Vineyards, Crossing Vineyards, Peace Valley Winery, Rose Bank Winery, Rushland Ridge Vineyard, Sand Castle Winery, Unami Ridge Winery and Wycombe Vineyards) will celebrate throughout the month of June in its own unique way.

 

Harvest Celebration

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Guests can enjoy fresh-pressed grape juice during the Bucks County Wine Trail’s Harvest Celebration Oct. 8-9.

Come and taste the fruits of our labor during our annual Harvest Celebration. In addition to sampling a variety of award-winning Bucks County wines, guests can sample freshly pressed grape juices that have not yet fermented into wine.

On Oct. 8-9 guests can sample a variety of award-winning locally made wines and freshly pressed grape juices that have not yet fermented into wine as part of the annual Harvest Celebration.

Here’s a look at what each of the wineries are planning:

Complimentary doughnuts, fresh grape juice and newly fermenting wine will be available. Guests can enjoy live music while sitting on picnic tables on the lawn from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 8 and noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 9. Self-guided tours and wine tastings are available for $5 and wine slushies will be available for purchase.

Live music from party band Love Junk on Oct. 8-Oct. 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (free admission)

Specialty pairing: Enjoy a glass of mulled Apple wine served with cheeses, cured meats and chocolates. Cost: $20 per person

  • New Hope Winery (6123 Lower York Road, New Hope PA 18938; Phone: 215-794-2331)

The New Hope Winery, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8-9, will be offering local live music and regular tastings of a choice of five wines for $10. Guests can enjoy a Harvest Sangria made in-house and warmed holiday wines: Dutch Apple Spice and Holiday Spice.

Peace Valley will be open on Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and from noon to 6 p.m. on Oct. 9.

  • Rose Bank Winery (258 Durham Road (Route 413), Newtown PA 18940; Phone: 215-860-5899)

The winery will celebrate a new wine release with live music and tastings of eight wines from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8 and Oct. 9.

As is common in many wine growing regions in Europe, the winery celebrates the end of harvest by serving freshly fermented grape juice. Guests can enjoy this sweet, bubbly drink, which pairs nicely with sweetbreads and jams made from fruit grown on the farm.

Guests can enjoy special tours of the vineyard and wine cellar, concentrating on the processes and the stages of the 2016 vintages, from fully developed young Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, to fermenting Riesling and freshly crushed Cabernet. Visitors can take in a beautiful setting overlooking the Delaware River and the 15-mile view of the valley painted with Autumn colors.

Unami Ridge will be open on Oct. 8 from noon to 5 p.m.

Guests can help harvest grapes at Wycombe Vineyards. (Photo credit: Mark Margraff)
Guests can help harvest grapes at Wycombe Vineyards. (Photo credit: Mark Margraff)
  • Wycombe Vineyards (Address: 1391 Forest Grove Road, Furlong, PA 18925; Phone: 215-598-WINE)

Guests sign up in advance to pick grapes on Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and enjoy free wine for the day, BBQ and 10 percent off all purchases for the next year.