A hidden gem in the Chester County countryside, Wayvine Winery & Vineyard in Nottingham has been making wonderful wines for more than a decade, writes Paul Vigna for the Harrisburg Patriot-News.
The Wilson brothers, Zachary and James, started their vineyard in 2010 by planting 3,000 vines on their family’s farm. Since then, their grape plants increased to 14,000 across 18 varieties.
The only thing slowing its expansion is the proliferation of the spotted lanternfly. The pest’s ongoing effect on grape yields led the Wilsons to donate proceeds from their collaboration with Di Bruno Bros. to lanternfly research.
Wayvine grows several vinifera — including Chardonnay and Merlot — familiar to any fan of wines. It also grows Carmine, a fairly rare grape from the mid-Atlantic that the Wilsons believe could become one of the region’s signature grapes.
“Carmine is a wonderful grape to work with and will be a grape the East Coast is known for,” said James. “My brother and I will continue to plant more and spread the word as we have done up until this point.”
Read more about Wayvine Winery & Vineyard in the Harrisburg Patriot-News.