755 River Road
Erwinna, PA 18920
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In 1974 our family purchased a hillside property in Bucks County overlooking the Delaware River and our dream of Sand Castle Winery was born. In the early 1980s, we began construction of the winery building. Against all odds, and after decades of continuous effort, our Castle was finally completed in 2007.
The vines are exclusively Vitis Vinifera special seedlings cloned from European stock and chosen by master winemakers. 56,000 of these young plants were painstakingly hand planted, one by one. Until 1990, all of the vines were pruned and buried in the winter, then uncovered by hand each spring to ensure survival during the cold Pennsylvania winters. Varieties of grapes included Chardonnay, Johannisberg Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. All vines were selected from the Mosel Valley of Germany and the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions in France.
The first vintage was produced in 1987 and yielded roughly 2,000 cases of Chardonnay and Riesling. In 1988, the first bottle of Sand Castle wine was sold. Sand Castle relies entirely on its own harvest to produce its world class wines, one of the few wineries exclusively growing European vines on the East Coast.
Both stainless steel and French Oak barrels are used for aging of the wines. Stainless steel maintains the intensity of the fruit, while French Oak adds complexity. All vinification is done on the estate in Sand Castle’s 7,000 square foot wine cellar, blasted 30 feet deep into the hillside, to ensure a consistently cool, undisturbed environment. Wine masters are flown in from the Old Country, and combine the great potential of Pennsylvania with the tradition of Europe. The result? While this painstaking attention to quality limits the winery’s production, the wines are unlike anything you have tasted!