One Tank Trip: Galen Glen Winery
Updated On: Jun 22 2011 10:42:19 AM CDT
Wine tours can take you clear across the country to California. Before you hop on a plane, however, you should know there's a trail in our own backyard.
The Galen Glen Winery in Schuylkill County has a unique tour of its own.
The countryside has been farmed for more than 200 years, but it wasn't always grapes that were growing.
Sixth generation farmer Galen Troxell turned an old dairy farm into a blossoming vineyard just outside Andreas, Schuylkill County.
"We get wiser every year, so it seems to make more sense every year, too," said Troxell.
Owners Galen and Sarah Troxell are more than happy to show you around and chat about the family business. You can walk or go by wagon.
As Sarah likes to say, you'll take the journey of the grape, walking the same route they take for harvest.
One of Sarah's favorite varieties of grape is a gruner veltliner. You'll see it growing, where it's crushed it into juice and how it ends up as wine.
You'll gather some fun facts along the way, like why their bottling line is rather famous.
It's from the guy who made the wine for the movie "Sideways."
Galen Glen sits at an elevation of about 1,000 feet, in the middle of a rain shadow. So it rains less, which is great for grapes.
Your journey either begins or ends in the tasting room, so you'll get to sip what you see growing.
Click here for directions to the Galen Glen Winery.
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