Blair Vineyards consists of two vineyards located in the rolling hills of Berks County, Pennsylvania. Both vineyards are planted on south facing hills at high elevation, lending to perfect conditions for ripening cold climate grapes of northern Europe. Our rocky soils have warm afternoons and cool evenings allowing our fruit to reach its full varietal character. Our philosophy is to grow only European grapes of noble heritage, from which we make wine of similar European styles. This is done through carefully tending to each vine and handpicking the fruit at maturity. We believe is that great grapes make great wines, so viticulture is a top priority.
Our family has owned the farmland and hillsides in Rockland Township for generations. The Stonehedge Vineyard sits on top of South Mountain at 1050 elevation. The vineyard’s south facing slopes are surrounded by oak forests. It was here that Richard Blair’s dream of owning a vineyard began. The love of wine and the appeal of the wine country enticed him to plant grapes on the higher and steeper hillsides of the family farm. The first row was planted in 1998 with only the knowledge read from a book. There are now 9 acres of vines planted, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Gris.
In 2007, we purchased an additional 35 acres of land in foothills to the Appalachian Mountains to expand the depth of Blair Vineyards. Our Hummels Hill Vineyard sits 300 feet lower than the Stonehedge Vineyard with south facing hills of 10 to 15% grade. The grapes ripen a week earlier here than our other vineyard because of increased sun exposure. We currently have 23 acres of vines planted in 10 different varietals, with more acres left for a possibility of other wines. The varietals planted at the Hummels Hill Vineyard are Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Gris.