There are 10 acres of vines planted at Manatawny Creek Winery in 3 separate vineyards.
Vineyard 1, planted in 1991, contains about 5 acres of hybrid grapes. Hybrids are crosses between Vinifera (e.g. Chardonnay, Cabernet) and Native American varieties (e.g. Niagara, Concord). The 6 varieties in Vineyard 1 include Foch, Chancellor, Steuben, Cayuga White, Vidal Blanc and Seyval Blanc. The Seyval is used in our sparkling wine, Blanc de Blancs, and is also blended with the Cayuga White to make our popular "Soleils Jumeaux" white wine. Steuben is a beautiful pink grape that produces the Autumn Blush wine. Foch and Chancellor are highly-colored red grapes used in our Harvest Red and Vidal Blanc is a white grape that we bottle varietally.
In 1998 we planted Vineyard 2 on top of the hill behind the winery. This 5-acre vineyard contains mostly vinifera vines including Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Lemberger and Syrah. A hybrid called Chambourcin somehow snuck its way into this vineyard as well.
If you are standing on the deck at the winery, you will see Vineyard 3, which is a small demonstration vineyard. This vineyard contains one row each of twelve different varieties of grapes. For a self-guided tour, follow the path across the bridge and read the informative signs posted in this vineyard. Come in the fall and if the birds haven't beat you to them, you can taste the grapes off of these vines.
Speaking of birds, we have a tremendous bird problem in our vineyards must be because of the wonderful-tasting grapes produced on our red shale soil. We need to net all of our vines with bird netting or else those birds will eat every single one of our grapes.
There are other critters that bother our grapes including deer, wild turkeys, and groundhogs. We let our dogs Rufus, Zeke and Zoe patrol the vineyards (okay, they basically pee and shed their hair) to help keep the unwanted grape-destroyers away.
*ATTENTION VOLUNTEER PICKERS
If interested in being on the volunteer picking list, email or phone in your:
2. E-mail address,
3. Phone number,
4. Days of the week you are available to pick, and
5. Any lunch preferences (i.e. vegetarian).
Picking occurs from the last week in August until the end of October and we ask for volunteers on 4 days during that time period. Since we do not know when the grapes will be ready, we email or call people on our picking list only a few days before the picking day. We will make every attempt to contact everyone on the list at least once!