Central Pa Winery. will mark the first decade of business with 10 special events

Sarah Haines has been there since the beginning, as she explains in a blog post on the home page of Grandview Vineyards, which will mark 10 years in business with a celebration on January 28.

In 2023, there will be nine more events related to the anniversary.

Haines wrote a blog post about the winery chronicling the highlights from the time leading up to the 2013 opening and the years since.

She wrote about how her father, Larry, started making wine as a hobby. “This was a surprise to his student children, who had never seen him consume alcohol in their Mennonite home,” she wrote. “He spent many hours harvesting roadside berries and elderberries to make his specialty, completely dry fruit wines.”

By the spring of 2009, the family began planting a vineyard on their property in Mt. Joy, Lancaster County. She continued, “And just like that, the six members of the Kennel family – Larry & Marilyn, along with their daughters, Fran & husband Steve Kratz and Sarah & husband Scott Haines – embarked on a journey to produce premium wines that will elevate the reputation and transform the perception of wine in Pennsylvania.”

Grandview Vineyard

Take a peek at some of those who attended the benefit in September 2021. The tasting room is in the background.

And, summarizing the timeline:

In 2010, the first crop of grapes was harvested, 4,375 pounds of Pinot Noir.

In 2011, The Vineyard at Grandview, LLC was formed and construction began on the winery and tasting room at 1489 Grandview Road.

In January 2013, the tasting room was completed and the first public event was held.

In 2018, during its fifth anniversary, the winery changed its name to Grandview Vineyard and installed a tap system that offered its customers locally brewed beer.

On November 22, 2020, Scott and Sarah Haines became the sole owners of Grandview Vineyard, committing together with their four children to continue the family legacy of producing quality wine and providing a great experience.

And so here they are, weathering the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic along with other obstacles that every craft producer faces, from the economy to evolving consumer trends to adapting to what each growing season brings.

Scott continues to work full-time, managing the vineyard and winery, while Sarah manages sales, marketing, staff and the wedding venue.

It was an enlightening few years, she said.

“Since we’ve been involved since conception, a lot of things haven’t changed, but going from six members to two changes the dynamic,” she said. “We enjoy living on a property with vineyards and that the children can be immersed and involved in the family business. It brings both challenges and blessings. The relationships associated with the business have always been and continue to be the best part of owning Grandview.”

Grandview Vineyard

Sarah and Scott Haines and their family who now own and operate Grandview Vineyard.

Here is a list of 10 events related to the anniversary year:

  • January 28: Birthday party
  • March 5: 1st Grandview Library Tasting (by invitation only)
  • March 26: Dinner with the release of a new wine
  • 28.-30. April: Spring celebration / deck opening
  • May 25: National Wine Day Dinner in the vineyard
  • June 19: Cigar dinner
  • June 24: Fete en Blanc / Grande Blanc release party
  • June 22: Deck Anniversary Party
  • August 31: Cabernet Social Day
  • September 9: 10th Anniversary Grandview Bash & Benefit

The library tasting, including wines from the first 10 years, will be a first for Granview,” Sarah said, noting that she will also release two new wines, including her first Grande Blanc (an estate blend of Albariño and Chardonnay. The Fete en Blanc and the September Bash will use the Symbol of Hope, Haines said.

The tasting room is currently being renovated – from paint and lighting to flooring and decor – in preparation for a birthday party. “Our goal is to add character to an already warm environment, using wall art and decor to tell our story,” she said.


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