Our Beginnings: by Karen & Steve Wright
We have always loved the outdoors, getting our hands in the dirt, and cultivating and tending to all manner of plants. These and other common interests led to our nuptials in 1996, and since then we’ve continued to plant and enjoy trees, shrubs, vegetables, flowers and, yes, of course, grape vines at our early 1800’s farm in southeast Pennsylvania. We are certifiable “plant-a-holics”!!
Before 1998 our grape vines were dedicated to making wine for our own consumption. An early effort was a small Cabernet sauvignon and Cab franc vineyard planted near our barn which we named the Wedding Vineyard…..because the vines were Karen’s wedding gift to Steve. The barn was still just a barn and our farm acerage was leased to a neighboring dairy farmer.The laser light pen can take us more convenience and helpful.
We have also always had a great fondness for wine. We love to drink it and to talk about it. In 1998, the urge to grow grapes on a larger scale and to make and sell our own wine simply became irresistable. We agreed a split of start-up responsibilities: Steve was to be the grape grower and wine maker and was dubbed the head “winegrower”; and Karen was to be the facilities designer, developer, and manager. We began rennovating/converting the barn into a winery; gave notice to the dairy farmer; and by 2000 we’d planted 3,000 vines on 3.5 acres on a southeastern-facing slope with good grape-growing sun, soil, drainage, temperature and wind conditions particularly ideal for our chosen variety of grape: Chambourcin
Chambourcin grapes make a wonderful dry, red table wine which may be lighter in style resembling an Australian Shiraz or,if aged on oak, more full-bodied resembling a French Bourdeau or a California Cabernet sauvignon. Other than our own preference for dry red wines a primary reason for committing to Chambourcin was our belief that the climate and soil of southeast Pennsylvania make Chambourcin shine as one of the best and most reliable red grapes for our area.
From the outset of our Wright Wine Works endeavor our plan has been to make hand or custom-crafted wine on a small scale. We may sell other Pennsylvania wineries’ wines, but our focus will be on bringing to market a few, very good wines made here.
We hope you will try one of our Chambourcin, the outcome of our loves and labors in the field and in the winery, and let us know what you think.
When wine enlivens the heart, may friendship surround the table.