Chester County’s rolling hills and commitment to quality and craftsmanship make it a perfect location to grow, create, and enjoy wine. The Brandywine Artisan Wine Trail features 14 destinations where novices and aficionados alike can stroll stunning vineyards, learn from viticulturists, and sip the fruits of their labor.
And now, they can raise a glass to some award-winning bottles as well. Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery, a charming spot in Kennett Square, recently was awarded both a Gold and a Silver medal at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the biggest wine competition in America. These new awards join the more than 100 national awards and medals the winery has won for their wines since opening in 2012.
The San Francisco Wine Competition is an annual blinded wine competition and this year judged more 7,000 wines from 28 states. Galer Estate was one of only two wineries from Pennsylvania that medaled.
The competition also included Philadelphia food and wine critic Craig LaBan, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, as one of the 62 blind judges. LaBan wrote with surprise and praise of Galer Estate’s gold medal winner, “an evocative rosé from sunny Kennett Square…full of bright raspberry-cherry notes with a squirt of natural residual sweetness.”
In the largest category with the most entries, Chardonnay, Galer’s Red Lion Chardonnay took home a silver medal. This popular wine is produced with fruit entirely from the Upper Red Lion Vineyard adjacent to their winery.
Interested in getting a taste? The last available bottles of Galer Estate’s Gold Medal rosé will be offered at the Valentine’s dinner at Galer Estate on Tuesday, February 14. Red Lion Chardonnay is currently available at Galer Estate Winery for purchase or tasting, and a new vintage of the Galer Estate Rosé will be available early Spring.
Galer Estate is located behind Longwood Gardens at 700 Folly Hill Road in Kennett Square Pennsylvania. It is open Fridays-Sundays, with live music Saturday 5-7 pm.