After visiting friends in New Jersey, my wife and took the Cape May-Lewes Beach ferry instead of I-95 to start our trip back home to North Carolina. As she likes to browse the shops in the area , we take this route from time to time.
Apparently she was talking to one of the other guests at the hotel where we stayed and they mentioned that there was a winery in the area which turned out to be about 15 minutes from our hotel.
As I write a wine column for our local newspaper, I had no great expectations but thought it might be interesting and to me almost anything beats going from store to store.
We found the vineyard/winery with no problem. It has a small parking area out front-perhaps 15 cars and the entire setup was small but set amongst the vineyards where some of the grapes are grown which are made into their wines. As they have about 4 acres under production, they source some of their juice from other vineyards both within and outside of Delaware.
The woman behind the counter was quite knowledgeable about the wines produced at the site and was very friendly and attentive. There were 2 other couple when we arrived.
There is a $5 charge per person and they give you a list of 14 wines and you get to pick 6. As is proper, they start with a light Pinot Grigio and end the list with sweet wines 2 made from fruits I(Peach and Blueberry) and one white and Red sweet wine.
As I am not a sweet wine fan although I would never turn down a Sauterne, I found several good choices. The wines were better than I expected. A decent Cabernet Sauvignon and a vintners blend comprised of Cabernet Franc (53%), Chambourcin (37%) and Merliot (10%). Aged for 13 months this wine in 100 % new French Oak, the wine is pretty good and has some tannins which give it aging potential.
I dislike paying full retail for wine but I did buy 6 bottles including 2 of their Rose which is in the French style which makes it a lot of steps up from Blush wine. I think the Rose will pair well with light BBQ fare or Pizza and even with cheese (cheddar), crackers and grapes.
I found the time well spent and there was a self guided tour which included some historical wine related items such as old bottles and corkscrews and a number of pictures and a description of the winery and how they go about producing their wines.
They also sell a limited amount of wine related items.
I would recommend stropping for a visit. It was a good surprise. The phone number is 303-645-wineand the address is 32165 Winery Way Lewes Beach Delaware 19958.