Owner(s): Chris and Vicki Le Vine
Open to Public
Fri 4 to 8; Sat-Sun 12 to 5
50 Sweetwater Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Grace Winery Profile
Written by Brian—Jul 30, 2018
The Brandywine Valley in Southeastern Pennsylvania contains several wineries of note. It is also a particularly scenic and historic section of the Quaker State. One winery that epitomizes all of these qualities is The Inn at Grace Winery near the town of Glen Mills.
The property that is now home to the inn and winery was part of a much larger tract originally owned by Sir William Penn (1644-1718), who founded Pennsylvania as a Quaker refuge. The main building that serves as the Inn at Grace is a historic Quaker-style home built in 1734. The winery and tasting room are located in a restored and renovated stone barn that dates to the 1750s.
Centuries later, in 2008, the vines were planted in preparation for winemaking. Two acres of estate vines now contribute to 1500 cases of wine annually. Most of that is sold direct to consumer through the tasting room that was completed and opened to the public in 2012.
The estate wines are all well crafted and worthy of note. I tasted four during my visit. These included a Pinot Gris, a pair of Chardonnays and the Dragonfly red Bordeaux blend. The Reserve Chardonnay was a particular standout. Barrel fermented, but not overly oaked, this wine was balanced with a big mouth feel and enough acidity to pair well with chicken or fish.
The tasting room is as amazing as the surrounding property. Stop in during regular hours for a tasting and plan to linger. If wine is not your thing, Grace is partnered with Dock Street Brewery, so beer is also on the menu. Friday night happy hour or live music on Sunday afternoon may provide additional motivation.
Located just minutes from metro Philadelphia, The Inn at Grace Winery is an easy afternoon outing that will introduce you to quality Pennsylvania wine. I am a strong advocate and huge fan of this venue. So after you stop in, please let me know what you think.