Local Pittsburgh Winery, La Vigneta

La Vigneta Winery is a Pittsburgh homemade wine business owned in part by a friend of mine, Francesca. She makes moscato so she’s my friend. Just kidding shes a fabulous lady, I admire for going after her dreams! You can now find this La Vigneta wine all over farmer’s markets in the Pittsburgh area, but the business was grown from a first batch made in a Pittsburgh basement.

Francesca’s Dad taught her about homemade wine making. Owning a catering business he experimented with making wine in his Greensburg home in glass car boys. He’s originally from Alia, Sicily. This is where he learned to make wine in an authentic, old-fashioned way!

In 2013 Francesca was inspired by how good the homemade wine was and ordered a batch of pressed juice from California. With her Dad’s help Francesca started making wine in her Brookline home’s basement in. May 10th 2013 was their first day selling together at a Mt. Lebanon farmers market.

Creating their first batch of Petite Sirah, a dry red wine and now their most popular red wine a Sangiovese. The later was actually not what they intended to create they accidentally ordered it! They created 30 cases this first season. The first commercial batch sold featured the same wine base 3 different ways, sold as dry, semi dry and sweet, starting their wine experimentation.

An Italian family member helped name the wine business. La vigneta means the little vineyard in Italian. There’s a small town in Tuscany called Vigneta with hotel called Hotel Il Grotto. This is someplace Francesca hopes to visit one day to celebrate the success of their homegrown wines.

Now they create anywhere from 8-12 wines based on the season. Their moscato is their number one selling white wine! They use it in an apple pie cocktail, using other local proprietor Paul Family Farms maple syrup!

Francesca and her family have also added to the excitement, moving to a 17 acre farm in Sarver PA. They plan to continue expansion, with a tasting room open to the public. On the property they grow grapes and blueberries and are renovating a beautiful old farmhouse. They have plenty to celebrate being slated to sell over 7,000 bottles of wine this year!

Next time you’re at a local farmer’s market make sure to look out for the La Vigneta Winery booth to try their delicous wine. You can La Vignetta at local wine festivals all around the Pittsburgh area, like we the Ligonier Country Market every Saturday. La Vignetta is giving me another reason to look forward to the upcoming Fort Ligonier Days festival!

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Seven Springs Wine Festival 2018

Seven Springs Wine Festival

This past weekend I attended the 2018 Seven Springs Wine Festival. The concept of a summer day filled with endless wine samples sounds amazing, and it is! The grounds that I visit in the winter covered in snow were transformed and covered with PA wine vendors to explore. Most wine vendors had multiple sweet options for me to enjoy. There weren’t many moscato options, but plenty of sweet wines made with Niagara, and concord grapes as well as fun fruity peach, raspberry and blackberry wines.

I had a lot of wine that day, but my favorite vendor was one of the lasts I visited, Seven Mountains Wine Cellars. I had a few wine samples and ended up purchasing three of their varieties.

Just Peachy is a light and fruity wine that, “awakens the senses with irresistible aromas and a clean crisp natural peach flavor.”

All Razzed Up is another sweet wine made with concord wine and “razzed up” with red raspberries. Seven Mountains recommends mixing this wine with fresh or frozen fruit to make a fun sangria.

Tickled Pink is made with a blend of three labrusca grapes creating a delicious refreshing wine with cotton candy sweet finish.

 

I also really enjoyed the Sangria from Antler Ridge Winery. As sangria should be its really fruity and delicious. I couldn’t help but buy a bottle.

My day at the wine festival was just amazing. It’s just fun to spend a day outdoors discovering new wines. Can’t wait for next year’s wine festival on the mountain! Check out my first wine fest post for more fun.

Seriously look how much fun this group had. 92 bottles left behind!?

 

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Seven Springs Wine Fest

Seven Springs Wine Festival

I’ve spent the majority of weekends in my past two winters at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, conquering the slopes strapped to a board (aka struggling to keep a brave face and solider on down the mountain). So it was a refreshing experience to see the mountains that have tried me, green and flush with a much more appealing display of wine, at the Seven Springs Wine Fest!

The concept of this wine festival at Seven Springs is amazing. Seemingly endless wine samples from proud and welcoming wineries. There was just the right amount of vendors to explore, all PA wineries. They surprisingly all had multiple sweet options for me to enjoy. I learned that besides moscato, I also love wines made with Niagara, and concord grapes types as well as peach, raspberry and blackberry wines.

Seven Springs Wine Fest

The Seven Springs wine fest event is great to go to in groups of friends, there were a lot of big groups and bachelorette parties. We were invited by our close friends and band The String Theory who regularly perform at Seven Springs events.

Wine Fest Seven Springs 🍷🗻 #winefest #winefest7Springs @7springspa #winefest7S

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Friends on wine, is mighty fine! 😉

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