Endless Mountain Wine Trail debuts
WYSOX TWP. - The organizers of the first-ever Endless Mountains Wine Trail can toast their success.
"I'm very, very happy with the outcome," said Mary Pickering, owner of Pickering Winery on Route 187 in Wysox Township, one of the wineries that organized the Wine Trail. She said the event went well.
"I've had wonderful feedback from everybody on the Trail, and they're hoping for another one next year. We would definitely do another one."
She said the wineries participating in the Wine Trail were able to get exposure, with all the visitors stopping by on the Trail Saturday and Sunday.
Pickering said the winery owners hope the Trail will allow them to draw people to the area each year, like the wineries in the Finger Lakes.
"We're very happy with the turnout."
Four people from Luzerne County, Mary Sullivan, Gary Masters, and Jane and Jack Rosentel, stopped by Pickering while they made their way along the Trail. They said their next stop was Grovedale Winery in Wyalusing.
Sullivan said she read about the Wine Trail, and she and the others thought it would be a fun way to spend the day and see the fall leaves.
Another visitor at Pickering Winery, Stephanie Larkin of Lehigh County, said she wasn't surprised that the Trail was being held.
"There is always something fun going on up here."
Another winery on the Trail, Antler Ridge Winery in Rome, also experienced success.
"A lot of people have come and had a good time," said manager Jared Landmesser. He said it generated interest in both the winery and the Wine Trail.
At Grovedale Winery in Wyalusing, the Trail drew in visitors as well.
"I think everyone was very pleased," said a worker in the tasting room, Justine Lonsdale. "Everything went really well. Everyone was happy and we sold a lot of wine. Everyone loved the food. We had a caterer come in."
Other stops on the Trail included Laddsburg Mountain Winery in Laddsubrg, outside New Albany; Maiolatesi Winery in Scott Township, Lackawanna County; and Nimble Hill Winery in Tunkhannock.
All the wineries were involved with putting the Wine Trail together.
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