Thursday, March 5, 2009

Allegro: Tanks busier than last year this time

Checked in Thursday with winemaker and owner Carl Helrich of Allegro Vineyards on how they fared during the first weekend of Tour de Tanks. That event will continue on weekends through the end of this month. Here's what he had to say.

"Yeah, we had a busy weekend. Busier than last year this time. We're tasting Chardonnay, Merlot and Chambourcin in the cellar with the visitors. The first two are wine varieties that I think will speak for our region. I am offering the Chambourcin as a counterpoint.

"We always enjoy being on the Tour de Tanks trail. It let's folks experience all the wineries side-by-side. Our customer base has exploded because of this event because a lot of wine drinkers in this area never came out to the Brogue before. Our sales in this remote area grew significantly last year, even with the slowing economy and the $4/gallon gas prices."

1 comment:

Brenda Adams for Allegro Vineyards said...

York County’s Allegro Vineyards has
announced the release of a new wine that is the product of a collaborative winemaking venture. The wine, 2007 Trio, is a vintage blend combining wines from Allegro,
Manatawny Creek Winery in Amityville and Pinnacle Ridge Winery, Kutztown.

“What started as just an off-the-wall idea has matured into an imminently drinkable and
ageable wine,” stated Allegro owner/winemaker Carl Helrich, “2007 was a wonderful vintage, producing some of the best wines of this decade.” The three wineries thought it would be an interesting concept to take the best of what they did and blend it together.

Helrich added, “It turned out the blend is about as different as we are.” Trio is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, aged for approximately 18 months at each winery and then blended at Manatawny Creek. Helrich described the result as a fruit-forward wine with tame oak and very supple tannins. “This is a wine that should deliver numerous years of drinking pleasure, as long as you’re one of the lucky few who is able to get it before it's gone,” remarked Helrich. Since each winery contributed just 4 barrels towards the effort, supplies are limited.

The wine is available for purchase at all three wineries while supplies last. Allegro Vineyards is located at 3475 Sechrist Road in Brogue. Visit for other Allegro retail locations.

• Allegro Vineyards,
• Manatawny Creek Winery,
• Pinnacle Ridge Winery,