Pinnacle Ridge Winery, situated in the heart
of idyllic "Pennsylvania Dutch Country," is located
along Old Route 22 outside of Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
In 1993, Brad Knapp established the winery,
housed in a beautifully renovated Pennsylvania bank barn,
originally built in 1851. The thick stone foundation provides
cool, stable temperatures year-round…ideal conditions
for the production and aging of wine. The processing area,
which includes French and American oak barrels and stainless
steel tanks, is entirely visible from the lower level tasting
room. The sparkling wines are produced in what was once a
potato cellar, near the barn.
The winemaking philosophy at Pinnacle Ridge
is one of minimal intervention using traditional methods.
This approach ensures that the unique flavors produced in
our vineyards are retained and showcased in our award-winning
At Pinnacle Ridge, only locally grown grapes
are used to make our sparkling and table wines. The grapes
are primarily grown in our estate vineyard and at nearby
Round Ridge Farms, both in Berks County. The vineyards are
located on shale-filled hillsides which promote small crops
of very high quality grapes, steeped with local character.
We grow both French-American and European Vinifera
grapes, such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
These are the same classic varietals produced in the Champagne
region of France. Other varieties grown for Pinnacle Ridge
wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot,
Vidal, Cayuga and Chambourcin. All of our fruit is harvested
entirely by hand to ensure that only the highest quality
grapes will be used in our wines.
Pinnacle Ridge specializes in sparkling wine/champagne
which is hand-crafted using the traditional method or ‘Methode
Champenoise.’ Currently a Brut Rose, a Cuvee Chardonnay,
and a Blanc de Blanc are offered.
In addition, a selection of fine table wines
are available, including most notably two Chardonnays, a
Pinot Noir, a Cabernet Franc, a Merlot, a Dry Vidal Blanc,
a Vidal Blanc, a Vidal Ice Wine, Chambourcin Rose', Chambourcin,
our first Chambourcin Reserve and the Cayuga White. Our red
wines are aged in oak barrels while most of the white wines
are fermented in stainless steel tanks. Additionally, our
Chardonnay is barrel fermented for added complexity; whereas
our Naked Chardonnay is aged in stainless steel for a crisp,
Many of our wines have been awarded medals
in state, regional, national and international competitions.
The combination of high quality, locally grown fruit and
the winemaker's passion and commitment to using optimum winemaking
methods results in wines which rival the best wines made
worldwide. Our most prestigious acknowledgement for our winemaking
has been the Wine Excellence Award presented in January 2007
by the Wine Society of Pennsylvania for our 2005 Pinot Noir.
Previously, we have received the Governor’s Cup in
2006 for our 2005 Vidal Ice Wine, and in 2003 for our 2001
Chambourcin hallmarking them as the best in the state of
As we look ahead to our fifteenth year in crafting
quality wines, we not only celebrate the fruition of the
burgeoning winemaking culture in Pennsylvania, but the opportunity
to continue to provide incredible wines for our customers
For more information please contact: email@example.com or (610) 756-4481