New Eats, Fall Fun and Award-Winning Wines Are Waiting for You at Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery
The road to Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery leads past industrial buildings, then neighborhoods with bicycles and dogs on the sidewalks, then onto a winding road past cornfields and ready-to-be harvested grapevines trailing by the car window. It's a picture of Happy Valley as a whole – the best of both worlds – a place where city and industry lives in camaraderie with country fields and good, fine wine.
Let the Good Times Roll Stomp
Every Friday, you can enjoy live music, good wine, and the perfect atmosphere on their deck or inside seating area. You can nosh on Goot Essa cheese with Riprap crackers, or bring your own snacks to pair with their wine. It's perfect for the night before a game – pick up your favorite takeout and pair it with a wine like their Cayuga that bursts with citrus and green apple and is available in dry, medium sweet and sweet.
You get to relive that iconic Lucille Ball grape-stomping scene on October 2 at their third annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival. It features a seminar on the history of wine, a wine tour, live music, a Lucille Ball lookalike contest and an honest-to-goodness wine stomp. This educational, delicious and downright fun event is only $20 per person. While you are there, try their newest wine: Tempranillo. This early harvest, full bodied Spanish red wine has notes of vanilla, dried cherries, and plum. The owners traveled to Washington and tasted a Tempranillo and fell in love with it, and introduced their own this year. It's low acidity gives it a smooth body and perfect pairing with tomato dishes.
Paint a wine glass with Dazzlin' Design on November 6, and take it home with you! Call 814-308-8756 for more information or to reserve spots for you and your favorite wine-testing and glass-painting friends.
Take Home An Award-Winner
Whether you are going to a tailgate party, planning for the holidays, or just want to enjoy a bottle of wine this weekend, they have the perfect wine for your occasion.
Perfect for Holiday Parties: Happy Valley Spice. It's the holidays in a wine glass, a red steeped in orange peel, whole nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves.
Take to the Tailgate: Try their hard cider pressed from local apples!
Save (or don't save) for that anniversary or promotion: Vidal Blanc Ice Wine. It's amazing. We all know how rare and good ice wine is, but this one is really, really amazing. With hints of apricot and honey, no wonder it's won awards in spades, such as the 2015 Governor’s Cup.
Try their New Wine and Cafe on the Park!
Owners Elwin Strewart and Barb Christ saw a need in Bellefonte for a wine bar, and in July, they bought the iconic Cafe on the Park to fulfill that vision. Newly branded, with a soft opening in mid-September, the cafe will offer their iconic wines along with wraps, soups and salads. (Try the Genoa salami with one of their red wines). The cafe joins in Bellefonte's waterfront revival. Their waterfront opened this summer and includes benches, stair access for fishing and kayaking and lights for nighttime enjoyment of the beautiful space, making Happy Valley's beloved small town even more fun to visit. Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery, 576 South Foxpointe Drive; http://www.thehappyvalleywinery.com; 814-308-8756.