Our first stop was supposed to be Swiss Heritage Winery in side Broad Run Cheesehouse. We were excited about the opportunity to purchase some cheeses to snack on as we traveled to the various wineries on our itinerary. We were also happy to learn that they were a dog friendly facility.
As we made our way to our destination, we discovered that they were in very close proximity to Breitenbach Wine Cellars We had seen Breitenbach wines at Jungle Jim’s but didn’t realize that they were so close to our first stop.
Upon arriving at Swiss Heritage Winery, we discovered that a large tourist bus arrived before we did. Bushmaster went inside to check things out and reported back that they were too crowded and set up more like a gift shop. He couldn’t see how they could accommodate our Classy Canines. And then to top it off, their bathrooms out of order. We had driven for hours so that was not the news we wanted to hear.
Luckily Breitenbach Wine Cellars was so close that it was within walking distance. A few of the people from the tourist bus had begun to leave Swiss Heritage Winery and were making their way to Breitenbach. Before Breitenbach got too crowded we decided we would go there to use the facilities and have our first wine tasting. Although Bushmaster went in to check on things first and had been told the dogs could be on the grounds, we soon saw signs to the contrary. We were going to have to leave the dogs in the car. It was still cool enough out that this wasn’t an issue but we still felt the need to make sure they were okay.
Time for a speed tasting! We quickly sampled the following:
- Green Shoes – Proprietary Cab Blend – This was a bit too sweet as to what we’ve come to expect from Cabernet.
- Festival – Red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec – We had high hopes for this one, but to us it came off as bitter.
- Merlot – Not typically my varietal, I was surprised to find this one turned out to be my favorite.
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Red Raspberry – This fruit wine was light and refreshing.
- Elderberry – There’s just something about Elderberry that we always have to try Elderberry. This one was very sweet and syrupy.
- Black Raspberry
- Plum – This sweet version had spice notes very similar to our own Plum Dry wine.
- Dandelion – I was very excited to finally have the opportunity to taste Dandelion wine. It had an unusual flavor that made it intriguing to me. Bushmaster didn’t care for it at all.
- Tawny Port – This was a nice port with good flavor.
Their wine list was much more extensive but with the Classy Canines in the car, we didn’t feel that we were able to devote any more time here. Breitenbach had a nice little gift shop with food and other items that I would have liked to have been able to explore. The grounds were beautiful and this particular day they were gearing up for a day of festivities with picnic options and music. They also offer tours of their large wine making facilities.