Come out to Chester County, PA to celebrate the Fourth with a bang-up BBQ weekend at the vineyards and wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail. Each winery will be hosting wine tastings, vineyard/cellar tours, special events and outdoor cookin’ from pig roasts and BBQ ribs to rotisserie chicken and other grilled “Meats of Independence.”

Wineries involved include:

 

The Brandywine Valley Wine Trail created the Brandywine Big Bang BBQ Weekend as a way to expose regional residents to the exciting wine industry that has developed in southeastern PA and to showcase the high quality wines being made there. No passport is required and there is no fee to attend other than the wineries’ individual tasting fees (ranging from $5-$8) for those who choose to participate in a wine tasting, and any food costs. (Some wineries also offer evening concerts with admission fees).

To learn more about the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, its member wineries, other special events held throughout the year, like the Fall Harvest Festival and the Barrels on the Brandywine, see the Trail’s web site at www.bvwinetrail.com.  All of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail wineries are within ½ hour’s driving time of each other.

The lineup of Brandywine “Big Bang” BBQ Weekend Events are as follows:

BLACK WALNUT WINERY

3000 Lincoln Hwy., Sadsburyville, PA; (610)857-5566; www.blackwalnutwinery.com

Open 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Enjoy wine tastings ($6 for 7 wines), live music, and fabulous foods!  BBQ and sides available for purchase from Jimmy’s BBQ.

July 2:  Free lawn concert:  ECHO, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

July 3:  Free lawn concert:  Dan Frantz, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

CHADDSFORD WINERY

632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA (610)388-6221; www.chaddsford.com,

July 2, 3 & 4, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Invite all your visiting relatives and come enjoy a rousing Fourth of July at Chaddsford Winery including wine tastings, afternoon music from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and an all day BBQ Saturday, Sunday and Monday by favorite local grillin guy Nick’s Chicks. We are joining our fellow members of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail who will all be hosting great wine and BBQ outings from pig pickins to chickin lickins! Wine Tasting $10.

Musicians:

Saturday, July 2 – Josh Komorowski

Saturday, July 3 – Hake and Jarema

Saturday, July 4 – Mike Favinger

KREUTZ CREEK VINEYARDS

553 S. Guernsey Rd., West Grove, PA; (610)869-4412; www.kreutzcreekvineyards.com

Each Day:  Jazz and Swing by Swing Set, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Pulled pork available for sale.  Join in!

PARADOCX VINEYARD

1833 Flint Hill Rd., Landenberg, PA; (610)255-5684; www.paradocx.com

PDX Summer Concert “Big Bang BBQ Weekend”:  The Coyotes

July 2, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Participate in a relaxing and entertaining summer evening as they host an outdoor concert with The Coyotes genres include Old Time Fiddle Tunes, Swing, Texas Swing, Contemporary Folk, and even a few originals!  Adult concert Admission $15.00 includes one complimentary glass and one glass of either White wash, Barn Red or Pail Pink. Teens $5.00, FREE admission for children 12 and under.

PDX Summer Concert “Big Bang BBQ Weekend”:  Fair Trade
July 3, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Join in for a relaxing and entertaining summer evening as we host an outdoor concert with The Fair Trade genres include acoustic Irish Folk music works. They also play Classic, modern, and indie rock!  Adult concert Admission $15.00 includes one complimentary glass and one glass of either White wash, Barn Red or Pail Pink. Teens $5.00, FREE admission for children 12 and under.

PENNS WOODS WINERY

124 Beaver Valley Rd., Chadds Ford, PA; (610)459-0808 www.pennswoodswinery.com

Celebrate the 4th with friends and family at Penns Woods winery!  They will be hosting:

  • Local music all weekend
  • Local food from the Innat Historic Yellow Springs.  They’ll be serving up burgers, hot dogs and BBQ pulled pork!
  • Games for the kids like washers, bean bag toss, hula hoops, footballs and bubbles.
  • Wine by the glass just $5 all day!

TWIN BROOK WINERY

5697 Strasburg Rd., Gap, PA; (717)442-4915; www.twinbrookwinery.com

Celebrate the 4th of July weekend with Twin Brook! Enjoy the music and festivities and your favorite bottle of Twin Brook Wine. Victory Brewing Company will be their special guest BBQ-er for the weekend (BBQ will be available for purchase). Victory will also be providing samples of some of their favorite handcrafted beer.

July 1st • Evening Concert: Hake and Jarema Band 6:30PM – 9:30PM. Admission Charged

July 2nd • Music in the Vineyard: Cracked Walnuts 2:00PM – 5:00PM. Free Lawn Concert

July 3rd • Music in the Vineyard: Ragtime Willi 2:00PM – 5:00PM. Free Lawn Concert

July 4th • Music in the Vineyard: Mark Boyd  2:00PM – 5:00PM. Free Lawn Concert

*In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will relocate into the greenhouse.

WHEELS IN THE VINEYARD  July 3rd • 12:00PM – 5:00PM  No Admission Fee – Free

“Cruise in” or just check out the vintage cars gracing their vineyard.  Gate proceeds benefit the National Neimann Pick Disease Foundation, The ARA Parseghian Medical Research Foundation and The Race For Adam Foundation.

 

For those who wish to make it a weekend visit, several hotels and Bed & Breakfasts partner with the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail to develop Wine Weekend Packages, offering a “Sip & Stay Passport” for tastings at all member wineries.  Nearby attractions include Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, the Brandywine River Museum, the Brandywine Battlefield, and many local antique shops, art galleries, and fine restaurants.  To see more about the area, view www.brandywinevalley.com.