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Vynecrest Vineyard/Winery Tour & Dinner

Sunday, May 5, 2013, 3:00pm EDT
Event format: 
In-Person / Local
Posted by Elizabeth Guenther
Breiningsville, PA
United States

Please join us on May 5th at the Vynecrest Vineyard and Winery in Breiningsville, PA, near the exit for Route 100 off of 78. The tour will include Unit Operations discussion with Chemical Engineer and Owner, Dr. John Landis,  followed by a tasting and off-site dinner at a nearby restaurant. Spouses, Significant Others and Friends are welcome!

Event Details

  • Date and Time:  3 pm Sunday, May 5th, 2013
  • Tour and Tasting: Vynecrest Winery, 172 Arrowhead Ln, Breinigsville, PA 18031
  • Dinner: Hops Fogelsville Hotel, 7921 Main St, Fogelsville, PA 18051

We will start with a 30-minute personal tour of the vineyard (weather depending) and winery, followed by a 10 to 15 minute tasting of local wines and cheeses.  Once we are through with the tour and tasting, we can relax and socialize in Tom’s Vyneskeller while further enjoying wine until 4:30 (cash bar).  From there, we take a short drive (~7 minutes) to Hops Fogelsville Hotel for a buffet style dinner.

Throughout the tour Dr. Landis will include some discussion of the Unit Operations involved in the production of wines, if this is not exciting for your non-ChemE significant other the Vyneskeller is always an option to hangout.

Event Pricing

  • AIChE members:  $30
  • Non-AIChE members: $35
  • Students members: $15 (must be 21 for tasting)

Please register for event by contacting Jeremy Schweitzer by May 3rd
T: (610) 248-1977 or E: jeremy.s.schweitzer@gmail.com

Presenter Biography

John Landis has 43 years of experience as a chemical engineer, 28 of which were working for Air Products in various roles.  John holds B.A. in mathematics from Moravian College (1965), and a BS, MS, and PhD in chemical engineering (1970) from the University of Pennsylvania.

John’s path to winemaking began in 1972 when his wife Jan was editing a book called “Homesteading.”  Piqued by the possibilities, they purchased a 5-acre farm in 1973.  Extensive research into soil and weather conditions led them to plant their first fifty vines in 1974.  John applied his chemical engineering background to courses in enology and viticulture and Vynecrest Winery officially opened its doors in 1989.

In 1994, the Landis’ purchased an additional 23-acres of land adjacent to the existing vineyard and began planting the first of many separate vineyard blocks.  When the new vines started producing grapes in 1998, John retired from Air Products and Chemicals to concentrate on growing the winery.  The winery grew in size from its original 5-acre 800 gallon per year size to its current 75-acre 20,000 gallon per year size.