Located in southwestern Pennsylvania, the Shields family officially opened the winery on January 1, 2008.
The story really began though with Dr. Ferenc “Frank” Androczi and his Little Hungary Farm Winery. Using knowledge and experience he gained in his home land, Frank planted a vineyard and started keeping bees in Buckhannon, WV. He began making a unique type of wine branded as “Melomel” consisting of honey, grapes, apples, and pears.
In 1994, after tasting Melomel and hearing about the old man, Leigh Shields volunteered to help him. Working over several seasons provided an opportunity to see the methods used by an old-fashioned European type winery. No stainless-steel tanks, chemical stockpile, or sophisticated bottling line. Just oak barrels, the natural ingredients, and a manual corker.
The volunteering continued until 2001 when Frank suffered a stroke and could no longer work. Without any known relatives or formal apprentices, it seemed that Melomel might disappear for good. Frank didn’t want this to happen and urged Leigh to keep making it. Based on the same formula and process, Leigh experimented and was extremely satisfied with the result. In fact, Leigh expanded upon the original red, white, and rose Melomel blends to create many distinct varieties.
Take exit 14 off of I-79 to merge onto PA-21 W toward Waynesburg, go 1.1 miles, use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto US-19 N/E High St/Mt Morris Rd., continue to follow US-19 N/E High St. for 1.2 miles, turn left onto PA-218 S/N Morgan St., continue to follow PA-218 S for 11.7 miles, destination will be on the right.
In 1892 the farm was bought by the Thistlethwaite family. The farm is a 208-acre Century Farm. The original stable is where the winery tasting room is located today. The Vineyard’s 1st acre was planted in 2000. There are 5+ acres of grapes enclosed in a high deer-proof fenced area of 8 acres. Ten varieties of French hybrid grapes are grown at the Vineyard. The Tasting room was opened in February 2008. All of the grapes for the juice for the wine making are grown at the vineyard, that way they have complete control of the quality from the starting material. The tasting room walls, floor, and bar are made from cherry wood and the Vine Room is surrounded by Beech wood from the farm. The trees were turned into boards using a portable saw mill. The Thistlethwaite family is very proud that they are the owners of Greene County’s first winery!
Come for a complimentary wine tasting! We are open daily. After a complimentary wine tasting, feel free to browse. We offer an eclectic variety of items from wine related gifts and local artists wares.
Monday – Saturday – 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday – Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Take exit 14 off of I-79 to merge onto PA-21 W toward Waynesburg go 0.5 miles, turn right onto Elm Dr/T796 go 0.4 miles, turn right onto PA-188 E go 4.6 miles, follow 1st St/T855 and 3rd St/T725 St to Chartiers Rd in Mather go 1.4 miles, turn left onto Chartiers Rd go 0.8 miles, continue on Bacon Run Rd., drive 0.9 miles to Thistlethwaite Ln.