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CW Klay Winery

Fayette Springs Farm, home of the Christian W. KlayWinery, is located in the village of Chalk Hill off Route 40, just east of Uniontown. This 216 acre farm is nestled among the hills of the Chestnut Ridge.

John and Sharon Klay, along with General Manager Ray Matthews, have carefully selected approximately one hundred varieties of grapes for their cold hardiness and flavor. This selection includes Vinifera, French- American hybrids and experimental hybrids. Christian W. Klay winery successfully employs special cool climate viticultural techniques, allowing the original 2 acres planted in 1989 to expand the vineyards to the current fifteen acres. The vineyards, with it's tri-state panoramic view, are at an elevation of 2350 feet above sea level, making them the highest altitude wine grape vineyards in the Eastern United States.

The Christian W. Klay Winery operates from an 1880's bank barn with Queen Ann style cupolas. At the turn of the century, is was part of the estate of the late U.S. Senator Wm. E. Crow and housed a premier dairy herd. Along with the wine making facilities, the barn serves as a venue for both private and specially scheduled events such as weddings, class reunions and corporate events, This past summer the barn served as a stage for the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, "Uncle Merlot's Last Laugh."

Visitors are able to see various stages of the wine making process from the observation room. From the tasting and retail sales room, guests can gaze through the Palladian window upon the vineyards set atop the surrounding hills. Wines such as Nemacolin Castle, a brilliant semi-dry white wine, Fort Necessity, a buttery dry white wine, or Jumonville Glen Red, a medium bodied dry red wine are a few examples of wines produced at the Christian W. Klay Winery. The wines have been named for historic sites along the National Road.

The winery has already recieved a number of awards for its unique blends in its relatively short existance. Two additions, WHITE SWAN TAVERN, a semi-sweet fruity wine with hints of apricot and citrus which recently won a silver medal and STONE HOUSE RED, a hearty cabernet blend with cedar and oak notes which recently won a gold medal in the PA Wine Association Commercial Competition. We also added spiced apple which is delightful served hot or over crushed ice. As the winery continues to grow, the Klays have expanded the special events with an upcoming murder mystery dinner theatre production series called PHILLIP MERLOT: THE CASE OF THE MISSING CASE", which is about a winery, more unique dining experiences called "Wine & Dine in the Woods", an upcoming art show, an Octoberfest, annual visit from Santa with reindeer and caroling along with our usual tastings and tours.


Contact Information

Christian W. Klay Winery
412 Fayette Springs Road
Chalk Hill, Pennsylvania 15421
(724) 439-3424
smklay@hotmail.com

www.cwklaywinery.com

Hours of Operation:
Spring, Summer & Fall
Sunday-Thursday Noon - 6 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Winter Weekends & by special arrangement

 

Directions from the Inne at Watson's Choice

  • Turn Left [East] on Route 21 East
  • Travel 3.1 mi to traffic light at Route 119
  • Turn Right and stay to right following on-ramp sign to [US 119 South Morgantown/ US 40 East ]
  • This is the Uniontown By-Pass. Follow signs for US 40 East
  • Travel 8.3 miles to the top of Summit Mountain
  • After about 5.5 miles you'll start to climb the mountain (2.5 miles up from this is Point Lookout, a worthwhile quick stop).
  • At the top of the mountain to the right is the Summit Hotel
  • Continue to travel straignt on US 40 East for 2 miles.
  • Turn Right onto Fayette Springs Road
  • Travel 0.1 mile
  • Turn Left into CW Klay Winery

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