CW Klay Winery
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
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.