KENNETT SQUARE, PA — The seven vintners of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail will celebrate the end of grape harvest season with a fun filled Vintner’s Dinner on Saturday, November 8 in the magnificent setting of Longwood Gardens East Conservatory and Ballroom (1001 Longwood Road) from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. The incredible line-up of wine, food and entertainment will make this the not-to-be-missed event of the season.
As Master of Ceremonies, KYW TV 3 anchor and local resident Pat Ciarrochi will emcee the festivities. Legendary Joel Peterson, winemaker, president and founder of Ravenswood Winery will make an appearance and serve as guest speaker. Gifted singer, 11 year old Rocco Fiorentino, who is blind from his premature birth and the inspiration for The Little Rock Foundation, will perform for the audience. The cost per person will be $135 and will raise funds to benefit the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail.
The evening will also include a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception with live piano music, a sit-down dinner paired with wines from the local vineyards and dancing to the Brass Ensemble of the Kennett Symphony. All of the winemakers from the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail will attend the harvest celebration to meet and mingle with guests.
The seven wineries, known for making the area’s best wines, include: Black Walnut Winery, Chaddsford Winery, Kreutz Creek Vineyards, Twin Brook Winery, Paradocx Vineyard, Penns Woods Winery and Va La Vineyards. Formed in 2003, the Brandywine Wine Trail has quickly become known as an up-and-coming wine destination credited to the fertile microclimate of the region. Their popular Barrels on the Brandywine tasting weekends, held each spring and fall, draw thousands of visitors to sample the latest wines from each winery.
Affectionately known as the “Godfather of Zin,” Peterson is considered one of the industry’s best-known and most popular figures. Since starting Ravenswood in 1976, he has taken the Sonoma-based winery from a one-man garage operation producing 327 cases of Zinfandel to the #1 producer of Zinfandel worldwide.
A silent auction will benefit The Little Rock Foundation (www.littlerockfoundation.org), an organization of parents who have children with blindness, visual impairment and other disabilities.
Corporate tables are available and will include a special Winemakers Reception. Black tie is optional. Seating is limited and tickets have normally sold out well in advance in previous years. For more information or reservations, please visit www.bvwinetrail.com or call 610.444.3842 or 866.390.4367.