Sand Castle wines are created exclusively using the best European vinifera grape varieties and are all estate grown and bottled. Our seedlings were cloned from European stock, carefully selected from the Mosel Valley of Germany and the Burgundy and Bordeaux districts of France.
Grape vines planted in rocky soils combine with the moderating temperatures of the Delaware River to produce fruit ideal for wine making. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Johannisberg Riesling, and Pinot Noir have been specially selected and grafted for the vineyards cool climate and rocky soils.
Our first vintage was produced in 1987 and yielded roughly 2,000 cases of Chardonnay and Riesling. In 1988, the first bottle of Sand Castle wine was sold. Sand Castle Winery relies entirely on its own harvest to produce its world class wines and is one of the few wineries exclusively growing European vines on the East Coast.
Both stainless steel and French Oak barrels are used for aging of the wines. Stainless steel maintains the intensity of the fruit, while French Oak adds complexity. All vinification is done on the estate in Sand Castle’s 7,000 square foot wine cellar. The cellar is blasted 30 feet deep into the hillside, to ensure a consistently cool, undisturbed environment.