Mountain View Vineyard, Winery, Brewery & Distillery - Neola, PA
A Seriously Fun Experience Mountain View Vineyard, Winery, Brewery & Distillery is nestled into the scenic mountainside of Neola, Pennsylvania. You'll enjoy picturesque views while tasting sustainably madelocal wine, beerand spirits. When finished sampling, you may enjoy your favorite beverage on our covered porch or picnic area while taking in our breathtaking vineyard & mountain views!
Wine, Beer and Spirit Tastings
You can try wine, beer or spirits seven days a week. We grow our grapes right here on the property in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Every weekend, the owners guide guests on a tour. During the vineyard, winemaking & brewing tour (check our websitefor seasonal schedule), you will get to see our sustainable planting methods and eco-friendly wine & beer making facility.
In addition to teaching you about grape growing, winemaking, & brewing, the passionate owners will share their story about how they gave up their day jobs to follow their dream. You'll leave feeling uplifted.
History Mountain View Vineyard opened in 2009, but the journey started long before that. Owners Linda and Randy Rice first fell in love with grape growing and winemaking after a trip to the Finger Lakes with friends. In 2003, they planted their first vines on their original property along the driveway's split rail fence.
Their friends and family loved the wine they made with their home grown grapes, so they planted a vineyard in their backyard with a plan to sell their handmade wines.
The business grew quickly. In 2013, they added a distillery, which uses recycled grape products.
In 2014, the Rices purchased a 90-acre farm just two miles away on Walters Road. The purchase saved the land from being developed. It is now preserved under the Pennsylvania Clean and Green Act and the Land Preservation Program. Almost immediately, they began planting new grape varieties and now have 12 acres of grapes on the new property, as well as their 4 original acres on their Neola Road property.
A third product line, craft beer, was added in October of 2017. A tour of the new brewing equipment is held during the winemaking tours as both product lines, and their equipment, share space in the lower level of the new winery building.
New Winery In May of 2017, the Rices opened a new 7,000 square foot winery building with a 2,000 square foot mahogany wrap around covered porch. The beautifull vineyards and mountain views may be sen from anywhere on the porch!
The winery design includes geothermal energy, LED lighting, and top of the line insulation to reduce energy use. In the vineyard, minimal chemical intervention is practiced. Instead of herbicides, the Rices mulch the base of the vines to keep weeds at bay, retain moisture from the rain, and create a nice base for microbial activity. They also use a certified organic fungicide rather than synthetic. The couple is proving sustainable agriculture and economic development is possible.
The new project has provided jobs, educational courses, and internships. In the future, the public will be able to enjoy hiking trails that meander throughout the property. A soon-to-be expanded organic garden will provide produce for the onsite bistro where food is prepared for guests who come to visit.
Earth Friendly Farming
Earth-friendly wines begin with earth-friendly farming. We practice sustainable farming methods from the time we plant vines all the way through harvest.
To minimize earth disturbance, we don't till our fields. Instead, we use a small plow to cut only where we need to place vines. We don't irrigate our established fields so we reduce water use, instead, we dry-farm.
Instead of spraying herbicides to prevent weeds, we mulch around the vines. A four inch layer of mulch (recycled from dead trees and brush) prevents weeds from pushing through. Earth worms break the mulch down and allow for beneficial fungi to form, which nourish the plants.
Sustainable Wine Making
The winemaking facility is powered, heated, and cooled with geothermal and solar energy. This also provides temperature control during the fermentation process. New LED lighting in all facilities consumes 1/5 of the energy previously used.
Instead of throwing away grape products left after winemaking, we turn them into the base for our distilled spirits. Our spent grain from brewing is used to feed our chickens, mixed in with mulch to add more nutrients back into the soil, and also used to make spent beer grain dog biscuits. A portion of the proceeds of the dog biscuit sales is donated to Camp Papillion Pet Rescue in the Snydersville, PA area.
Every bottle emptied in the tasting room gets recycled. We have replaced paper tasting sheets for note taking with laminated sheets and grease pencils so we can continually reuse them. Cardboard packing boxes from all shipments were recycled in the past, is now being composted with our mulch and for weed control in the organic garden.
Save Our Planet Award
The business earned the Great Pocono Chamber of Commerce Save Our Planet Award in 2014.
We have a long-term commitment to stewardship of the land. You can keep up with our progress on our blog.
Sunday - Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 11am-9pm
Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall