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CrossWinds Winery at Hershey Delights All The Senses

By Elisha Neubauer

In 2015, CrossWinds Winery at Hershey opened its doors to the public. While the vineyard, located in Juniata County, has been in operation for over 25 years, the public tasting room was a new addition meant to bring attention to the fine quality of the wines produced in the vineyard.

"Prior to opening the tasting room, we worked closely with many wineries throughout the state," Linda S. Baird Jansen, owner, said. "We also served on state viticulture and winery advisory boards to help move the PA wine industry forward."

Wanting to expand the appreciation of fine Pennsylvania wines, the winery is appreciative of the recognition received from many different competitions. After two decades in the industry, CrossWinds Winery at Hershey has not only managed to secure a mature vineyard, but have worked out the kinks and have mastered the recipe for successful growing in the Pennsylvania climate.

"Pennsylvania presents a challenging environment and ever-changing weather patterns that require many ingredients to be applied at just the right time," Baird Jansen said. "We must prune to the right volumes, pull leaves at the right time to allow circulation and sun, weed pull to promote a proper moisture balance as well as choosing the perfect harvest time to allow for a proper balance of fruit, dryness and sweetness."

Fortunately, the Juniata County Vineyard landscape promotes excellent drainage and sun exposure.

Recently, the Winery began a joint venture on wine pairing dinners. Partnering with chef Komal of Pari's Tasting Table, the Winery is able to offer new pleasures in pairing their prepared wines with a range of delectable dishes.

To meet its namesake, the Winery has one standout feature that helps set it apart: an on-site airport right in the vineyard.

"Both Ed and I are pilots and thrilled to be able to combine our love of flying with our talents in grape growing and winemaking," Baird Jansen said. "A great opportunity for others to stop in and enjoy a Fly Boy Rose, High Flying White, or Tailspin Blueberry or any of other Pennsylvania grown and Pennsylvania made wines at CrossWinds Winery at Hershey."

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