New American Classics for 2024 and Beyond

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New American Classics for 2024 and Beyond

Chaddsford Winery has strived to produce approachable, yet nuanced, dry wines since our first vintage in 1982. In fact, many of our inaugural releases were intended to position the Brandywine Valley as an emerging dry wine producing region. Our founders believed that our microclimate and terroir shared similarities to Burgundy and set out to produce what they referred to as 'New American Classics' - many of which attempted to emulate the style, finesse and acidity of these well-known French varietals.

We still believe in this mantra and the potential of the Brandywine Valley. Thankfully, in 2024, we have more latitude to challenge conventional norms and push the envelope when considering methodology and style. In fact, some of our most popular wines pull from both traditional and non-traditional origins.

Here are some notable selections from the current portfolio: 

  • Dry Rosé: Redux: Made entirely from Steuben grapes, this is a deliciously refreshing dry rosé that sits easily and fully on the palate with bright aromatics of guava, strawberry, hibiscus, and watermelon.

  • Vidal Blanc: Done completely dry but with all the acidity we would expect from the region. With an intense aroma of pomelo, white pepper, grapefruit, and fresh herbs, this wine is an amazing alternative for you typically Pinot Grigio drinker.

  • Sparkling White: This tank method sparkler is off-dry (1.8% RS) but it’s bright acidity and refreshing, mineral-like finish cleans the palate like a champ. Bursting with a delightful notes of lime zest, peach pit, and a touch of apple.

  • Harbinger: Our annual cellar blend harmoniously integrates vitis vinifera grapes like Pinot Noir with workhorse, hybrid grapes such as Maréchal Foch and Chancellor. This wine shines with eucalyptus and blueberry compote notes and showcases round and grippy tannins.

  • Chardonnay: The Chablis-style white we’ve pursued since 1982. This unoaked wine shines with rich notes of white peach, candied melon, and honeysuckle. The palate is round and welcoming, studded with candied fruit notes before sliding into a cool and steely finish. 

These offerings, along with many others, represent our efforts to showcase the very best of our Mid-Atlantic growing regions and challenge preconceived notions that quality dry wine cannot be produced in Pennsylvania. We encourage you to try some - or all - of these 'New American Classics' and let us know what you think. Cheers!