At first blush it may seem unusual for a wine store to open in the middle of Amish country. Let me explain. The grapes are grown right up the street in Manheim, Pennsylvania. Jan Waltz is a fifth generation farmer who told his father he wanted to grow grapes rather than tobacco or vegetables. Jan’s Amish neighbors help to grow
and harvest the grapes. And with some expert help from a xenologist in Italy the
Waltz’s have produced award winning estate wines in many different varieties.
The building itself is a story. It was an old barn that served as our woodworking shop for the Village as well as the shop for Village Signcrafters. Mark Myers, the architect, Jan and Kim Waltz, and along with lots of help from our own building and merchandising crews have turned that old barn into a beautiful tasting room and retail store that will show off the first class product that is being offered. In addition, an outdoor
patio provides an al fresco setting to enjoy just a glass of wine and a bite of cheese or chocolate before heading back home after a day in Lancaster County.
One more reason to visit Kitchen Kettle Village if you haven’t lately. You never know what we’ve got up our sleeve. Between Waltz Vineyards and The Olive Basin the new food you’ll find is unexpected, perhaps a little different from what you remember
and yet the same great approach to food we’ve always espoused. Good ingredients, intentional care in preparing it and a fun atmosphere to enjoy it in before taking whatever amount you’d like home with you to enjoy and remember your day at Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse, Pennsylvania.
See you soon!