Crossing Vineyard and Winery
A family-owned vineyard dedicated to environmentally sustainable growing techniques
Technology meets tradition at this innovative and relatively new vineyard, located on a 200-year-old estate in Bucks County. It’s less than a mile from the place where George Washington famously crossed the Delaware during the Revolutionary War.
Vintner Tom Carroll, Jr. brings sustainable growing techniques to Bucks County, and seeks to produce handcrafted wines which embrace the region’s soil and climate.
The varieties grown at Crossing Vineyards include Concord, Steuben, Vidal Blanc, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The first vines were planted in 2002, and ten additional acres were planted in 2003.
Vintner Tom Carroll is committed to using progressive and environmentally healthy growing techniques. Instead of harmful chemicals — which are now causing problems in many of Europe’s vineyards — he controls pests with such methods as cover cropping, bat boxes, under-row tillers, bio-fungicides, natural oils and kelp products for foliar nutrition to strengthen the vines against disease.
Rotational rows of Buckwheat and wildflowers are planted between rows of grape vines. Buckwheat, a summer annual and notorious calcium scavenger, returns calcium to the soil when it is plowed under, and the wildflower mix attracts beneficial insects.
And as for the bat box — the reasoning there is simple: bats are the natural predators of a number of harmful insects and pests.
The winery is open daily from noon to 6 p.m. Stop by for a tasting, tour and pick up a few bottles in the gift shop.
In addition to wine tastings (no appointment needed), Crossing offers private tastings, wine appreciation classes, winemaker’s dinners, and seasonal vineyard walk-arounds. Call for more information.
Crossing also offers fun classes, like Wine for Dummies. Check the website for a schedule. It’s best to reserve your spot in advance.
Vineyards are very sensitive to weather — each one has its own “micro-climate.” Crossing Vineyards uses a computerized weather station to record information on rainfall, temperature, dates of frost and hours of sunshine — thereby building a database of information about its own, site-specific micro-climate.