Eagles Crest Vineyard
A Chester County working farm, vineyard, and animal sanctuary
Perched on a Chester County hillside and surrounded by a growing community, Eagles Crest is a 40-acre oasis of vineyards and farmland with something for everyone in the family.
The over-21 set will enjoy the walking or golf cart tour of the vineyards and sampling the winery’s growing selection of wines. Kids will enjoy visiting the barn, which is populated by miniature animals. And the whole family will get a kick out of the alpaca, wandering the trails of the wildlife sanctuary, enjoying a picnic in a relaxing, natural setting and shopping for wines and items made from alpaca fiber.
Eagles Crest vineyards was inspired by the owner’s grandfather, who brought old-world winemaking techniques from his native Portugal. The vineyard, first planted in 2000, produces approximately 150 cases of specialty wines with more coming every year as the vines mature.
But there is much more than winemaking going on at Eagles Crest. Dedicated to preserving a small natural space in an area that is experiencing a lot of development, the working farm throws open the barn doors to visitors.
The pint-size animals, including African Pygmy goats, pot-bellied pigs, ponies, Miniature Horses and Sicilian Donkeys as well as dogs and cats, are a delight for children. The owner has rescued more than 130 animals, many of whom you can spot while walking the trails of the wildlife sanctuary. And on Friday evenings, knitters are invited to gather to turn the alpaca yarn into fine, hand-made goods.
Wine tastings are held on weekends or by appointment. Fee for wine tastings includes seasonal foods. Bring ID to tastings or to purchase wines. The vineyard is a “No Sick” zone, so owners request that if anyone is sick, they visit another time.
Shearing Day, which is the annual shearing of the alpaca and sheep, is held every May and includes food as well as tours.
During the September and October harvest, visitors can participate in cutting the grapes off the vines.