Winery quenches thirst for dandelions
LANDISVILLE - When the dandelions bloom, it means two things: That spring is here and Bellview Winery’s dandelion wines are ready for release.
“Dandelion wine is something my family has been making since the 1950s,” said Scott Quarella, vice president of Bellview Winery. “It’s something they did every year, celebrating Italian heritage and family.”
The winery released four dandelion wines. This year’s vintages are 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2016. Visitors were able to taste test all four vintages and get one of each in a four-pack bundle.
“This wine’s flavor changes dramatically in a short period of time,” said Quarella. “A very old dandelion wine is almost like honey.” He said Bellview Winery is one of three wineries in the U.S. that produces for sale.
Lina and Mike Dever came to the winery specifically to try the dandelion wine.
“We tried all four wines. They were like completely different wines but the youngest was the sweetest,” said Lina Dever.
Amy Hall and Brian Baker were out to explore some of the local wineries on their way back home to North Jersey and decided to stop by the winery. “This is one of the better wineries we have been to and that is on the record,” Hall said with a chuckle.
Belleview Winery has numerous events throughout the year. The winery will be having a Cinco de Mayo fiesta and Mother’s Day celebration next month, along with a Father’s Day barbeque in June, which is the same month that the winery’s concert series begins.
The Bellview Winery is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except on major holiday). Visitors have the opportunity to taste test Belleview’s wide variety of wines, enjoy some lite fare platters and take a tour of the vineyards.
For more information on Bellview Winery, please visit its website at https://www.bellviewwinery.com/.