Long road trips can be a double-edged sword for wine trail enthusiasts such as ourselves. While we love finding fantastic wineries outside of our usual stomping grounds, it sucks knowing that a return visit isn’t easily achievable. And when we discover a truly special place such as Stone Villa Wine Cellars in Acme, PA, the experience is indeed bittersweet. Even with remnants of snow dotting the grounds, the beauty of this lake front winery with its eye-catching stonework shone through. Stone Villa has a large wine selection that runs the gamut from dry to sweet, dog-friendly grounds, complimentary tastings, and with its convenient location just off of I-76, it is perfect place for weary travelers to take a break.
Naturally, our respite included tasting wine and Stone Villa rose to the occasion. I adored both the 2019 Semi-dry Riesling and the 2020 Semi-sweet Riesling and if forced to choose between the two, I’m going to give the edge to the Semi-dry. Speaking of semi-drys, I’m not usually a fan of reds but I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the 2019 Villa Dry with its subtle cherry notes. The 2019 Padre’s Gold won my heart as well as the award for the most unique tasting wine of the day with its pineapple and citrus notes. The 2020 Padre’s Red with its slight peppery notes was a hit with my husband as well as the Villa Passion with its hint of melon. For those seeking a truly sweet experience, look no further than the 2021 Niagara, the 2021 Stonegria (a delightful red sangria) or the Pink Catawba.
Had our visit been in warmer weather, we could have enjoyed live music on the outside patio with either a picnic lunch or food trucks. One thing's for sure - the next time we venture this way again, we will be sure to do so in more favorable weather so we can fully enjoy all that Stone Villa Wine Cellars has to offer.