Grandview Vineyard represents one aspect of agriculture in the Mount Joy area. It’s part of the proliferation of vineyards and wineries across the state that has enabled Pennsylvania to be ranked only behind California, Washington and New York in wine production. The wineries have also provided the state with a new element of tourism.
Grandview also represents dedication on the part of family. In the early 2000s, Larry Kennel developed an interest in wine. The hobbyist especially enjoyed making dry fruit wines and made it his goal to plant his own vines. With the help of family, he launched that effort in 2009. Two years later, six family members became involved in founding The Vineyard at Grandview. Today, the vineyard is owned by two of those members – daughter Sarah, who is the director of sales and administration, and her husband, Scott Haines, who serves as director of operations, viticulture and enology. Their children are also involved in the business.
The couple credits their success in growing grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and others – to the “shaley, well-draining” soil that defines the acreage. The wine selection ranges from dry reds and whites to semi-sweet and sweet wines.
Since opening in 2013, Grandview has grown to offer visitors such amenities as food, live music, wine-tasting events, cigar dinners, yoga in the vineyard, craft workshops and a Fête en Blanc celebration. The vineyard also hosts weddings and other private functions.
The facility offers an indoor tasting room, an expansive deck that overlooks the vineyard and countryside and an area for weddings.
1489 Grandview Rd., Mount Joy