Are you a wine aficionado? You’ll be glad to hear that the Laurel Highlands boasts a great selection of wineries for you to explore during your trip. Take the Vinoski Winery, for example! Experience 800 years of winemaking tradition as you visit this beautiful winery and its vineyards, learn about their incredible wine and soak in the gorgeous surroundings. Read on to learn more about this fabulous day trip destination and start planning your visit today! Make your vacation even better with the help of our free Vacation Guide. This great tool has all the top recommendations you need, including local restaurants, events, museums, shops, outdoor activities, and more!
You’ll Love Your Day at the Vinoski Winery
History of the Winery
Vinoski Winery is all about family history. Let’s start with the name: it means “Son of Winemaker”! You can trace back the history of this Polish winemaking family back to 1200 AD when they used to make wine for royalty. Remember that back then, the Polish borders stretched from the Baltic Sea all the way down to the Black Sea and Warsaw. It wasn’t until the 1800s that the family, led by the grandfather of today’s owner, moved to Connellsville, PA.
Walt Vinoski now runs the winery. He learned from a very young age how to pick the grapes with his grandfather. He has inherited the ancient technique that once delighted European royal families, and today, you get to taste it, too!
What You Will See
On top of tasting amazing wine, you will get to spend the day in a beautiful environment. Westmorland Castle is the property Walt and his wife Roxanne purchased in 2017 to continue the legendary tradition of Vinoski wines. You’ll be blown away as you drive along the quarter-mile driveway and discover this splendid, 34-room estate. Enter through the impressive portico door, make your way through the 32-foot high entry gallery (take a look at the copula above your head!) and check in for your tasting and tour!
The only way to taste Vinoski wine is to go on a tour. Tastings last around 30 minutes from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays). Choose between the Choice Tasting, which costs $10 per person and includes five 1-ounce tastings. You’ll get to discover a selection of French Columbard, Riesling, Sparkling Brut, Sparkling Rose, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Merlot, and Zinfandel. For $20, you can get the Premium Tasting to try more world-class wines. They all have been aged three years or more in handmade oak barrels. This selection includes Vermentino, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay, but also Symphonia and Reserve which are two house red blends.
Treat Yourself to a Cozy Retreat at Oak Lodge
Spend the day touring the Vinoski Winery and come home to a relaxing room at Oak Lodge! Our charming property is the ultimate retreat in nature you need. Breathe in the fresh air of the rolling hills, unwind from all your worries on a Laurel Highlands vacation.
Oak Lodge offers high-end features while still providing a quaint and rustic chic atmosphere. You’ll love our modern amenities and the gorgeous views you get to enjoy from morning to evening. Browse our selection of rooms and pick your favorite! Our cabins are a great choice for an upscale Davy Crockett-like experience. They all come with a gas fireplace you can use during the cold season, a kitchenette with a coffee machine to make yourself a hot cup in the morning, a modern bathroom, and the most comfortable bed you’ve ever tried. You’ll wake up feeling as refreshed as ever! Don’t forget to join us the next morning for a delicious, homemade breakfast. Our pancakes are served with our very own Maple Syrup that you can also purchase before your departure.