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Northern Dauphin Co. winery in the works

By , - Last modified: April 23, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Plans for a new winery in northern Dauphin County are under way.

Earlier this month, the fledgling Pariah Vineyard & Winery planted 810 vines in four grape varieties on a 1.5-acre site in Jackson Township.

The plan is to create a wine production facility on the larger 26-acre tract and begin making wine from the local harvest in about three years, owner Derrick Michael said.

The Harman Road winery initially will produce wines made from traminette, cabernet franc, vidal blanc and chambourcin grapes. Until his vines are established, production could begin with grape varieties purchased from other growers, he said.

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Michael said he began dabbling in wine-making about five years ago. The business idea started with a small test vineyard of about 90 vines near Elizabethville.

Pariah will join the growing winery movement in Central Pennsylvania and across the commonwealth.

Twenty years ago, there were fewer than 50 wineries in Pennsylvania. Today there are more than 150, said Jason Reimer, a partner at The Vineyard at Hershey, a Londonderry Township winery open since February.

Reimer serves on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Winery Association in Harrisburg.

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