Spring Gate expanding winery, brewery operations to West Shore
A popular East Shore winery and brewery is expanding its reach into one of the West Shore's fastest-growing neighborhoods.
The owner of Lower Paxton Township-based Spring Gate Vineyard and sister company Spring Gate Brewery is slated to open a second facility by spring 2019 in a mixed-use neighborhood in Cumberland County called Arcona.
Lancaster-based Charter Homes & Neighborhoods has built 130 homes in Arcona, which is off Lisburn and Rossmoyne roads in Lower Allen Township. But several new sections are under construction — to the tune of $80 million — that will add hundreds of new homes and local businesses.
Spring Gate will be the latest addition.
The winery and brewery will be located at the center of the development in a section called Arcona Green, a space designed as a central gathering place. The business is expected to take up nearly 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. Construction will begin this fall.
The green itself also will be lined with townhomes and other new businesses. Charter recently announced the addition of IDEA Coffee, a coffee shop managed by AnnMarie Nelms, owner of Arcona's Thea restaurant, and Water Colours Interior Design.
"We are excited to continue the growth of Spring Gate with this one-of-a-kind location on Arcona Green in the center of the neighborhood," Spring Gate owner Marty Schoffstall said in a statement. "The team at Charter has worked with us to craft a brand-new design for Spring Gate that will look and feel unlike anything else in the area."
The design of the new space condenses operations housed in several farm buildings from Spring Gate's current 60-acre facility on Devonshire Road into one location.
Spring Gate Vineyard opened in 2014 and the farm brewery followed in 2015. The facility makes a variety of wine, cider and beer. Spring Gate is well known for its wine slushies and large outdoor patios and social areas that regularly play host to weekend food trucks and festivals.
Schoffstall said the West Shore location will host music events and other unique Arcona events as the neighborhood continues to expand. He also said he would like to start producing special wines for Arcona, though not right away.
He believes Arcona could be the first of several regional expansions for Spring Gate over the next few years. This smaller village-style model, he said, could be like a coffee shop or biergarten — a place for people to grab a drink, a snack and hangout with friends and neighbors.
"There is opportunity for a place that is more wine forward," he said.
Spring Gate is planning to host several events at Arcona this fall, according to Charter. For example, Schoffstall said he hopes to open a pop-up tasting room in the community this fall while the site is under construction.
By the time it is complete, which could take up to 20 years, Charter expects Arcona to have more than 1,000 homes, more than 50 acres of preserved space and five miles of trails.