Totem Pole Winery opens tasting room in Mechanicsburg

Totem Pole Winery recently celebrated a soft grand opening. PHOTO/PROVIDED

Totem Pole Winery recently celebrated a soft grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce.

A disabled veteran-owned small business, the winery occupies 207 W. Main St., Mechanicsburg, the former home of Cristiano Winery.

The move by owners Joan and Don Hopler represents an expansion into a location where customers can sample Totem Pole’s assortment of red, white and fruit wines as well as sangrias, slushies and Cristiano wines, a release said. The tasting room will also offer small plates and appetizers.

The couple’s winery began with a wine-making kit, and over a decade later they are producing wine from grapes grown at their ranch in Carlisle. The business is a true family affair, as the wine labels are designed and drawn by their granddaughter, a young artist.

Each month, the Hoplers, members of the Susquehanna Wine Makers Guild, also donate a portion of their proceeds to a local charity. Totem Pole Winery is open 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer