Toast Gettysburg history this summer at area wineries

Debbie Hess, left, and Laura Winters of Littlestown purchase a bottle of wine to share at Hauser Estate Winery near Biglerville (Photo by Chris Dunn)

Debbie Hess, left, and Laura Winters of Littlestown purchase a bottle of wine to share at Hauser Estate Winery near Biglerville (Photo by Chris Dunn)

The 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg means an action-packed summer in southcentral Pennsylvania.

But the celebration isn’t limited to just the battlefield.

Local wineries are getting in on the fun with special events and commemorative wines.

“We love when people of all ages come to visit the winery,” said, Rob Leonard, business development manager at Adams County Winery in Ortanna.

“We wanted to do something that would be free and open to the public that would be entertaining for the regular guests and the thousands of people who will be here for the first time to celebrate the 150th anniversary.”

Adams County Winery’s 150th Gettysburg Commemoration Family Festival will offer a full lineup of free entertainment, including Gettysburg historians, live music, re-enactors, tours and a variety of vendors. And those looking to come to the winery to take advantage of the free wine tasting won’t be disappointed.

“We have six official wines in the series — Tears of Gettysburg, Rebel Red, Traveller, Turning Point, Chardonnay and The Engagement,” Leonard said.

“Tears of Gettysburg is our hallmark wine and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and it just won its 25th award,” he said. “Rebel Red is also one of our most popular wines and has won 19 awards.”

Hauser Estate Winery in Biglerville will celebrate the 150th anniversary by offering a commemorative growler of Jack’s Hard Cider for $14, as well as a commemorative boxed wine set — with Devil’s Den Red, Jennie Wade White and Abe’s Apple — for $48.

“We think it’s a really important time to commemorate, so we wanted to make sure we had something for customers to take home,” said Melisa Patrono, tasting room and special events manager at Hauser Estate.

Hauser Estate will also be hosting an entertainment lineup during the 150th celebration July 4 through 6, as well as catering, offering an opportunity for guests to enjoy the winery’s tasting room and deck, which overlooks Adams County.

“Hard cider is something our founding fathers drank, and we will have plenty of it on draft,” Patrono said.

“Celebrating the 150th at the winery is a great way to reminisce about the past while celebrating the community spirit.”

If you go

Adams County Winery, 251 Peach Tree Road, Orrtanna, will host its 150th Gettysburg Commemoration Family Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. June 29. Cormorant’s Fancy will play a variety of music from the Civil War-era period on the outdoor stage, and Revonah 4 Woodwind Quartet will provide music inside the winery tasting room area. Other activities will include book signings, winery tours, history demonstrations and a meet-and-greet with Gen. and Mrs. Robert E. Lee and Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant. Though the festival is free, the winery is asking people to register so the food vendors can be prepared. For information, visit or call 717-334-4631.

Hauster Estate Winery, 410 Cashtown Road, Biglerville, has a full entertainment and catering lineup planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary. The Dearest Home Band will play Civil War music at 1 p.m. July 4, and the Soup Band will play at 6 p.m. Fabio Carella will provide catering. The Willies will play at 6 p.m. July 5, and the New A-Ville Inn will cater. The No Last Call Band will play at 6 p.m. July 6, with Fabio Carella providing catering. Visit or call 717-334-4888 for a full schedule of events and catering during the 150th anniversary weekend.

Reid’s Orchard & Winery, 2135 Buchanan Valley Road, Orrtanna, is recognized by the Gettysburg Wine & Fruit Trail as the exclusive producer of Sesquicentennial Gettysburg Wines. Bring a picnic lunch or dinner to enjoy samples and live music Saturdays and Sundays at the winery during the 150th celebration. Catch The Pale Barn Ghosts 5 to 8 p.m. June 29 and Shelly McCarthy 2 to 5 p.m. June 30. The Willys are scheduled to perform 5 to 9 p.m. July 6 and the acoustic Celtic-folk trip Across the Pond will play 2 to 5 p.m. July 7. For information, visit or call 717-677-7047.

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