This year the PA Farm Show had limited judging of events due to COVID-19, so we were happy to learn that the wine competition was still taking place. The biggest change to the competition this year was that wineries were only allowed to submit 5 wines. This was not a problem for our small winery because we only have a few wines which meet the requirements. To enter, wines must be made with 75% PA fruit and in a batch of at least 100 gallons. You can see from the Winery deck that we grow most of our own fruit. However, our vineyards are still young and as a result our batches of wine are not that large.
We are thrilled to announce that we have 3 medal winners this year: a red, a rosé, and a white. Our 2019 Chambourcin received Silver and we won bronze medals for 2019 Summer Blend and 2019 Pink Quiver. It’s wonderful to see our hard work in the vineyards produce recognized PA wines.
Posted by Anja Weyant
2020 PA Farm Show Wine Competition Results
This year we entered our wine in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Wine Competition. We are excited to report that all 4 of the wines we submitted received a medal!
The competition is open to any Pennsylvania winery. Wines must be made with at least 75% of Pennsylvania fruit and have been produced in a quantity of at least 100 gallons. So we must have at least 42 cases of the wine. The Winery at the Long Shot Farm had only 4 wines that met these requirements.
An independent panel of experts tastes and scores the wine. If the score meets certain thresholds then that wine receives a medal. As a result you can have multiple bronze, silver, and gold medal winners in each category.
This year we received a gold medal for our 2017 Vidal Blanc, a silver medal for 2018 Fletched, and bronze medals for 2018 Chambourcin Rosé and 2018 Sweet Mountain Mist.
Tina, Sam, and I attended the Pennsylvania Farm Show Wine Competition awards ceremony. Awards are presented to each winery one at a time. It was wonderful to see all of Tina and Jeff’s hard work recognized by such an important PA wine competition.
We are looking forward to submitting more wines next year to see how they measure up.
Posted by Anja Weyant
Look what we did!! After only being open since March 23rd, we have been voted Runner-Up for best “Wine Bar” in Cumberland County. Congratulations to Castlerigg Wine Shop and Grand Illusion Hard Cider for also placing this year!
Thank you for everyone who took the time to vote for us and any other local businesses!
Posted by Anja Weyant and Samantha Weyant Shaffer
It was nearly impossible to come up with a name for either the farm – or the winery. It seems that every possible name was taken by golf courses, housing development or venues – whatever we came up with was quickly nixed by a Google search 🙂 So we named the farm, just for fun. We planted our first grape vines on this farm 8 years ago – when the winery concept was still in the distant future and we thought we’d have lots of time to think about it. As you can see, we could not come up with something we liked and ended up with just “The Winery at the Long Shot Farm.” Our concept of a winery started with planning and planting a vineyard . . . the name, logo and entire marketing of it was not on top of our minds at the time. [We had a 2-acre lot of fruits, grapes and fruit trees for over a dozen years before we bought the little farm, which is where we learned a lot about what not to do.]
Check out how we named the farm here
We have come such a long way in the last 10 years. Maybe in the beginning we thought this could be a “long shot”. As a family of archers and adventurers, we know the long shots are the best stories.
Read this and more at Penn Live: Last name standing: Cumberland County winery building toward summer debut
Posted by Tina Weyant, Anja Weyant, and Samantha Weyant Shaffer
The article below was published in the Central Penn Business Journal on April 27, 2018, written by Jason Scott. (an earlier version appeared in the online edition):
And here is a link to a blog post by Paul Vigna
of the Harrisburg Patriot News: