Naming the Winery

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

Winery in the News

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:

Tourism Grant Awarded from CAEDC

We are so excited and thankful to have been awarded a Tourism Product Development Grant from the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation. The official press release was issued today:

Media Contact: Kristen Rowe
Phone: 717-240-7195 Cell: 717-592-8286
Email: kristen@visitcumberlandvalley.com

CAEDC Tourism Grant Helps Fund First Winery at a Vineyard in Cumberland County

CUMBERLAND VALLEY, PA (April 12, 2018) – The Winery at the Long Shot Farm was awarded a Tourism Product Development Grant from the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation (CAEDC) for $74,550. The grant is for the addition of a tasting room to this farm winery located just north of Carlisle at 1925 McClures Gap Rd., Carlisle. They plan to open the tasting room by Summer 2018.

The Winery at the Long Shot Farm is Cumberland County’s first winery with their own vineyard, offering estate bottled wine. “We have been growing grapes and berries in the Cumberland Valley for many years, and we are so thankful for the generous support from CAEDC, allowing us to share our passion for making wine,” said Tina Weyant, co-owner of the family-owned and operated winery.

Nestled at the base of North Mountain and surrounded by farmland, The Winery features a picturesque view of the Cumberland Valley. The tasting room and production area are housed in a renovated stone and wood barn dating back to the early 1800’s, and a large deck will overlook the vineyards and pond allowing visitors to enjoy their glass of wine and the view. All grapes and most of the fruit are grown on the premises, taking advantage of the unique agricultural resources of the Cumberland Valley, and using sustainable agricultural practices. 

The Winery will be specializing in traditional wines, produced from hybrid and vinifera grapes as well as “country” style wines made from other fruits. The initial selection will include varietals such as Chambourcin, Chardonel, Concord and Vidal Blanc grape wines as well as Blackberry and Apple fruit wines. As production increases, a wider variety of wines will be offered including dry and semi-dry hybrid and vinifera wines and sweeter Concord and Niagara wines. 

Visitors will be able to stroll through the vineyard on their own, have a picnic (bring your own food) or participate in a vineyard and winery tour. They anticipate offering educational events such as a forum for home-winemakers, wine tasting tips, and painting classes and social events like book-clubs and knitting groups in the future.

“We are very excited to assist with the opening of the first vineyard winery in the County,” said Valerie Copenhaver, CAEDC Senior Director of Marketing & Tourism. “The Cumberland Valley is already becoming a destination for breweries and distilleries, and to be able to add a locally-sourced winery to that mix only elevates our offerings.”

The Winery at the Long Shot Farm will be part of the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail. Learn more here. CAEDC also assisted the Winery with a letter of support for a USDA Value-Added Producer Grant in 2016 to finish and bottle their wine.

To learn more about grant and low-interest loan options for tourism-related projects, please contact Valerie Copenhaver at 717-240-7193 or valerie@visitcumberlandvalley.com.

About CAEDC

CAEDC is Cumberland County’s authorized agency charged with leveraging and promoting Cumberland Valley’s economic development and tourism assets to drive growth, create jobs and improve the quality of life. Offices are located at 53 W. South Street, Carlisle PA. For more information, visit www.cumberlandbusiness.com and www.visitcumberlandvalley.com.