Sand Castle Winery

Sand Castle Winery Bucks County Wine Trail Tasting and Tour


Sand Castle Winery is the purveyor of fine wines with a long and noble heritage. Our vines are exclusively Vitis Vinifera—special seedlings cloned from European stock and chosen by master winemakers. All Sand Castle wine is made exclusively from grapes grown on the Bucks County property, earning the esteemed label of estate grown. The painstaking attention to quality is a large investment that produces classic wines descended from the finest European winemaking traditions. Sand Castle’s unique vineyard location with tough rocky soils sits on a hillside high above the Delaware River valley. The exceptional location combines with Pennsylvania’s cool and sunny climate to produce wines that have been recognized for their quality worldwide. We are pleased to offer our guests a variety of tasting options, including various tastings, tours, and special events. Explore these choices and make your reservation to visit Sand Castle Winery!

Location Description

Located on the banks of the Delaware River just north of New Hope, Pennsylvania.


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Average Bottle Price

$ 19


The Maxian family purchased a hillside property in Bucks County overlooking the Delaware River in 1974 and their dream of Sand Castle Winery was born. In the early 1980s, construction of the winery building began and, after decades of tireless effort, was finally completed in 2007.

Sand Castle Winery vines are exclusively Vitis Vinifera—special seedlings cloned from European stock and chosen by master winemakers. After clearing and preparing the soil over many years, 56,000 of these young plants were painstakingly hand planted, one by one. Up to 1990, all of the vines were pruned and buried in the winter, then uncovered by hand each spring to ensure survival during the cold Pennsylvania winters. Varieties of grapes included Chardonnay, Johannisberg Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir. All vines were selected from the Mosel Valley of Germany and the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions in France.

The first vintage was produced in 1987 and yielded roughly 2,000 cases of Chardonnay and Riesling. In 1988, the first bottle of Sand Castle wine was sold. Sand Castle Winery relies entirely on its own harvest to produce its world class wines and is one of the few wineries exclusively growing European vines on the East Coast.

Both stainless steel and French Oak barrels are used for aging of the wines. Stainless steel maintains the intensity of the fruit, while French Oak adds complexity. All vinification is done on the estate in Sand Castle’s 7,000 square foot wine cellar. The cellar is blasted 30 feet deep into the hillside, to ensure a consistently cool, undisturbed environment.

The Team

Founders - Joseph and Paul Maxian

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Sand Castle wines are created exclusively using the best European vinifera grape varieties and are all estate grown and bottled. Our seedlings were cloned from European stock, carefully selected from the Mosel Valley of Germany and the Burgundy and Bordeaux districts of France.

Grape vines planted in rocky soils combine with the moderating temperatures of the Delaware River to produce fruit ideal for wine making. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Johannisberg Riesling, and Pinot Noir have been specially selected and grafted for the vineyards cool climate and rocky soils.

Cabernet Sauvignon:

The outstanding grape variety used for finest great wines of the world. Cabernet Sauvignon Is a prominent grape In the regions of Bordeaux, California, Chile, Australia. At Sand Castle we leave the Cabernet grapes on the vines until one for two frosts will burn the harshness out of the grapes. The result is a very soft wine at fairly young age of two to five years.


Excellent white grape grown notably in Burgundy. It yields a rich well-balanced wine with a distinctive aroma and a superb, lingering aftertaste. Grown in Burgundy, California, Australia, and of course the Sand Castle Winery. Sand Castle Winery is producing two styles of the Chardonnay wine. Our Private Reserve is made in the Chablis Style, aged only in stainless steel tanks. This style of Chardonnay produces a flinty, steely crisp chardonnay ideal for shell fish. Our Classic Chardonnay is aged for 2 years in French Oak and produces the very popular style of chardonnay- buttery, toasty with vanilla overtones.

Johannisberg Riesling:

This is one of the oldest grape varieties coming from the Roman Empire and King Ludwig in the 9th century planted along the Rhine River. It quickly became well known grape variety producing the most distinctive and noble wines of Alsace, Mosel, Rhine, and Sand Castle. The fruit is small and yellowish, but it is one of the great grapes of the world which spans residual sugar and the wines could vary from dry, to semi sweet, all the way to dessert.

Pinot Noir:

This is one of the greatest of fine-wine grapes. It makes fabulous red wines in Burgundy and is primarily responsible for champagne. If the grape is planted on a right slope and during right climatic conditions it will produce the most stable and velvety wines in the world. The southeast slope of the Sand Castle Vineyards with its rocky soils in combination with late summer drought conditions will produce the maximum of the flavors for these grapes.

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Monday through Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-5pm * Tours held on the hour daily from 11am-4pm


755 River Rd
Erwinna, Pennsylvania 18920
United States

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