The idea for the winery came about from the question, “What are you going to do with the old barn?” which was posed to us many times over the years. The answer varied depending on who was asked, but the winery concept always seemed to be part of the answer. In 2007, a recipient of the answer helped push us along by arranging a meeting with a group of people in the wine industry. Next time we turned around we had ordered vines and a tractor was delivered.
The name Grace Winery and the dragonfly are a tribute to proprietor Chris Le Vine’s sister Gracie, who owned Sweetwater Farm prior to Chris and his wife Vicki taking over the property in 1999.
The winery is housed in our 1750’s bank barn. The barn’s original purpose was as a malting barn to malt barley and other grains for distilled spirits. Over the years it was altered many times to be used for livestock, storage and parties.
By the mid–2000s it was in disrepair. The renovations began in December 2008 and were completed in April 2010. All of the timber framing consists of mortise and tenon construction. A Great amount of detail was considered in the design, including sinks made from an original horse trough and a bar top fashioned from the original steps of Independence Hall.
Our tasting room is open Friday – Sunday. We hold our tastings in 2 locations on the property, either the Barn Tasting room or the Vineyard tasting patio.
Our regular hours are:
Friday from 4-8pm
Saturday and Sunday from 12-5pm.
Please check our calendar for location and hours of operation as we alter our hours and location for private events.
Wine can be purchased as a tasting of four wines for $15, by the glass. Beer tasting and beer by the glass is also available. Seasonal cocktails are served Friday evenings. Light fare is available for purchase.
Groups of 6 or more reservation is required via email to Events@gracewinery.com
Last tastings begin 30 mins prior to closing, by the glass options are available till quarter of.
Please enjoy gracefully.
Grace Winery offers private tastings for groups of 2-6 persons. Tour the property with a member of our winemaking team while sampling 6 of our award winning wines. Cost is $40/person. Please contact us to schedule your tasting.
TASTING ROOM POLICIES
Must be 21 to purchase or consume alcohol
Anyone under the age of 21 must be with a parent or guardian
No outside food or beverages permitted
Visibly intoxicated persons will not be served.
We reserve the right to refuse to service
MEET THE WINEMAKER
A native of Bordeaux France whose love of winemaking has taken her all over the world.
As if graduating from the University of Bordeaux II Victor Selgalen in 2007 with a Master’s degree in Enology was not enough, in 2011 Sara received her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and THEN added her National Diploma of Enology at the University of Bordeaux France. Sara has worked at a number of wineries including Chateau Pape Clement and Chateau d’Yquem in the heart of Bordeaux as well as Kim Crawford Wineries where she learned to ways of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Last year she spent the harvest here in the U.S. at King Family Vineyards and we somehow convinced her to come to Grace Winery and be our head winemaker.
Sara feels the unique rocky limestone terrior of Grace Winery is an excellent foundation for constructing superior wines here on the east coast! When not in the cellar, Sara is enjoying life here in the Brandywine Valley where she plays golf and tennis and exploring the history of the area.