Mountain View Vineyard, Winery & Distillery

A Seriously Fun Experience
Mountain View Vineyard, Winery & Distillery is nestled into the scenic mountainside of Neola, Pennsylvania. You'll enjoy picturesque views while tasting sustainably made local wine and spirits.

Wine and Spirit Tastings
You can try wine or spirits made with local grapes seven days of the week. We grow our grapes right here on the property in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Our unique wine tasting experience includes pairings of chocolate, cheese, and dip. After your tasting, you get to take a souvenir wine glass home with you.

There are special events all year long and unique drink specials every weekend.

Educational Tours
Every weekend, the owners guide guests on tours. During your distillery tour, you'll learn how we make vodka, brandy, and moonshine from grapes. During the vineyard and winemaking tour (check our website for seasonal schedule), you will get to see our sustainable planting methods and eco-friendly wine making facility.

In addition to teaching you about grape growing and wine making, the passionate owners will share their story about how they gave up their day jobs to follow their dream. You'll leave feeling uplifted.

History
Mountain View Vineyard opened in 2009 but the journey started long before that. Owners Linda and Randy Rice first fell in love with grape growing and winemaking after a trip to the Finger Lakes with friends. In 2003, they planted their first vines on their driveway's split rail fence.

Their friends and family loved the wine they made with their home grown grapes, so they planted a vineyard in their backyard with a plan to sell their handmade wines.

The business grew quickly. In 2013, they added a distillery, which uses recycled grape products.

In 2014, the Rices purchased a 90-acre farm. The purchase saved the land from being developed. It is now preserved under the Pennsylvania Clean and Green Act.

Future
They are planning to open a new winery building this year. It's design includes geothermal energy, LED lighting, and top of the line insulation to reduce energy use. The couple is proving sustainable economic development is possible.

The new project will provide jobs, educational courses, and internships. The public will enjoy its hiking trails and organic farm, which will provide produce for meeting and events on the property.

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Location

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Latitude: 40.975976 Longitude: -75.348197 Elevation: 920 ft
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Mountain View Vineyard

Hours Open

Monday-Saturday 11am-6pm Sunday 12pm-5pm

Seasons Open

Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall

Eco-Friendly Notes

Earth Friendly Farming
Earth-friendly wines begin with earth-friendly farming. We practice sustainable farming methods from the time we plant vines all the way through harvest.

To minimize earth disturbance, we don't till our fields. Instead, we use a small plow to cut only where we need to place vines. We don't irrigate our established fields so we reduce water use.

Instead of praying herbicides to prevent weeds, we mulch around the vines. A four inch layer of mulch (recycled from dead trees and brush) prevents weeds from pushing through. Earth worms break the mulch down and allow for beneficial fungi to form, which nourish the plants.

Sustainable Wine Making
The winemaking facility is powered, heated, and cooled with geothermal and solar energy. This also provides temperature control during the fermentation process. New LED lighting in all facilities consumes 1/5 of the energy previously used.

Instead of throwing away grape products left after winemaking, we turn them into the base for our distilled spirits.

Recycling
Every bottle emptied in the tasting room gets recycled. We have replaced paper tasting sheets for note taking with laminated sheets and grease pencils. So, we can continually reuse them.

Save Our Planet Award
The business earned the Great Pocono Chamber of Commerce Save Our Planet Award in 2014.  

We have a long-term commitment to stewardship of the land. You can keep up with our progress on our blog.

Accessibility Notes

Handicapped Accessible

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