In Gettysburg they turn the fruit into liquid gold for all to enjoy

Kathleen Ganster

Abundant apple orchards around Gettysburg provide great fall family fun, as well as fruit for a growing cider industry.

A glass of cold, sharp, tart hard apple cider or a glass of full red wine — either way, you have an amazing view of the orchards, vineyards, and farmlands of the Gettysburg area at the well-known Hauser Estate. And, either way, you are enjoying local products from that rich countryside.

Located in Biglerville, just 8 miles west of Gettysburg, Hauser Estate has a 360-degree glass-enclosed tasting room where visitors can sit indoors or on the patio and enjoy one of the many featured wines or ciders.

The popular winery is just one of the stops along the Gettysburg Wine and Fruit Trail, which includes more than 58 sites and venues such as wineries, vineyards, orchards, and a fast-growing ciderworks industry. Driving through the scenic countryside, the trail serves as a map for places to stop for beverages and fresh produce samplings.

 

Fall means apples in Adams County

Follow the trail in the fall — the perfect time to visit and pay homage to Gettysburg’s apple heritage.

Take in the 360-degree views from the patio or the tasting room at Hauser Estate Winery.
Take in the 360-degree views from the patio or the tasting room at Hauser Estate Winery.

The region is a leader in apple production. That means it is the perfect place for cider — both the kind that is popular with kids of all ages and the grown-up version.

Hauser Estate hosted the first Pennsylvania Cider Fest this past summer recognizing the growing popularity of hard cider. Taking advantage of the estate’s own apple orchards, Jonathan Patrono, grandson of the farm founders, decided to start producing hard cider in 2008.

Brian Bolzan, the chief cider maker at Hauser, said it was a natural step for the farm and winery.

“I love working with all the fresh fruit available to us here in this part of Pennsylvania, especially the apples that come from our orchard. We are really hands-on here. We’re pressing the apples and other fruits ourselves, which I think makes us more intentional in crafting a product that we can be proud of,” he said.

Look to the east from the patio at Hauser and you will see the unique Historic Round Barn and Farm Market, also on the trail. This beautiful old round barn was built in 1914 and is one of just a few round barns still standing. Visit the goats and donkeys while stopping for local fruit, vegetables, and gift items.

The Mason-Dixon Distillery joined the food and beverage scene in Gettysburg in late July. The property was the result of a two-year reconstruction of a furniture factory to house the distillery, bar area, kitchen, and dining room. The small-batch distillery offers both vodka and rum. In addition to signature drinks such as The Commonwealth (named after Pennsylvania, of course), Lavender Lemonade, and NYMM (Not Your Mother’s Margarita), Mason-Dixon Distillery will also feature small-plate dining.

Abundant apple orchards around Gettysburg provide great fall family fun, as well as fruit for a growing cider industry.
Abundant apple orchards around Gettysburg provide great fall family fun, as well as fruit for a growing cider industry.

Mason-Dixon Distillery has a lot in common with other local wineries and ciderworks — the distillers use local grains. Marrying history with local agriculture, the grains used in the process are grown on the Gettysburg battlefield thanks to a farm lease with the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Another stop for spirits is the Battlefield Brew Works and Spirits of Gettysburg Distillery. Located in at the historic Monfort Farm, site of a Confederate field hospital after the battle of Gettysburg, the brewery opened in 2013 and features several appropriately named beers, including Lincoln Lager, Red Circle Ale, and Robert E. Lee IPA.

Spirits of Gettysburg Distillery opened in 2015 and offers Rye Smile Rye Whiskey, Burnt Bum Rum, Far Gin Movement, Discount Unicorn White Whiskey, Chambersburg Peach Brandy, and Biglerville Apple Pie Moonshine.

 

Take a food tour

To make it easy for visitors looking for good food and beverages with a dose of history, Savor Gettysburg Food tours offers a Historic Downtown Food Tour, with stops that feature foods that are uniquely Gettysburg. A variety of foods, wine, hard cider, and desserts are featured with locations varying on the tours. And, in between all of the great eating, guests have a narrated walking tour of downtown Gettysburg. (Total walking distance is just less than 1 mile, and the tour time is approximately three hours)

Savor Gettysburg also offers a Wine, Cider, and Dine Tour for guests 21 or older. Guests visit four local wineries and a restaurant to sample the local wines and delicious foods. Featured stops on a recent tour included Adams County Winery, Hauser Estate Winery, Knob Hall Winery, Reid’s Orchard and Winery, and Food 101. The total walking distance is less than 1 mile for this tour.

Gettysburg has a wide variety of accommodation choices, including bed-and-breakfast inns, historic hotels, chain hotels, and both rustic and upscale campgrounds. A few miles out of town, the Lodges at Gettysburg occupy a beautiful setting with private, individual cottages.

 

For more information:

Gettysburg Wine and Fruit Trail: gettysburgwineandfruittrail.com

Gettysburg Tourism: destinationgettysburg.com

 

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