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March 29, 2023 | Winery News
ORRTANNA, PA (March 29, 2023): Adams County Winery, Gettysburg’s original winery and the fifth-oldest operating winery in PA, was honored by Destination Gettysburg on March 21 with a plaque commemorating the winery’s 35 years of partnership with the destination-marketing organization.
The winery, one of Destination Gettysburg’s earliest partners from when the destination-marketing organization transitioned from the Gettysburg Travel Council, has remained a main-stay in Destination Gettysburg’s growing showcase of locally-sourced attractions and goods.
“Adams County Winery has been a tremendous partner over the past 35 years,” Karl Pietrzak, President and CEO of Destination Gettysburg, said, “Together, we have both worked toward the same mission – getting visitors and local residents alike to experience the riches of Adams County.”
When current winery owners John Kramb and Katherine Bigler purchased the business from Tom and Bev Campbell in 1988, the departing owners mentioned how important the Convention and Visitors Bureau (now Destination Gettysburg) had been to their success during their time of ownership. John and Katherine would later find out firsthand that Destination Gettysburg was a valuable ally and chose to continue the winery’s membership with the organization.
“Our 35-year partnership with Destination Gettysburg has been invaluable,” Adams County Winery General Manager Dan Baumgardner said of the honor. “They truly care about our beautiful and historical community; specifically, the people and businesses that work so hard generation after generation making sure visitors to the area have positive and memorable experiences.”
Adams County Winery is also a proud member of Destination Gettysburg’s “Adams County Pour Tour,” which allows visitors to the area to “collect stamps as they treat their palates to the wines, ciders, spirits, meads and craft brews found in Gettysburg’s downtown tasting rooms and throughout the Adams County countryside.”
Standing as Pennsylvania’s fifth-oldest operating and Gettysburg’s original winery, Adams County winery opened its doors to the public in 1975 and has continued growing in popularity throughout its decades of wine making. The Farm Winery, nestled in the rolling hills of Orrtanna, PA, operates out of a historically registered 1860’s bank barn and produces upwards of 40 thousand gallons of wine annually. One of the oldest wines in the state, Tears of Gettysburg was introduced in 1988 and remains one of the winery’s most popular wines. The vineyard spans more than 12 acres of land and is home to five different varieties of grapes. Adams County Winery is a 10-time winner of “Best Winery” in the Gettysburg’s Greatest Awards and remains a favorite spot for locals to unwind, pop a cork and enjoy a locally grown glass of PA-produced wine.