- 412 Fayette Spring Rd
Chalk Hill, PA 15412
- Wine Tasting
- Tasting offered: Yes
- Mon-Thu: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
- Fri-Sat: 11:00am - 7:00pm
- Sun: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
- Open seven days a week for your convenience. Call ahead for winter hours.
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Wine: Winery: Ambiance: Oct 30, 2014
Favorite Wine: Riesling
Very busy winery/event Barn in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of PA. They have some very nice wines, great selection. No charge tastings are great, but plastic medicine cups are a turn off.
Wine: Winery: Ambiance: Jul 23, 2014
Norton Wine Review: Christian W. Klay Winery is located near the touristy Farmington, PA area. Our host stated that sixty verities of grapes are grown here at 2,400-2,800’(?). At the time of our mid-summer visit, seventeen grape or fruit wines were available. Most all wines were blends, so who knows how many different grapes were used in these concoctions. There were only three wines considered dry wines. ‘Blanc de Lafayette’ was touted to be similar to Sauvignon Blanc, but we thought it a grapefruity Traminette. Then there was a slightly oaked, brassy tasting Fort Necessity Chardonnay. Their only dry red was a light, bright Norton table wine. None of the typical darker characters of a Norton wine was displayed. The hint of cloves did not add to the enjoyment of this Norton offering. Credit our young server for believing us that the two-day-old opened cleaning fluid Norton needed to be replaced and she did accommodate us with a newly opened Norton which saved this visitation note from condemnation. On the Sunday afternoon we arrived, there was a bridal shower being held in the large adjoining barn, a blue-grass band playing on the covered deck patio and a lone young frazzled lady trying to get a bite to eat after 3:00 pm working the gift shop, wine tasting bar, cash registry and ‘information’ center. Her opening line was "though I’m from here, you’d think a person from these parts would know more about this area." And that about sums up our fruitless experience with the available wines tasted.
Wine: Winery: Ambiance: Aug 14, 2013
Don't go here if you're gay, or a LGBTQ ally! My same sex partner and I are looking for rustic venues for our commitment ceremony/wedding (whatever you want to call it in PA!), and my mother had suggested Christian Klay Winery because she knew that we want a barn. The woman who had answered the phone (we'll call her Kay) was extremely pleasant and accommodating, and offered to look into availabilities for us to come and tour the grounds and call us back. Everything sounded great, and we anticipated spending a nice afternoon this weekend touring the venue, and enjoying a nice lunch/wine tasting together. When Kay called me back, I had thought it would be with a list of times that we could schedule a visit. Instead, I was met with the sour news that our business was not welcomed in their venue. Speaking for her employer, Kay(apologetically and empathetically) let me know that the owner, Sharon Klay, was not "comfortable" booking a same sex wedding given the "questionable legality" of our union in Pennsylvania. Kay was clearly surprised by this and, sadly, put in the tough spot of speaking for a bigot when she seemed to have no idea that her employer was operating the business in such a discriminatory way. I asked Kay to pass along the comment that the legality of our union has nothing to do with the venue where we celebrate it, and that it's a sorry excuse to blame "questionable legality" for ones own blind prejudice. Apparently gay money doesn't spend as well as everyone else's at Christian Klay Winery. We ask no one at Christian Klay to break the law, or even to be concerned with state recognition of our union. It's none of their business, frankly! We are looking for a place to welcome our family and loved ones to share in an important moment in our lives. I am saddened and appalled that the owner would be so discriminatory in the management of her business. Further, if the venue were in Allegheny County, this would be illegal! Not only is her refusal to accommodate us wrong, it's bad business practice. They are turning away potential gay clients at a moment where same sex celebrations are only becoming more commonplace, and also alienating heterosexual couples with LGBT friends or family. The venue seems stunning, but my partner and I will never know. Our dollars, apparently, aren't as valuable as the dollars earned by heterosexual folks. I discourage any and all LGBTQ people, as well as their friends and supporters, from having anything to do with Christian Klay Winery. Goodbye and good riddance! This makes the task of choosing a venue for our big day that much easier!
Wine: Winery: Ambiance: Feb 09, 2012
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