Oak Spring Winery

(814) 946-3799 Route 220 North
Altoona, PA PA 16601-9449
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Nestled in the picturesque mountains of Central Pennsylvania Oak Spring Winery was founded in 1987 by John & Sylvia Schraff. They figured they would grow a few grapes on a hillside, convert an old garage into a winery on the first floor, create an apartment upstairs, and put a tasting room down near the road. About half way up the drive, an old oak tree grew at the spot where a spring came out of the ground and created a marshy area full of cattails. That tree inspired the name Oak Spring and became the symbol for the winery that still appears on the labels. However, before that version of the Schraffs' winery dream could come true, the farm adjoining their property came up for sale. The Schraffs bought the 57 acre farm, complete with a barn that could be used for winemaking and a small house that would serve as a tasting room. The Schraffs planted 3 acres of vineyard and in September 1987 received their license to open a winery. By November they decided that they should open the winery to take advantage of the Christmas season.

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