Small Business Spotlight
One small family-owned farm located on the outskirts of Carlisle is doing its part to contribute to Pennsylvania’s long history of winemaking that reaches back more than 300 years while also providing a must-stop destination for those visiting Cumberland Valley.
Harvesting Passion: Tina and Jeff Weyant
The Winery at the Long Shot Farm started as a dream of Tina and Jeff Weyant in 2009 and is Cumberland Valley’s first estate winery, with grapes grown, processed, and bottled onsite. The vineyards include the hybrid varietals of Vidal Blanc, Corot Noir, Charmbourcin, Traminette, and Chardonel, and the American varietals of Concord and Niagara grapes, which means that visitors can choose from an extensive array of wines that appeal to all palates. Whether you are a wine connoisseur or simply appreciate a good glass of wine, visiting The Winery at the Long Shot is a great way to enjoy some of Cumberland Valley's best wine. Since opening in 2019, Bow & Arrow has consistently been the bestseller, combining Chambourcin and blackberry. But, with 15 different options, you'll find sweet, semi-sweet, dry, and off-dry varietals of red, white, rose, and fruit wines. Wine slushies are a not-to-be-missed customer favorite.
Just a short drive from downtown Carlisle, the winery is the ideal location for a respite. The cozy tasting room, housed in a renovated stone and wood barn dating back to the early 1800s, invites guests to relax and stay awhile. When the weather cooperates, savor both the wine and the picturesque views of the North Mountain from the deck. Guests are also welcome to settle in on the grassy area located next to the pond and surrounded by vineyards. While the tasting room offers a small selection of cheeses, meats, crackers, and chips, you are welcome to bring takeout from one of Carlisle's many local restaurants. (TIP: The nearest ones are Pizza Grille and Rustic Tavern).
Events at the Winery
The winery hosts numerous events, including year-round paint nights, food and wine pairings, and seasonal live music with food trucks. Be sure to check the Winery at Long Shot Farm website and follow the Winery at Long Shot Farm on Facebook for the latest updates before planning your visit.
If you want to combine your wine tasting with an outdoor adventure, head to nearby Opossum Lake and hike the 4-mile Angler's Access Trail. The trail loops around the 47-acre lake, and more than 140 species of birds have been spotted in and around water and its adjacent habitat of fields and woodlands.
Spot Their Wine Around Town
If you can't make it to The Winery at the Long Shot Farm during your visit, they participate as a monthly vendor at Farmers on the Square in downtown Carlisle and attend off-site events and local festivals. However you choose to find them, don't miss your chance to taste local wines from Cumberland Valley and support a small business.