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Clover Mill Farm Vineyards & Winery

Clover Mill Farm Vineyards & Winery

Clover Mill Farm Vineyards & Winery
1439 Clover Mill Rd
Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
USA 19425
Phone: 888-655-WINE
http://www.clovermillfarm.com

Contact: William Denny
Email: oldemillracewines@clovermillfarm.com

We are a small family-run vineyard and winery located in Chester County in southeastern Pennsylvania. We grow all of our own grapes in our Vineyard which stands on the banks of Pickering Creek. We then process the grapes in our Winery located in a old carriage barn on the property. The vineyard and winery were originally started over 20 years ago under the name Fox Meadow Farm. Since 1998, the Denny family has continued the operation under the name, Clover Mill Farm.

The Farm itself has a long history. The original farmhouse dates back to the pre-Revolutionary War period of the 1760s. Around 1767, the first owner built a grist mill along Pickering Creek. In 1785 the mill was modified to process clover seed, which was planted by area farmers to replenish the soil. The mill no longer stands, but remnants of the old mill race may still be seen. In September of 1777, following the Battle of the Clouds, General Anthony Wayne's troops are said to have camped on the property as the storm-swollen creek blocked their passage to rejoin Washington's army.

The original property remained intact for over 200 years, and on a 1934 map of the area this tract of 157 acres was identified as "Clover Mill Farm". More recently the farmland has been divided into smaller parcels under individual ownership, and the original name was no longer in use. Our acreage with the farmhouse, vineyard and winery now once again bears the name Clover Mill Farm as a reminder of this history.

William Denny is the owner-operator of the farm, and is the viticulturist and vintner. After graduating from Brown University with a major in chemistry he served in the US Navy overseas. He had always had an interest in fruit and vegetable gardening, but he traces his first interest in grape-growing to visits in the vineyards of France and Morocco while stationed there in the early 1960s. He went on to receive an MBA in Finance and has been in the financial management business ever since. Now semi-retired, Bill has returned to those earlier interests in chemistry and agriculture and has taught himself how to grow grapes and make wine.

Gay Denny passed away in 2008. She was the co-owner and was in charge of the Wine Cottage tastings and sales. Always interested in decorating, she made a career of creating bright and cheerful spaces for family and friends in her home and for customers in the various gift shops where she worked and managed. She was also an avid gardener and helped with all the vineyard and winery chores. She is dearly missed by her family.

Daughters Ellen, Nancy and Linda and their families visit often and help out in the vineyard and winery whenever they are in the area.

Winemaker: William Denny

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