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It is the passion and desire of the entire Benigna's Creek family, to bring to you the highest quality wine possible at a price that is affordable. Great wines can be produced all over the world, from the Champagne Province, to the Napa Valley, to the southern Australian Regions. As our international awards prove, great wines also can come from a small winery in the Maghantongo Valley. Our wines are very approachable and fun to drink. We have created styles of wine that complement food as well as social events.
You, our customer, are the ultimate judge of our efforts. Our philosophy of wine is for everyday enjoyment, in moderation, not just for special occasions.
With that in mind, producing a high quality and affordable wine will always be our goal. We will never rest on our laurels. We will always try to make our wines better for you. We realize that our success will be rooted in the excellence of our wines.
We have started a life long journey of making great wine. If you have never tasted our wines, we invite you to start today.
Did your mother ever rub concord wine on your gums as a child, to sooth a tooth breaking through? Did your grandmother ever give you a little blackberry wine to settle an upset stomach? Ours did, and here’s our story…….
Our family, the Masser’s, (spelled with two 's' today) originated from the southwest part of Germany. There is history of growing grapes and making wine in our family dating back to the 1500s. North of Venice, Italy at the base of the Alps there is The Maser Villa, a beautiful Venetian villa built in the 1500s, and surrounded by vineyards. The whole area is known as the Maser grape growing area. In southern Germany there is a vineyard and winery with our name. It was, for us, surprising to find out that we have a connection with growing grapes and making wine so far back in history.
Our family immigrated to the colonies in 1752; near the time the creek near the vineyard received its name Benigna. We settled in the Mahantongo Valley in the late 1700s. Our family has worked the land in this valley ever since. We however are the first to have a vineyard and winery. At first we thought that we were pioneers in our family, breaking away from row crops, fruit trees, livestock and vegetables, to grow grapes and have a winery. Only to find out that we really only came full circle to what our family has been doing for centuries. Life is full of ironies.
In the late 1950s our father started an apple orchard, livestock and row crop farm. In the 1970s the orchard was pulled and the livestock and row crops prevailed. The farm grew until we had about 1,000 acres under cultivation and were selling 10,000 hogs a year. However, the switch to corporate farming in the 1990s signaled our leaving a life that we had known for so long.
As we searched for a balance between supporting our family and our passion for working the land, an idea started to materialize. As you can imagine, farming is a family business – we all work together, eat together, and all but sleep together (we thank God that we all have our own homes to go home to at night!). Doing anything beyond having our own business was not an option.
Today the equipment is gone and the animals are all sold. Yet the vineyard still has us rooted in the soil of the Mahantongo. The vineyard and winery have been a natural fit for us. It is something that is difficult to put into words. We seem to be able to grow grapes and make wine as if we always have been doing just that.
In 1999 the first plants entered the ground. Two and a half acres were planted. In 2000 another eight acres were planted. Ground was broke for the winery in 2000 and we opened in 2001. The vineyard and winery stands in an area that was once fields of grain. Our immediate family built the vineyard and winery. The people in our family photo all had a hand in making the vineyard and winery. Husbands and wives, sons and daughters, young and old all helped. The family’s dedication and hard work made the vineyard and winery what it is today.
As Christians, we see God’s hand in all that we do. It seems like a miracle when we sit back and look at all the family went through. It has not been easy, yet this is where God wants us to be. We are sure of that. We look with expectation to all the great vintages ahead. Turning the fruit of the vine into something special for all to enjoy, great wine!!
All of our Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail Association members are small, family-owned wineries, operated independently. Each has a unique experience and rich history and provides their own original touches that reflect the many varieties of wine offered. Wineries each host events and are open to the public at varying hours. Some will offer food and entertainment at different times throughout the year. Most, if not all, wineries will participate in our annual events. To ensure you have the best possible experience at each of our wineries during your time in the Susquehanna Heartland, we encourage you to visit each winery’s profile page and individual website. You are also encouraged to call the wineries directly to ask specific questions about winery entertainment, hours, policies and wine selections. We do our best to ensure current and accurate information about all Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail Association participating wineries. But unfortunately, accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Thanks for visiting!