Building owner Damon Costantini says Buckingham Valley Vineyards and Winery, about an hour north of the city in Durham, hopes to open a tasting room in the next couple of months.
Before you say, what, a private wine store? Be aware that state law allows local wineries to open a tasting room offsite, much like the Pollyodd distillery’s retail shop a block down Passyunk.
Essentially, it’s a wine shop that only sells the winery’s brand by the bottle and the taste (like flights). For instance, those who have strolled down Gay Street in West Chester may have seen the tasting room for Kreutz Creek Vineyards.
We have few details, and Buckingham hasn’t gotten back to us yet, but Costantini said the shop will also offer small bites. They plan to remove the metal grates and spruce up the front of the entire building, which also houses Wake Up Yoga next door and the forthcoming Malaysian place, Sate Kampar.
Buckingham’s website says they’ve been operating since 1970, one of the first wineries to open after the state legalized them two years before. And you can gauge their status as early adopters by the URL of their website: www.pawine.com.
You can get a preview on Oct. 7, when the winery is scheduled to be among the establishments offering specials for the last Passyunk Passeggiata. They’ll have free wine tasting from 5 to 7 p.m.