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Christian W. Klay Winery

412 Fayette Springs Road
724-439-3424

Hours: Year Round

The History of the Christian W. Klay Winery

Winery owner Sharon Klay and her husband John first developed an interest in winemaking while living in New York City in the 1970s.  This interest led them to research and select the nearly 100 varieties of grapes that would be suitable for cool climate growing conditions. 

When the Klays relocated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, they searched for three years to find a suitable vineyard site.  In 1986, the couple purchased a 215-acre farm in Chalk Hill, Pennsylvania.  John developed a successful practice as a cardiothoracic surgeon, while Sharon decided to take the original 1,000 vines on the property to 14,000 vines.  In 1997, Fayette County's first commercial winery opened, named after the Klays' son Christian. Sharon planned to offer her customers the complete wine experience and soon developed an array of enticing special events for the public, such as murder mysteries and a "Wine & Dine in the Woods" series.  

Fayette Springs Farm was a suitable place for the Klays' venture as the farm had a long history of entertaining and welcoming guests.  At the turn of the century, the farm was owned by U.S. Senator William E. Crow who opened his mountain estate to many visitors including President Harding and Black Jack Pershing.

Today, the winery offers guests entertaining special events, informative and educational tours, ideal venues for private events, wine tasting, and shopping in two locations.  An active partner in the community, the winery also hosts annual benefits for Fayette Friends of Animals and other non-profit organizations.



Reviews

Bryan Scott

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Thursday, May 10, 2018
We stopped here while visting some local distilleries. Mary was a very knowledgeable and friendly host. Our group aren't big wine drinkers, but Mary was able to make some great suggestions and we enjoyed several of the tastings. Stopped here to pick up some gift bottles, but ended up with several for ourselves. Nice to find some sweeter wines in addition to the traditionals.

Mark Westphal

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Monday, June 4, 2018
Nice place, they offered free tastings of several wines. The wines tended to be sweeter, not to our taste but definitely worth the stop if that's your taste.

J A

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Saturday, March 17, 2018
Here to attend Harold Betters, jazz trombonist extraordinaire's, 90th birthday party. Having a fantastic time. The winery has special events throughout the summer and each is worth attending. No cover! Stop and enjoy! God Bless you Harold.

Bob Sickles

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Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
Went to a wine and chocolate event / tasting. Paid $25 a head, for store bought sweets and a thimble full of wine at a time.it was barely enough to taste. The staff neve talked about the wine.Alli and all, A complete waste of time and money.the male staff was not nice. Save yourself the money, time , and disappointment.👎👎👎👎👎

Scott Lowman

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Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
Absolutely a wonderful place.. service is very friendly and best of all the 🍷 wine is excellent. Definitely recommend going for the tasting and events or just to buy a bottle and get drunk LOL!

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