Down a dusty country road that looks as if it came straight out of a James Taylor song sits Chatham Vineyards, where John Wehner crafts his Church Creek wines. The Chatham estate, which adorns the Bordeaux-like labels of Wehner’s wine, was built in 1818 and named for the English 2nd Earl of Chatham, a looming example of period architecture that sits adjacent to the property of the winery, towering over the tightly planted vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and other European varietals. The name “Church Creek” is another holdover from colonial times, this one even further back into the annals of American history, when a small Church of England chapel sat perched on the banks of the nearby creek during the 17th century. Chatham Vineyards is in many ways a tribute to another era… [read more]*
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