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.
In 1997, Fayette County’s first commercial winery opened, named after the Klays’ son Christian and is located in a stately 1880’s antique barn. Today, the winery offers guests entertaining special events, informative and educational tours, ideal venues for private events, wine tasting, and shopping in six locations. An active partner in the community, the winery also hosts annual benefits for Fayette Friends of Animals and other non-profit organizations.