One of our favorite PA wineries here at PAVC, Galer Estate, has been sold and will close next month, with its last day of operation scheduled for Sunday, September 17. (It remains open for tastings and sales between now and then.)
Brad and Lele Galer opened the winery in November 2011, and ran for, as Lele told us via email, “a great 12 years.” The Galers have flirted with selling for a while now, as Brad’s other career as a medical doctor turned pharmaceutical executive has kept him on the road often. But recent developments sealed the deal.
Brad recently took a new job in Boston that required him to spend most of his time in Massachusetts. In January, the 4 acre property was put on the market for close to $3.4 million. When winemaker and general manager Virginia Mitchell decided, earlier this summer, to leave the winery, this further cemented the decision to sell.
Due to an NDA related to the sale, Lele was unable to share any information about the new buyers or their plans for the property. The new owners will inherit any wine currently in barrel or in the cellar inventory, and Lele noted, the Galers are “of course hopeful that they will continue to use the winery as a winery.”
It is of course bittersweet,” Lele continued. “But, there are a lot more local wineries making good wine then there were 15 years ago, and the community has been incredibly supportive and kind. I love what we have created together with the managers, advisors, staff and customers, and I hope that the next owners create something new and wonderful with the property.”
More details will be added to this story as they become available.