Our story begins in 1982 when the Lynns – Rick & Susan – and the Schillings – Rob & Amy – decided to purchase and revive an abandoned farm on the edge of Mount Pleasant, PA.
Through a bit of luck and a large surprise deal, we acquired several thousand raspberry plants that grew into the small fruits business of Sand Hill Berries. The plants survived, the fields were restored with new berries and heirloom variety orchards, a bakery and small dessert cafe were added, a line of gourmet pantry items were jarred, fresh fruit even made it to the White House with gooseberries, currants, and golden raspberries for two state dinners, and yet several seasons still yielded a surplus of the highest quality small fruits – this planted the seed for a future winery. Gradually we realized that our fruits could be made into pure fruit wines, and our expertise in cultural practices would accommodate production of quality hybrid vinifera grapes to provide a full spectrum of wines. The new winery was planned for many years, but the demands of fruit growing and various regulatory issues stalled the dream. Finally in autumn of 2007, Greendance – The Winery at Sand Hill was consummated and opened in September of that year.