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Newsletter Article, September 2012
Spending a year recovering from injuries sustained in the service gave Shane Erdley a lot of time to think about his dream of starting a small vineyard in his hometown - starting the Stone Barn Winery and Vineyard and Stone Barn Outfitter in Selinsgrove. “There is so much down time at the VA, I just started reading and reading about vineyards, wine, and what it takes to grow good grapes in this part of Pennsylvania.” Shane looks out over his rows of newly planted vines and smiles, “It’ll take about three to four years until the vines mature and produce grapes, but there is a lot to do around here in the meantime.” Weddings, camping, kayak tours, nature trails, and wine tasting are all in the plan for this local entrepreneur.
We’re joined by “Fatty” (real name: Georgia) the roly-poly farm bulldog for an informal tour of beautiful grounds that sit at the confluence of Penns Creek and Middle Creek. The namesake for the wine and outfitting businesses is the stunning original stone and beam barn that hosts parties and events. Delicate paper lanterns dangle from the ceiling, and round tables are decked with linens, as if the party is just about to start. “It’s amazing,” says Erdley, “the wine business is a few years out from production, and the outfitting business is slated to open in the spring, and we’re already hosting weddings and have about seven booked for next year. We aren’t even advertising yet!”
It’s easy to see why the Stone Barn Winery and Vineyard is already a hotspot for events even as the vines are just thigh-high. The Erdley’s pride themselves in the special and personal touches that they bring to everything from weddings, to the way they’ve renovated their many historic farm buildings using recycled or repurposed materials. We were even greeted
with a personal “Welcome Susquehanna Greenway” illustration on the giant blackboards scattered about the property.
An old two-story chicken “shack” has been renovated into the future home of Stone Barn Outfitter complete with a deck for lounging and recounting the day’s paddling tales. Starting next spring they’ll offer guided and unguided creek and river trips using the vintage green VW bus as a unique and retro shuttle van. Next on Shane’s massive To-Do list is to add to his fleet of kayaks. Like all his business decisions, that task will be well researched to source kayaks from local dealers or manufacturers, as Erdley says he sees the value of buying locally. “This area and this community in Selinsgrove is so special. My parents are here, my family is here, and I want this business to add value to the area.”
Erdley says his current workforce is mostly his all-volunteer family and close friends, but down the road he’d like to be able to grow the business and provide them with paying, local jobs. “I don’t need to be a rich guy, you know? That’s not what it’s all about for me. I’m back home, I want to invest in my community and share our little piece nature and meet people.
You can visit Stone Barn Winery and Vineyard at 729 Old Route 11 and 15 Road in Selinsgrove.
For Venue information, scheduling a showing, and all wedding questions please call Kim at 570-336-7085.
For Kayak Rental, Sales, Tours and Trips please call Shane at 570-765-8582.
For Information on the Cabins at Rock Bottom and avaliable dates please call Shane at 570-765-8582
You can visit them online and see their renovation photos at their Facebook Page.