A Stroudsburg-area winery is undertaking a major expansion which will move it about 2-and-a-half miles down the road with a new wine-making facility and tasting room now under construction.
Randy and Linda Rice, who have run Mountain View Vineyard, Winery and Distillery out of their Jackson Township home the last 10 years, held a groundbreaking last week on the new winery, which will be just up the road in Hamilton Township.
L&K Construction of Pottsville is managing the project to build a 3,500-square-foot wine-making facility and 3,000-square-foot tasting room, which will allow the winery to triple its production of wine and spirits, including brandy, vodka and moonshine.
The added space also will allow room for the Rices to open a bistro restaurant on-site and also to host events such as bridal showers or rehearsal dinners.
With their new, larger winery, the couple said they intend to hire about a dozen more people, doubling staff size, and that won’t be the end of the growth.
Once the new winery is complete, expected by spring, the Rices intend to convert the old winery and tasting room into a microbrewery and beer-tasting room.
In total in the next three years, they expect to add at least another three-dozen employees.
“We have already added several new staff members to get this project moving,” Linda Rice said. “We have also created a lot of work for our local builders with dozens of construction jobs on this project.”
While the Rices won’t start brewing beer until next year, this week they started selling beer from other area microbreweries at the existing winery at 5866 Neola Road in Jackson Township.
Randy Rice noted that the new winery, like their farming operations, will be built with sustainability in mind.
It will have geothermal power, optimal insulation and light-emitting diode lighting, he said.