Christian W. Klay Winery

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Customer Reviews

216 Ratings

This was a great visit and tour. Definitely worth the time and money.
Susan Z. · June 21, 2016
The tour was very informative and we enjoyed tasting all of the different types of moonshine and wine. They have something for every type of wine drinker.
Dana S. · February 27, 2016
Awesome experience. The workers are so knowledgeable and kind. I had a great time.
Aimee P. · February 22, 2016

What You'll Get


The Deal

  • $35 for a wine and distillery tour for two ($60 value)

Guests receive a souvenir wine and tasting glass. Choose from the following dates:

  • Saturday, February 6
  • Sunday, February 7
  • Friday, February 12
  • Saturday, February 13
  • Sunday, February 14
  • Monday, February 15
  • Friday, February 19
  • Saturday, February 20
  • Sunday, February 21

A unique opportunity for a behind the scenes tour of both a boutique winery and artisan craft distillery.

Start with an informational winery tour and souvenir glass then head over to Ridge Run Distillery to learn more about the distillery’s history and receive a souvenir tasting glass.

Ridge Run Distillery

Located in Chalk Hill, PA near the seat of the Whiskey Rebellion, Ridge Run Distillery produces vodka, moonshine, and brandy using pure spring water and distinct flavors. With a background in winemaking, the owners of Ridge Run are able to produce grape liquors, such as grappa and brandy, of a high quality using grapes grown right across the street. That proximity to their ingredients allows great care to be given to the ingredients from harvest to bottle. Similar care is able to be given to their non-grape products as well. Vodka is made using the famous medicinal waters of the Fayette Springs, un-aged moonshine is made using locally-sourced grains, and whiskey is aged in fresh Pennsylvania oak barrels. From the heart of the whiskey rebellion, through the Ridge Runners (moonshiners) of prohibition, to the micro distillery renaissance sweeping the U.S. today, Ridge Runner Distillery unites the spirit of ingenuity and rebelliousness that distillers had 200 years ago with modern expertise.

The Fine Print


Promotional value expires Feb 21, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Subject to availability. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per household. Valid only for option purchased. Must show up on date and time on the voucher. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Christian W. Klay Winery


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. John developed a successful practice as a cardiothoracic surgeon, while Sharon decided to take the original 1,000 vines on the property to 14,000 vines. In 1997, Fayette County’s first commercial winery opened, named after the Klays’ son, Christian. Distillery owner Christian W. Klay got his feet wet as a second-generation winemaker, learning to grow grapes, make and sell wine from his mother, Sharon. However, he decided to take it a step further and pursue his own passion by making distilled spirits. After a lot of research, Christian was ready to make his passion a reality and so Ridge Runner Distillery was born.

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