Allegro Winery opening retail space in Wrightsville


After doubling its vineyard and opening a retail space in Lancaster earlier this year, Allegro Winery will continue its expansion with another retail space in Wrightsville.

York County's largest vineyard, Allegro, located in Brogue, hopes to open its tasting bar within the John Wright Restaurant building on Monday, pending licensing from the state's liquor control board, owner Carl Helrich said.

Helrich said the idea behind the addition is that patrons who come to the restaurant, at 234 N. Front St., can taste any of Allegro's wines while they wait for a table and purchase a bottle to take into the restaurant.

The winery currently offers about two dozen different wines, ranging from dry to sweet, he said.

Lancaster: The addition is coming on the heels of the grand opening of Strasburg Winery by Allegro during the past weekend in Lancaster. Helrich said the winery, which officially opened July 5, was "slammed" on Saturday, highlighting a "phenomenal weekend" in which the business was able to reach many new customers.

The vineyard in Brogue also recently expanded from 6 acres to 12 acres, with plans to add an additional 4 acres soon, he said.

Helrich has owned Allegro — which has been around for 35 years — since 2001, and he's been working to expand the wine's reach ever since.

The brand is sold in farmer's markets throughout York County and was recently added to several retail stores in Maryland, including Saubel's and Freeland Wine and Spirits.

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