Tom Carroll, Jr. is the vintner at
Crossing Vineyards and Winery. He is also one of its principals
and founders. His lifelong dream has been to create a vineyard
on the historic property where he spent his childhood. His goal
is to produce handcrafted wines which embrace the regional terroir.
His signature is quality.
Tom Carroll Jr. in the Barrel Room at Crossing Vineyards & Winery
Tom was born in 1975 and was educated at Chapin School and Princeton
Day School in Princeton New Jersey. He obtained a double degree
in English and Film from Vassar College in 1997 and spent three
years in California self-educating in viticulture and enology.
He returned to his roots and partnered with his parents to establish
first the vineyard and then the winery in 2000. “We are willing
to work very hard to establish a regional identity for Pennsylvania
wines,” says Carroll. “Our French Hybrids and Vinifera
are different from California’s, not inferior. I have no
interest in imitating the mass-produced, mass-marketed California
One of the Carroll's priorities is wine education. Currently offered at
Crossing Vineyards and Winery are the following:
Wine Tasting for Dummies: Instructor Tom Carroll Sr. teaches the basics
of wine appreciation. No wine snobs allowed! These sessions fill up
quickly. Book early.
Wine Tasting in Riedel Crystal: Learn how a properly shaped glass can enhance wine enjoyment. Workshop price
includes a tasting set with four Riedel Vinum glasses and offers participants a 20% discount on Riedel purchases. This class is a great value. Offered several
times a year. Call for details.
Wine 101: A semester-long course taught by French sommelier Eric Cavatore. Includes behind the scenes vineyard and
winery access. Takes students from a basic understanding of viticulture
and winemaking through the principles of food and wine pairing.
Workshops and Winemaker's Dinners featuring state and local wine
experts including: State Enologist Stephen Menke, State Winegrape Agent Mark
Chien, Wine Enthusiast's Man of the Year Jonathan Newman, local physician and
wine expert David Mino.
Check the Events section of the website calendar for dates, times and topics.