Vineyard & Winery Management

March/April 2013

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Galen Glen Defies the Odds Pennsylvania pioneers turn heads with lesser-known Austrian and German varieties Galen Glen winemaker and co-owner Sarah Troxell is proud to focus on white wines. Photo: Eden Troxell BY DAVID fter a day touring the diversified farm with yet another young, energetic couple with a mind to start a winery, Dr. Carl Haesler, then the Penn State viticulture extension agent, settled down on the patio with a glass of wine from a nearby Lehigh Valley winery and gave Galen and Sarah Troxell some straight talk. 46 V I N E YARD & WINERY MANAGEMENT | Mar - Apr 2013 FALCHEK "You can grow grapes here," he said on that 1994 evening. "But you have to know what you are getting into." He also pointed out that the work is hard, they wouldn't have any free time, and that the business has ended more than one marriage. "He told us we could do it, then tried to talk us out of it," Galen said with a laugh. With more than two decades of vintages to their credit, the Troxells can afford to laugh. Galen, a farm-boy-turned-toolmaker-turned viticulturist, and Sarah, the chemw w w. v w m m e d i a . c o m

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