If you’re in search of a cozy, no-frills wine bar to enjoy your favorite reds and whites, look no further than RAW Urban Winery. The eclectic tasting room flawlessly combines trendy macrame and artistic chandeliers with tasty wine and hard cider. This unique winery deserves a stop on your Pocono beverage trail.
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Here’s What You Need to Know About RAW Urban Winery
RAW Urban Winery, named after the owner’s two sons Rowan and Asher, provides a new take on traditional wineries. The Downtown Stroudsburg tasting room currently offers six housemade wines and four homebrewed hard ciders. Whether you’re strolling the downtown streets or planning the ultimate Eastern Pennsylvania wine tour, RAW deserves a visit during your next trip.
What is an Urban Winery?
By definition, an urban winery is one that grows its grape remotely and transports them to their primary location within city limits to create their wine. Rowan Asher Winery (RAW) sources its fruits from local farmers to create their fabulous wines and ciders just steps from where you taste them.
Much like a microbrewery, an urban winery crafts wine in small batches. This type of winemaking is capable of producing wide ranges of wine (and ciders) because it is not tied to its own grapes in the way a traditional vineyard is.
RAW Winery endearingly lends us a piece of personal history through their wine list. Each of the six carefully crafted wines represents something of importance in the winemakers’ lives.
“Misty Love” is a National Gold Medal Award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon. The full-bodied blend combines Cabernet, Malbec, and Carmenere in an oak barrel for a boldly fruity experience finishing with a little bit of spice.
The “98” Malbec is named for the year the winery owners were wed. The smokey red is the perfect complement to a chilly, Pocono night. It combines hints of leather violet, tobacco, chocolate, and blueberry for a robust “cheers.”
The winery boasts one of the most popular Moscatos in the region along with a crisp Pinot Grigio, a South African Reserve Blend, and special Chianti-like table wine. Stop into either Stroudsburg locations to try them all.
RAW’s Hard Ciders
Hard cider—not quite a wine, not quite a beer. RAW’s hard ciders implement the freshest elements of fruits and florals.
Try the “Indian Head” for an organic mixture of chamomile and apples. Indulge in the “Oaky O’Shea” which is aged in a whiskey barrel and later blended with local syrup. The winery even created their own twist on a traditional copper mug, Moscow Mule with the “Pocono Mule” that combines fresh ginger, lime juice, Pinot Grigio and hard cider—yum.
Restore at The French Manor
After a long day of exploring Stroudsburg, you’ll be ready to unravel in the luxuries of the Jardin suite. The spa-side suite is dripping in details. Enjoy the comforts of an electric fireplace, oversized whirlpool tub, private balcony, and a gorgeous, canopy-style, king-size bed.
Yes, we said spa-side. Complete your trip with a relaxing Le Effleurage massage, a Swedish-style massage that uses long strokes and kneading of the superficial muscles to promote ultimate relaxation. Let us spoil you at The French Manor during your next Pocono Mountains vacation.