Unique, Thriving Urban Winery Brand Coming to Doylestown

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. – (January 5, 2023) – Waters Edge Wineries®, an innovative urban winery system bringing the cultural experience of wine to communities across the country, today announced it has signed a franchise agreement with Circa 72 Corporation to open its first location in the Keystone State. The newest Waters Edge Winery & Bistro – the brand’s 16th – will debut in downtown Doylestown, Pennsylvania, a growing borough in the heart of Bucks County. It will be owned and operated by Eric Landolfi, who brings extensive hospitality experience, previously operating a family-owned café with his brother. The Doylestown Waters Edge Winery & Bistro will be the franchise’s first location in both Pennsylvania and the Northeast.

“We are thrilled to continue our expansion, especially as we enter a new state, working with a dedicated entrepreneur like Eric, who is enthusiastic about providing a unique wine tasting experience for members of his community,” Ken Lineberger, president, and CEO of Waters Edge Wineries, said. 

A Pennsylvania native, Landolfi worked in the paper and plastic manufacturing business for more than 25 years after graduating from West Chester University. For the past 15 years, he has managed and operated a deli and sandwich shop with his brother in Yardley, Pennsylvania, across from where the brothers grew up visiting their father’s small grocery store and sandwich shop. He was originally attracted to the Waters Edge Wineries franchise system based on the uniqueness of the concept, as well as its solid performance across various territories.

The Doylestown location will offer small plates and tapas with a wide selection of various wines to truly encapsulate an upscale warm wine bar ambience for all patrons. A new production will include a ‘Winemakers Table’ to fit up to 20 guests to receive wine tastings directly from the tanks for deliciously aged wine to be enjoyed with entertainment, light food, and tapas-style appetizers. There will also be an on-site micro-winery, producing in-house wine for tastings and take-home bottles with a customized label. Landolfi’s goal is to appeal to wine novices and wine connoisseurs for all to enjoy. A homebrewer of beer, he has dabbled in distilling his own spirits and is excited about the opportunity to make wine in-house.

“Being Italian, I’ve always enjoyed drinking wine and I look forward to further exploring this passion in a new way,” Landolfi said. “After meeting with Ken and the Waters Edge Wineries team, I immediately knew this concept would offer valuable resources and support as I work to build and grow a profitable local business that answers a definite need, and interest, in our local community.”

Combining elements of the traditional winery experience with the popular wine bar concept, Waters Edge Winery & Bistro locations serve as a lively hub within communities, offering bistro-style artisanal selections of “farm to table” concepts including appetizers, flatbreads, sandwiches, salads and desserts, custom bottle labeling for personalized gifts, private tasting areas for groups, a wine club and more. This gives guests the opportunity to engage intimately with what has historically been a somewhat exclusive lifestyle, limited to select regions. Currently, Waters Edge Wineries can be found throughout California, Illinois, Kentucky, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, and soon-to-be Pennsylvania. Landolfi is looking forward to a spring 2023 grand opening adding his new location to a growing list of regions.

As an emerging franchise concept, the Waters Edge Winery & Bistro model is ideal for entrepreneurs passionate about wine who seek a way to share their love and knowledge without being in the agriculture business. Franchise owners receive comprehensive training on the micro-winery tank system and are provided with pre-opening training courses, both hands-on and classroom based, to help prepare for the launch of their winery. The company also offers social media and marketing support to help franchise owners realize success.

For more information on Waters Edge Wineries or for franchising information, call 909-GOT-WINE, visit WatersEdgeWineries.com or email [email protected].

About Waters Edge Wineries®
California-based Waters Edge Wineries is an innovative urban winery system bringing the cultural experience of wine to communities across the country. Each Waters Edge Winery & Bistro location combines the very best of a winery and wine bar in one versatile model that can be located anywhere, regardless of topography or agricultural factors. Founded in 2004 by husband and wife team Ken and Angela Lineberger, Waters Edge Wineries currently operates 15 Waters Edge Winery & Bistro locations in California, Montana, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company caters to entrepreneurs who are seeking a fun, exciting career where they can share their passion for wine while creating memorable guest experiences. 


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