NE PA Wineries’ Collaboration Wins at National and International Competitions

From left: Dan Schreffler of Space Time Mead & Cider Works, and Pete Aiello of Honey Hole Winery with their Double Gold Medal award winning Lavender Mead.

A lavender honey wine (mead) made by Honey Hole Winery in Drums, and Space Time Mead & Cider Works in Dunmore has received medals in three national competitions.  Honey Hole Winery’s/Space Time Mead & Cidery Work’s “Collaboration Lavender Metheglin” received a Double Gold medal and “Best of Class” at the American Wine Society’s (AWS) 2021 Commercial Wine Competition held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.   At the 2021 Mazer Cup International Commercial Mead Competition, the mead took silver in the Semisweet Metheglin (spiced mead) category; and received a bronze medal in the Sweet Metheglin category at the 2021 National Honey Board’s Mead Crafters Competition.

“What is so great about this recognition is that the wine was made from all locally sourced ingredients,” said Pete Aiello of Honey Hole Winery.  “Northeastern Pennsylvania has some wonderful growers and beekeepers!”

“We love working with Honey Hole Winery,” weighed in Dan Schreffler of Space Time Mead & Cider Works.  “Pete has some wonderful ideas and is able to bring together some fantastic growers, like herbs from Graces Lavender Farm in Catawissa; and honey from the Bee Keeper’s Daughter in Plains.  To source ingredients close to home, partner with a friend at a local winery, and receive national recognition, is special.”

Out of 6 collaboration wines, the Lavender Metheglin is the second double gold medal award winning mead! The next collaboration will be released in Spring of 2022 featuring 100% Pennsylvania grown grapes!

Space Time Mead & Cider Works Announces Winner of Label Art Competition

Space Time Mead & Cider Works is pleased to announce Megan Runco of Scranton as the winner of the Third Annual Space Time Mead & Cider Works Label Art Competition. Runco’s piece Fragility in Bloom won both the Judges’ Selection and the People’s Choice Selection out of 16 entries.

The winning artwork. Created using pencil and alcohol inks on yupo paper.

This year’s theme is the “Overview Effect,” which is the shift in perspective that astronauts experience in observing Earth from space. “Many people experienced their own perspectives and priorities shifting because of the global pandemic,” said Dan Schreffler, President/Winemaker of Space Time Mead & Cider Works. “Megan’s work really captured both a different way to view the world and a hope for a better future.”

Runco’s artwork will be featured on the label of a wine named “The Overview Effect.” The style and release date of the wine are yet to be determined. “This artwork needs a special wine worthy of the label Megan created,” added Schreffler.

“I felt very excited and honored to have my art selected to be a part of a great local product,” said Runco. “The work was inspired from the fragile, yet important role flowers and pollination play in the balance of life. I wanted this piece to represent something so important yet quite delicate.”

Dan Schreffler of Space Time Mead & Cider Works presenting $200 check to Brent Guzik, Communications Manager, Everhart Museum.

The competition raised $200, which was donated the Everhart Museum.  “The Everhart Museum is grateful to Space Time Mead & Cider Works for its dedication to promoting and celebrating local artists, as well as for its generous contribution to the Everhart’s mission of educating, inspiring, and enriching our community through natural history, science, art, and humanities,” said Brent Guzik, Everhart Museum communications manager.

Dunmore Winery Announces Finalists for Label Competition

Space Time Mead & Cider Works is sponsoring its 3rd Annual Label Art Competition. Four finalists have been selected from sixteen submissions.

This year’s theme is the “Overview Effect” – a shift in perspective, attributed to astronauts “experiencing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space.  During the past year, many of us had their own shift in perspective and priorities caused by the global pandemic.

“I love the creativity and hard work that went into this year’s entries – from literal interpretations to more abstract.” Says Dan Schreffler.  “Again, it was hard to choose just 4 out of all the entries, and will be even harder to pick just one winner.”

Two prizes will be awards – $250 for the Judges’ Selection and $100 for the People’s Choice Selection.

Online voting is is open now until August 29th. Each vote is $5 with proceeds from the contest going to the Everhart Museum.  

To vote:

Winners will be announced Thursday September 1 at the winery and via traditional and social media outlets.

Spacetime Mead & Cider Works Label Competition

Space Time Mead & Cider Works is sponsoring its 3rd Annual Label Art Competition. All proceeds from the contest will go to the Everhart Museum. Prizes will be given to the winners.

This year’s theme is the “Overview Effect” – a shift in perspective, attributed to astronauts “experiencing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, “hanging in the void”, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere.”

“I found by talking with our customers, vendors, and family that there has been a realignment of priorities as a result of the pandemic and other transformative events that occurred in the past year.” Says Dan Schreffler. “The change in day-to-day interactions, recovering from serious illnesses, accidents, and other losses have forced us to question how we spend our time and challenge us to make positive quality of life changes.”

The competition entry deadline is August 1, 2021. The winner will be announced in August. All official competition rules, forms and dates can be found by visiting

Space Time Mead & Cider Works Pledges 1% of Annual Sales to Environmental Causes

Space Time Mead & Cider Works joined 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate 1% of annual sales to support The Lackawanna River Conservation Association.

“When we started our winery, one of our core principals was to do what we could to protect our natural environment. Afterall, our wine depends on clean air, water, soil and biodiversity”, said Dan Schreffler, President of Space Time Mead & Cider Works. “We could think of no other local organization that has done so much for Lackawanna County’s quality of life by protecting and cleaning up the Lackawanna River and surrounding lands.”

“Currently, only 3% of total philanthropy goes to the environment and, only 5% of that comes from businesses. The planet needs bigger support than this, and our growing network of business members is doing its valuable part to increase giving and support on-the-ground outcomes. We’re excited to welcome Space Time Mead & Cider Works to our global movement,” says Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet. By contributing 1% of their annual sales, thousands of 1% for the Planet members have raised over $265 million to support approved environmental nonprofits around the globe. Nonprofits are approved based on referrals, track record and environmental focus. Thousands of nonprofits worldwide are currently approved.

“The biggest challenge we face in our work of river conservation and watershed stewardship is the lack of locally available funding to match state and federal grants and to help sustain our everyday operations,” said Bernie McGurl, Executive Director of the Lackawanna River Conservation Organization, (LRCA). “Having a dedicated fund like 1% for the Planet and a local business, like Space Time Mead & Cider Works reach out to us can be a real game changer to help advance our mission in the Lackawanna Watershed. We gratefully welcome the support of Space Time and look to their example as an encouragement to other local businesses to join with them in supporting 1% for the Planet and the LRCA.”