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Legend has it that state (OK, technically it was just a province back then) founder William Penn planted the first vinifera vines on his property in the 1680s. While others continued to produce wine, it was mostly for personal consumption. In the 1790s, the state’s first commercial vineyard, Pennsylvania Vine Company, was established by French entrepreneur Peter Legaux. But European varietals never grew successfully in the Northeast during this time, susceptible to uncontrollable disease and rot. The Prohibition and Depression didn’t help. Finally, in 1968, the Pennsylvania Limited Winery Act was enacted to encourage wine-making. 
However, the quality of those early wines, produced from local labrusca such as Cayuga, Niagara, and Concord, could never rival quality California wines. Demand for European varietals and modern innovations in horticulture have inspired growing more popular grapes. Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc in particular fare well in Pennsylvania&rsquo Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Pennsylvania View all

  • Chambourcin

    Little is known about the exact parentage of Chambourcin. It was a hybrid developed by Joannes Seibel in the Loire Va...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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Popular Wineries in Pennsylvania View all

  • Benigna's Creek Vineyard & Winery

    Our approach to wine making is a combination of science and art. We use science to assure quality...

  • Presque Isle Wine Cellars

    Owners: Marc Boettcher, Lauri Boettcher, Marlene Moorhead, Doug Moorhead We have been in the bus...

  • Big Creek Vineyard

    Our family vineyard is located in Kresgeville, Pennsylvania on the southern face of the Pocono es...

  • Sand Castle Winery

    30 feet deep underground wine cellar was blasted, excavated and engineered to provide the foundat...

  • Tamanend

    Tamanend Winery is owned and operated by Linda Jones McKee and Richard Carey. The winery is named...

  • Stargazers Vineyard

    The Vineyard is near the "Stargazers Stone" which marks the location of the observatory Mason and...

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  • Mike, any update on the trip? Saw your pics on the Pennsylvania Vine Co. site but no write-up.Re-discovered this post while searching for Sagrantino, as we're having this beauty tonight.Really interesting sagrantino di montefalco from Colpetrone. There's a burst of black licorice coming out of the glass. Loads of ripe dark fruit on the tongue al... Read More

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  • Welcome to this forum. We have people from all over the world on here [even Pennsylvania ] I, myself, am a Londoner Read More

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  • Hi,I'm now drinking wine for my health, though good wine is something ... ... ... happening near me.  Pennsylvania is an odd state regarding the merchandising of wine.  Even now, this is being debated in the state legislature.Thanks for allowing me to introduce myself and my interes Read More

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  • Allegro Vineyards Riesling 2007


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  • Nissley Vineyards White Blend Lancaster Valley Rhapsody In Blue 2007


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  • Nissley Vineyards Apple 2006


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  • Made a quick jaunt out to Bucks County wine country here on the east side of ... couple wines with the "Pennsylvania" designation, and I found enough intrigue in one of them to take one home, a 2013 Chambourcin Reserve. Vintage declared, Pennsylvanian grapes, and an interesting variety I've never tried.&nbs Read More

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  • Thanks for the comments, OT.  Very interesting.Pennsylvania wines, Jon?  Now who's doing God's work?   ;-)No pic, but I just opened 2003 Girarard Artistry--a terrific wine.  Best I've had in quite a while.  Fairly soft Bordeaux Blend that shows sweet fruit on entry, but still has firm acid and tannin.  This is one time when I wish I had more. Read More

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  • Galen Glen Vineyard and Winery Gruner Veltliner Blanc NV


    Deliciously light, fresh and grassy with crisp white grapefruit undertones. Made from our "young vines", its easy to pair with a wide array of foods. Read More

    Wine review by Dilbretta

  • Stonekeep Meadery Chipotle Melomel NV


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