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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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Chambourcin

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

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Popular Wineries in Pennsylvania View all

  • Rose Bank Winery

    Located in the heart of historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania and situated on a subdivision of l...

  • Strasburg Cellars, Ltd.

    Taste our family of fine wines, including varietals made from vinifera and hybrid grapes, as well...

  • Fox Ridge Vineyard & Winery

    Fox Ridge Vineyard & Winery is highly regarded in the York Area for producing excellent wines wit...

  • New Hope Winery

    New Hope Winery is a charming wine and gift shop housed in a rustic 18th century barn, located ri...

  • Mt. Nittany Vineyard & Winery

    Nestled high on the southern slopes of Mount Nittany above the historic village of Linden Hall, M...

  • French Creek Ridge Vineyards

    Our way of life demands the relentless pursuit of excellence. We must individually nurture thous...

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Pennsylvania on Snooth

  • 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

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    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

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  • Stonekeep Meadery Chipotle Melomel NV

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  • Stonekeep Meadery Traditional Mead 2012

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