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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...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Pennsylvania View all

  • The Winery at Wilcox

    Our winery opened its doors in the summer of 1994, with an inventory of 1100 gallons in eight var...

  • Fox Ridge Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Birdsong Winery

    We finally have some of our wines available for purchase. First on the market is “She Smiled” fol...

  • Big Creek Vineyard

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

  • Clover Mill Farm Vineyards & Winery

    We are a small family-run vineyard and winery located in Chester County in southeastern Pennsylv...

  • Heritage Wine Cellars

    Heritage Wines was established in 1984 and is situated in the historic village of Marananga, a re...

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  • Few seem to really understand or know, what is really taking place in the ... purchase in New York, Pennsylvania, Montana, Massachusetts and Washington, D.CBear in mind, that production is still limited.                   &nbs Read More

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  • Forwarding address in the US (New York?) I'd imagine. You gotta have ... ... ... looking for someone in Pennsylvania, anyone know anyon Read More

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  • "Stainless steel wasn't even available until the 1960s"Good point ... headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[31]In the beginning stainless steel was sold in the US under different brand names like "Allegheny metal" and "Nirosta steel". Even within the metallurgy industry the eventual name remained unsettled; in 1921 one trade journal was cal... Read More

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  • Your doubt is appropriate, DM.  I agree that it forms the very basis of ... years) as the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test.  Of course there are very few (if any) absolute facts in the biological sciences.  Doubt is always good in science.  I would be very disappointed in the scientific community if Doty's workd  has been r... Read More

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  • Ah, enjoying a relaxing B & B stay while drinking wine.  That is the ... Metro station and over to Pennsylvania Avenue to Tadich Grill where Sandra ordered fried clams and I had the prime rib.  I had better wine on the boat though, so the glass of California Cabernet Sauvignon I had with the meal won't even get a mention.  We barely made it ho... Read More

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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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