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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

  • Strasburg Cellars, Ltd.

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

  • Kog Hill Winery

    Kog Hill Winery, Winemaking Supplies & Gift Shop was established in 2002. Kog HIll was founded on...

  • Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars

    Joe and Vickie would like to raise a glass with you at their Blue Mountain Vineyards. For over 23...

  • Birdsong Winery

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

  • Tamanend

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

  • Pickering Winery

    Nestled in the heart of the endless mountains, Pickering Winery is located on Route 187, 5 miles ...

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  • Mt. Hope Estate & Winery Concord 2005

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    Sweet light dessert wine full of grape flavour absent of any alcohol taste. The effects are still there, so one may need to be careful with its 11% concentration, but the strawberry jam-like preserve should complement just about any fruity or chocolate treat. Still an agreeable delight to imbibe solo, there's no sour, tart or otherwise distrac... Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Twin Brook Icebreaker Red NV

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    Tart and spicy tasting Read More

    Wine review by Dilbretta


  • I attended a wine tasting in Virginia today and ran into two old friends who ... of the current occupant of Pennsylvania Avenue, but instead that of his autocratic counterpart in North Korea and the political infrastructure there to prevent escalation. They fear such hot button issues as Antifa, Russian election interference, Mexican wall, etc... Read More

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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

    Forum post in the topic ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE....no...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • 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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