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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...

  • Merlot

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

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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...

  • Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars

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

  • Kog Hill Winery

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

  • Shade Mountain Winery

    Stucked away in the fertile Susquehanna Valley, our land offers ideal growing conditions for grap...

  • Conneaut Cellars Winery

    Conneaut Cellars Winery is distinguished for its award winning wines. The winery fashions itself ...

  • Mount Hope Wines

    Since 1980, Mount Hope Estate & winery has produced award winning wines for all occasions, even a...

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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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    Wine review by meganeh

  • Stonekeep Meadery Traditional Mead 2012


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    Wine review by meganeh

  • Why is Freemark Abbey even on the list? Is is 1976 again?LOL!  GregT only ... New Mexico, Michigan, and Pennsylvania all found their way into our top 101.All said, I tend to find these "lists" hokey and horrible for the most part.  I guess I can say that I was surprised to find the likes of Scholium and Soliste on the list when they are not re... Read More

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  • When I was in college, you'd drive across the border to Canada to buy beer ... that different from Ohio or Pennsylvania.GregT, you did oversimplify, but for a point.  Here's the other problem with varietal labeling:  It's misleading in the sense that the wine can still be a blend, even for grapes that don't traditionally get blended, like PN. ... Read More

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  • Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery Chambourcin 2005


    I bought this wine up in Carlisle PA back before Christmas. Most of the PA wines I've tasted have come over too sweet, so I had high hopes of this one being different. Unfortunately, it was *very* different, and not in a way I liked. I prefer my wines dry, but salty? Salty is not a flavour I'm expecting in wine, and last I checked this wasn't... Read More

    Wine review by angldst

  • I have been enjoying wine for many years and have taken some classes, even ... ... even ... I am from Central Pennsylvania.  Enjoy dry, full bodies reds and refreshing whites.  Sparklers are also a high point of my week!&nbs Read More

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  • Franklin Hill Vineyards Sir Walter's Red 2006


    My very favorite 100% concord wine. Sweet, but light, smooth and delicious. Read More

    Wine review by kkovs81

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