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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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Chambourcin

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

  • 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

  • Clover Mill Farm Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Amoré Winery

    Amoré Winery began in the spring of 2000 with our vineyard. While our vines were maturing, we und...

  • Camas Prairie Winery

    Camas Prairie Winery is a hobby run amok! First, we grew grapes to make wine to please ourselves....

  • Shade Mountain Winery

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

  • Big Creek Vineyard

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

  • Christian W. Klay Winery

    The Christian W. Klay wine collection is available for sale at the Pennsylvania Wine Cellars at t...

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  • Port Cabernet Franc NV


    Potent dark ruby port that may have an oaken scent, but a super sweet almost cherry-like flavour. Despite being wet and sweet initially, there's just the right hint of dry and oak to finish to give it character. Although not a fan of oak nor dry, it's so subtle that I don't mind at all. At 20% ABV, best to sip it slow despite the yearning to... Read More

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  • SMX Slim Forskolin Elite The Eastern Continental Divide follows the Appalachian ... Slim Forskolin Elite from Pennsylvania to Georgia. At a mere 22,349 toes, Nepal's Ama Dablam is nowhere close to the tallest mountain in the vary. It is also the second highest summit in North America, not to mention being recognized as having the biggest base c... Read More

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  • Mount Hope Sangria NV


    Flavourful sangria offering for sangria drinkers. If I'd never seen the label, my impression would be red grapes with pineapple and peach, but this is more of the result of the blend pictured than actual fruit content. Slightly tart, sweet, wet, and tropical. The potency invites ice to the party as a good sangria should. Deep ruby colour, an... Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis

  • Mount Hope Cherry NV


    Character to me is taking a sip and being able to say "I know what this is (where it's from, who made it)" or "this reminds me of when...(insert memory here)." Light red colour with a tint of pinkish orange. Scent is a little musky like a muscadine grape variety. First taste: a little tart, potent, and alcohol-y, but after a few more turns sw... Read More

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  • Mount Hope Plum NV


    Genuine plum taste with a wet finish. The fruit within straddles the line of tart and sweet, so there's no doubt plum is front & center, though I tend to favour the sweets more than tart. Good to see plum wine outside of Japanese Sake with a respectable strength to boot. Read More

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  • Mount Hope Pear NV


    Mt. Hope's offering reminds me most of ripe Bartlett pears: Sweet, a little dry (like the starchy fruit), and a clean finish. I am more of a fan of luscious sweet like a fully ripe Anjou pear, but this mild dinner wine offers a slight bit of fruit and lets the imbiber know that it is indeed wine. Not candy sweet, sophisticated, and with charac... Read More

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  • Mt. Hope Estate & Winery Gewurztraminer NV


    An anomaly, a wine that taste like beer! No fizz, but a hefty wheat-like embodiment that looks like white wine. Puzzling at first, but better than any light ale or IPA. I had no problems reaching for another sip. Powerful though, watch your glass. A good bottle to have in your rotation to break the hum drum of old favourites. Read More

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  • Mt. Hope Estate & Winery Concord 2005


    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

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  • Twin Brook Icebreaker Red NV


    Tart and spicy tasting Read More

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