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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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Chaddsford Winery

    Chaddsford Winery, located in the Atlantic Uplands district, is among a handful of wineries in th...

  • Stargazers Vineyard

    The Vineyard is near the "Stargazers Stone" which marks the location of the observatory Mason and...

  • Oak Spring Winery

    Nestled in the picturesque mountains of Central Pennsylvania Oak Spring Winery was founded in 198...

  • Franklin Hill Vineyards

    The vineyard at Franklin Hill is now one of the oldest in the state. Virtually all of our experim...

  • Paradocx Vineyard

    Paradocx Vineyard, nestled among the rolling hills of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, comb...

  • Marburg Estate Winery

    The name Marburg Estate derives from the Hamlet of Marburg, which has rested beneath the waters ...

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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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  • 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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