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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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Chambourcin

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

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Pennsylvania View all

  • Rustic Acres Winery

    Chief Vintner Gary Matson, has been working on something unique and special for the people of But...

  • Long Trout Winery

    Peace signs, tie dyes and bell bottoms, flower rings of baby's breath and daisies, headbands and ...

  • Sand Castle Winery

    30 feet deep underground wine cellar was blasted, excavated and engineered to provide the foundat...

  • Fox Ridge Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery

    Welcome to Galen Glen Vineyard nestled between the Appalachian and Mahoning mountains, located in...

  • Buckingham Valley Vineyards

    Buckingham Valley was one of the first wineries started under Pennsylvania’s Farm Winery Act of 1...

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