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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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Amoré Winery

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

  • Oak Spring Winery

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

  • Shade Mountain Winery

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

  • Adams County Winery

    Adams County Winery, which first began operation in 1978, is a small farm winery located in Adams...

  • Antler Ridge Winery

    Antler Ridge has a simple philosophy: Create the best wines and offer them at a fair price whil...

  • Conneaut Cellars Winery

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

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