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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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Benigna's Creek Vineyard & Winery

    Our approach to wine making is a combination of science and art. We use science to assure quality...

  • The Winery at Wilcox

    Our winery opened its doors in the summer of 1994, with an inventory of 1100 gallons in eight var...

  • Va La Vineyards

    In 1928 two Pietmontese immigrants, Matteo and Carolina Carozzo, workers in a gun powder factory ...

  • Amoré Winery

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

  • Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars

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

  • Adams County Winery

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

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