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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...

  • 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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  • Amoré Winery

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

  • Franklin Hill Vineyards

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

  • La Casa Narcisi

    Our winery is located just 10 miles north of Pittsburgh in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. The winery is ...

  • Flickerwood Wine Cellars

    The most wonderful thing about Flickerwood Wine Cellars is that it is an entirely family built an...

  • Long Trout Winery

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

  • Pinnacle Ridge

    Pinnacle Ridge Winery, situated in the heart of idyllic "Pennsylvania Dutch Country," is located ...

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