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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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Popular Wineries in Pennsylvania View all

  • Marburg Estate Winery

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

  • Conneaut Cellars Winery

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

  • The Winery at Wilcox

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

  • Pickering Winery

    Nestled in the heart of the endless mountains, Pickering Winery is located on Route 187, 5 miles ...

  • Stargazers Vineyard

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

  • Long Trout Winery

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

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