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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

  • 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...

  • Chambourcin

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

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  • Stargazers Vineyard

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

  • Calvaresi Winery

    Welcome to the Calvaresi Winery Web Site. In addition to being the official winery of Berks Coun...

  • Sand Castle Winery

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

  • Manatawny Creek Winery

    Our family winery is located on our 90-acre farm in Amityville, PA along the banks of the Manataw...

  • Strasburg Cellars, Ltd.

    Taste our family of fine wines, including varietals made from vinifera and hybrid grapes, as well...

  • Amoré Winery

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

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