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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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

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

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Popular Wineries in Pennsylvania View all

  • Kog Hill Winery

    Kog Hill Winery, Winemaking Supplies & Gift Shop was established in 2002. Kog HIll was founded on...

  • Franklin Hill Vineyards

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

  • Amoré Winery

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

  • Marburg Estate Winery

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

  • Rustic Acres Winery

    Chief Vintner Gary Matson, has been working on something unique and special for the people of But...

  • Clover Mill Farm Vineyards & Winery

    We are a small family-run vineyard and winery located in Chester County in southeastern Pennsylv...

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