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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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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Popular Wineries in Pennsylvania View all

  • Buckingham Valley Vineyards

    Buckingham Valley was one of the first wineries started under Pennsylvania’s Farm Winery Act of 1...

  • Adams County Winery

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

  • Long Trout Winery

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

  • Calvaresi Winery

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

  • Kog Hill Winery

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

  • Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery

    Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery is a small, family owned business located in the Lehigh Valley, Pe...

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  • Port Cabernet Franc NV

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    Potent dark ruby port that may have an oaken scent, but a super sweet almost cherry-like flavour. Despite being wet and sweet initially, there's just the right hint of dry and oak to finish to give it character. Although not a fan of oak nor dry, it's so subtle that I don't mind at all. At 20% ABV, best to sip it slow despite the yearning to... Read More

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  • Mount Hope Sangria NV

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    Flavourful sangria offering for sangria drinkers. If I'd never seen the label, my impression would be red grapes with pineapple and peach, but this is more of the result of the blend pictured than actual fruit content. Slightly tart, sweet, wet, and tropical. The potency invites ice to the party as a good sangria should. Deep ruby colour, an... Read More

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  • Mount Hope Cherry NV

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    Character to me is taking a sip and being able to say "I know what this is (where it's from, who made it)" or "this reminds me of when...(insert memory here)." Light red colour with a tint of pinkish orange. Scent is a little musky like a muscadine grape variety. First taste: a little tart, potent, and alcohol-y, but after a few more turns sw... Read More

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