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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...

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  • Heritage Wine Cellars

    Heritage Wines was established in 1984 and is situated in the historic village of Marananga, a re...

  • La Casa Narcisi

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

  • Adams County Winery

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

  • French Creek Ridge Vineyards

    Our way of life demands the relentless pursuit of excellence. We must individually nurture thous...

  • Clover Mill Farm Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Calvaresi Winery

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

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  • Mt. Hope Estate & Winery Gewurztraminer NV

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    An anomaly, a wine that taste like beer! No fizz, but a hefty wheat-like embodiment that looks like white wine. Puzzling at first, but better than any light ale or IPA. I had no problems reaching for another sip. Powerful though, watch your glass. A good bottle to have in your rotation to break the hum drum of old favourites. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Mt. Hope Estate & Winery Concord 2005

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    Sweet light dessert wine full of grape flavour absent of any alcohol taste. The effects are still there, so one may need to be careful with its 11% concentration, but the strawberry jam-like preserve should complement just about any fruity or chocolate treat. Still an agreeable delight to imbibe solo, there's no sour, tart or otherwise distrac... Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Twin Brook Icebreaker Red NV

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    Tart and spicy tasting Read More

    Wine review by Dilbretta


  • I attended a wine tasting in Virginia today and ran into two old friends who ... of the current occupant of Pennsylvania Avenue, but instead that of his autocratic counterpart in North Korea and the political infrastructure there to prevent escalation. They fear such hot button issues as Antifa, Russian election interference, Mexican wall, etc... Read More

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  • Few seem to really understand or know, what is really taking place in the ... purchase in New York, Pennsylvania, Montana, Massachusetts and Washington, D.CBear in mind, that production is still limited.                   &nbs Read More

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  • Forwarding address in the US (New York?) I'd imagine. You gotta have ... ... ... looking for someone in Pennsylvania, anyone know anyon Read More

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  • "Stainless steel wasn't even available until the 1960s"Good point ... headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[31]In the beginning stainless steel was sold in the US under different brand names like "Allegheny metal" and "Nirosta steel". Even within the metallurgy industry the eventual name remained unsettled; in 1921 one trade journal was cal... Read More

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  • Your doubt is appropriate, DM.  I agree that it forms the very basis of ... years) as the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test.  Of course there are very few (if any) absolute facts in the biological sciences.  Doubt is always good in science.  I would be very disappointed in the scientific community if Doty's workd  has been r... Read More

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  • Ah, enjoying a relaxing B & B stay while drinking wine.  That is the ... Metro station and over to Pennsylvania Avenue to Tadich Grill where Sandra ordered fried clams and I had the prime rib.  I had better wine on the boat though, so the glass of California Cabernet Sauvignon I had with the meal won't even get a mention.  We barely made it ho... Read More

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  • Mike, any update on the trip? Saw your pics on the Pennsylvania Vine Co. site but no write-up.Re-discovered this post while searching for Sagrantino, as we're having this beauty tonight.Really interesting sagrantino di montefalco from Colpetrone. There's a burst of black licorice coming out of the glass. Loads of ripe dark fruit on the tongue al... Read More

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