Types of Wine Produced in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's variable, but moderate climate and rolling terrain provides some of the best grape growing conditions on the east coast, making it well suited to a wide range of grape varieties. The roster of award-winning Pennsylvania varietals includes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Catawba, Cayuga, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Reisling, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Vignoles - and, yes, even wine made in the Champagne manner!
Pennsylvania Wineries & Wine Trails
Looking to visit several wineries within a day? Pennsylvania has several great wine trails to explore. What's a wine trail, you ask? It's a group of wineries located in proximity to one another which work together to promote their specific locations through special events and activities. Although the wineries are along trails, you dont hike, you drive from location to location. Most wine trail wineries feature barrel tastings, new wine introductions and special events.
Western Pennsylvania Wineries & Wine Trails
Best Time to Visit Pennsylvania Wineries
Grape harvest season in Pennsylvania begins about mid-August and ends about mid-October (which is also prime fall foliage season in the state). The actual harvest time depends on the grape variety and location of the vineyard. Most vineyards in the state offer tours and tastings year-round, but late summer to mid-fall is the best time to visit most Pennsylvania wineries and experience a "taste" of the wine making process.
Where to Purchase Pennsylvania Wines
Pennsylvania wines can be purchased at the wineries which produce them, as well as at any satellite stores operated by the winery. Many Pennsylvania wineries also offer their wines for sale via their Web site, although state law doesn't allow them to ship outside of Pennsylvania. If you're a PA resident, however, you can order Pennsylvania-produced wines directly from the winery and save yourself the 18 percent "Johnstown Flood" alcohol tax. Many Pennsylvania produced wines are also available through state-operated Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Wine & Spirits stores.