Who knew something called “agritourism” could be so much fun? October is the perfect time to visit Pennsylvania wineries and breweries. Sip and savor unique products along one (or more!) of our winery or brewery trails as our vintners and brewmasters celebrate the art of wine- and beer-making.
Explore the unique flavors of a growing wine region along the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail. Located in South Central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland, the trail’s nearly 20 wineries feature friendly tasting rooms, gorgeous countryside and top-quality wines.
Several of the Mason-Dixon wineries can also be found along the new 12-winery Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country trail, which features breathtaking views from award-winning, family-owned wineries situated in the beautiful rolling hills of south-central Pennsylvania.
Or discover your new favorite craft beers on the Susquehanna Ale Trail. From pilsners to porters, brown ales to Belgian ales, the Susquehanna Ale Trail’s seven breweries and brewpubs offers visitors the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the craft beer movement.
The Gettysburg Wine & Fruit Trail offers a bit of something for everyone, pairing the region’s great wineries with the renowned Pennsylvania Fruit Belt. Visitors can visit wineries, farmers markets, orchards and other sites along this scenic drive through the heart of Apple Country – just north of Gettysburg’s historic Civil War battlefields.
Four family-owned vineyards and Stoudt’s Brewing Company welcome visitors to Greater Reading’s Wine & Hops Trail. Each of the four wineries offers a truly fun and distinctive experience, while beer lovers can enjoy a variety of amazing Lagers and Ales at Stoudt’s Brewing Company -- one of America’s pioneering craft breweries. Wine afficionados might want to end their day of wine-making tours and complimentary tastings with a visit to the winedown café & winebar in West Reading to enjoy selections from their vast wine collection while beer lovers can enjoy samplings of hand-crafted recipes at Union Barrel Works Restaurant and Brew Pub’s century-old building in Reamstown or the truly authentic ambiance of an Irish pub at The Ugly Oyster Drafthaus or neighborhood pub at The Speckled Hen Cottage Pub & Alehouse, which are both in Reading. Make your getaway complete with a trip to Greater Reading’s renowned Jimmie Kramer’s Peanut Bar and Restaurant.
Central Pennsylvania’s Groundhog Wine Trail features ten distinctive wineries offering some of the best wines in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Taste the wines, view the scenery and spend the night in a quiet cabin in a state forest or B&B in a quaint town as you scout the trail.
Lago Inn & Winery, a recipient of one of Trip Advisor’s 5-Star Certificate of Excellence Award this year, is located on a 200-year-old estate nestled in the slopes above Pymatuning Lake. Lago Inn & Winery features 11 wines, gourmet cheese plates, bruschetta, wood fired pizzas, indoor/outdoor seating, breathtaking views and live entertainment. No need to worry about driving. Stay for the night – or weekend – at the classic and rustic European farmhouse on site.
Want a real brew pub experience? Visit Voodoo Brewery, a unique pub in downtown Meadville. Its quirky personality is a must-taste: try a “White Magick of the Sun” Belgian-style wheat ale or “Pilzilla,” a "voodooized" blend of Czech, German and Polish pilsners.
Columbia & Montour counties
The Inn at Turkey Hill pays tribute to its barn location with a “Barn Dance Blonde” session beer and also provides a history lesson in a glass with such pours as “Fort Wheeler’s Stronghold Ale” and Yo! Hahn’s Bock! Enjoy the casual atmosphere, minutes from Bloomsburg University.