A Taste of Pennsylvania’s Wine Trails

The state’s moderate climate and rolling terrain provide some of the best growing conditions on the East Coast, with more than 200 wineries producing a myriad of wine varieties sure to please any palate. With approximately 14,000 acres of grapes, Pennsylvania ranks 5th nationally in the amount of grapes grown (including juice grapes). The state also ranks in the top 10 both for the production of wine and in the number of wineries, with many of these wineries part of more than 12 organized wine trails that wind throughout the state. For more information about Pennsylvania wine, visit www.pennsylvaniawine.com.

 

Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country - Dutch Country Roads

www.hersheyharrisburgwinecountry.com
The newest addition to the Pennsylvania wine scene, Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country, opened its trail to travelers in spring 2012. Guests are invited to take in the breathtaking views from 15 award-winning, family-owned wineries situated in the heart of the state’s beautiful rolling hills. Boasting more than 250 handcrafted white, red, and blush wines, the trail is sure to meet all travelers’ tastes, and is conveniently located just minutes away from Hershey, the Sweetest Place on Earth, and the state capital of Harrisburg.

 

Lake Erie Wine Region - Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region  

www.lakeeriewinecountry.org
The Erie Wine Trail is approximately 50 miles long and runs amidst 30,000 acres of vineyards along Lake Erie in western New York and Pennsylvania in “America’s Grape Country.”The well-drained, gravel-loam soils and the moderating effect of the lake on spring and fall temperatures combine to create the perfect growing environment for healthy vineyards and premium wines. Twenty-four wineries produce award-winning wines, including vinifera, ice wines, fruit wines, and specialty wines, such as brandies and ports.

 

Brandywine Wine Trail - Philadelphia and the Countryside

www.bvwinetrail.com
Located in the hills of southern Chester County, the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail was formed in 2003 as the dream of local wineries united by their common terrain, and by the excitement for the unique and distinctive regional wines that this small area had started to produce. The vineyards are nestled in an unusual microclimate that exists in the narrow region between the great river basins of the Chesapeake and the Delaware River, with easy access to the cities of Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Baltimore.

 

Mason-Dixon Wine Trail - Dutch Country Roads

www.masondixonwinetrail.com
The rolling hills and rustic landscapes wine lovers encounter during their journey are a great complement to the delicious home-grown vintages of the winemakers along the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail. Nestled in the scenic heart of Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country Roads Region, the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail features more than 20 family-owned wineries in the York, Lancaster, Gettysburg, and Harrisburg area. From some of the area’s best known vineyards to newly emerging vintners, each stop on the trail provides a unique experience sure to please any palate.

 

Groundhog Wine Trail - Pennsylvania Wilds

www.groundhogwinetrail.com
Worth exploring for name-sake alone, this multi-county wine trail winds through the breathtaking Pennsylvania Wilds. There are 16 wineries on the trail and each stop is sure to surprise wine connoisseurs as they explore the backdrop of the Pennsylvania Wilds' extensive forests and rustic lodging like the cabins of Wapiti Woods.

 

Endless Mountains Wine Trail - Upstate PA

http://www.endlessmountains.org/
With nine family-owned wineries on the trail and more to come, this up-and-coming wine trail is situated in historic northeastern Pennsylvania. The wineries that you will find along the way specialize in all types of award-winning wines. You will find dry, semi-dry and sweet wines at most locations and many of the wineries have gift shops to complement your experience. Between winery stops, be sure to visit Steamtown National Historic Site and the Marie Antoinette Lookout, offering spectacular views of the Endless Mountains and the Susquehanna River.

 

Lehigh Valley Wine Trail  - Lehigh Valley

www.lehighvalleywinetrail.com
The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is home to nine family owned vineyards and wineries that have brought home the Governor’s Cup for nine out of the last 10 years and won countless regional, state, national, and international awards, including more than 50 for wines made from Chambourcin, its signature grape. Designated an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2008, the Lehigh Valley is Pennsylvania’s fastest growing wine region. The fertile farmlands of the area provide an ideal growing environment, and the area's location makes the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail an easy escape for wine lovers.

 

Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail - Valleys of the Susquehanna 

www.pawinetrail.com
Located in the heart of the beautiful Susquehanna and Juniata River Valleys Central, the local climate supports not only the growth of hardy native grapes and premium hybrids, but also more delicate varieties such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir. Highlights of the 13 wineries along the trail include Benigna's Creek in Klingerstown, situated at the highest point in the Mahantango Valley; Brookmere in Belleville, housed in a 19th century stone and wood barn; and Mount Nittany in Centre Hall, a five-acre vineyard that produces seven award-winning varieties.

 

Bucks County Wine Trail - Philadelphia and the Countryside

www.buckscountywinetrail.com
The gentle rolling hills, deep well-drained soils, and moderate climate combine to make Bucks County one of the premier grape growing regions of the East Coast. Located throughout the Delaware Valley, the trail is home to nine wineries only minutes apart.  In addition to the delicious tastes of southeastern Pennsylvania, visitors also can experience iconic sites like the spot where George Washington crossed the Delaware River and the estate originally owned by Pennsylvania founder, William Penn. 

 

Southwest Passage Wine Trail - Laurel Highlands

www.southwestpassagewinetrail.com
Escape the fast pace of the city and savor the experiences at the seven wineries dotted throughout the Pittsburgh suburbs and the scenic region known as the Laurel Highlands. Popular tourist destinations like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and the stunning Nemacolin Resort are only a short drive away to make a long weekend memorable.

 

Berks County Wine Trail - Dutch Country Roads

www.berkscountywinetrail.com
The beautiful rolling countryside of Berks County is home to eight family-owned and award-winning wineries producing a range of wine styles from sparkling wine to dry table wines to sweet dessert wines. Come visit unique tasting rooms located in everything from basements to restored barns to elegant gift shops.

 

Montgomery County Wine Trail - Philadelphia and the Countryside

www.montgomerycountywinetrail.com
This wine trail may be small, but it offers exciting wine-tasting experiences among three wineries. From jalapeno wine at Cardinal Hollow Winery to a dry Cabernet Franc Reserve at Crossings Vineyard, there's plenty to enjoy.The trail intersects with the Bucks County Wine Trail, allowing wine lovers to indulge in even more of the Philadelphia region's finest wines.

 

VisitMercerCountyPA Wine Trail – Pennsylvania's Great Lakes Region 

www.visitmercercountypa.com/Wineries-In-Mercer-County-PA.htm
The Mercer County PA Wine Trail is off to a great start with eight wineries for groups and individual travelers to enjoy when visiting this charming northwestern PA county.  VisitMercerCountyPA provides customized itineraries that include at least three stops on the wine trail. Featured in each itinerary are tastings, a production tour, snacks, and a distinctive meal and entertainment at one of the stops. The Mercer County PA Wine Trail travels along beautiful lakes and scenic countryside. Partners include Conneaut Cellars Winery & Distillery, Fractured Grape Wine Cellars, Knockin Noggin Cidery and Winery, Lago Winery, Nova Cellars Winery, Webb Winery, Wilhelm Winery.