The Keystone State knows wine. Perhaps it’s because we’ve been at it a long time, starting with the vineyard our founder and namesake William Penn planted on his estate 335 years ago. Or maybe it’s our moderate climate, rich soil, and rolling terrain, which offer some of the best growing conditions on the East Coast. But whatever the reason, our passionate winemasters invite you to stop in and sample some of their finest creations — from tannic, elegant reds to sparkling, mineral-driven whites and fragrant, fruit-filled table wines.
Seven Mountains Wine Cellars
Spend a relaxing day at Seven Mountains Wine Cellars in Spring Mills. You’ll enjoy some fine wine and food pairings while soaking in beautiful views of Pennsylvania’s fall foliage. The winery offers a wide selection of dry reds, dry and semi-dry whites, sweet and savory dessert wines, and even a bit of the bubbly, with its Black Tie sparkling champagne. Be sure to try the Double Gold award-winning Cranberry wine — a definite fall favorite.
Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery
Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery in State College prides itself on true “farm-to-bottle” winemaking with 90 percent of its delectable wines produced from grapes grown onsite. Enjoy dry fruity whites, oaky full-bodied reds, and everyone's favorite: Appalachia Red — a sweet blend. In keeping with the season, you’ll want to try Autumn Wood — a dry wine aged on American Oak and the perfect accompaniment to any fall evening.
Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery
Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery in Centre Hall invites you to stroll through their beautiful mountainside vineyards with breathtaking views of Tussey Mountain. Enjoy complimentary tastings of some of their award-winning wines, including the Geisenheim, a “Best of Category” award winner at the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) Wine Competition. To make sure you’re toasting fall properly in the evenings ahead, plan to bring home a few bottles of their award-winning German Eiswein-style Autumn Nectar, or snag a bottle or two of their Spiced Apple, especially delicious when sipped mulled and hot on brisk evenings near a crackling fire.
Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow Winery
Looking for some novel flavored wines to shake up your taste buds? Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow Winery in Lansdale suggests the truly adventurous taste its hot Jalapeńo wine, which boasts a gentle, citrus-tinged heat that you’ll feel all the way down, but won’t make you reach for the milk. Or try the vineyard’s fun and fruity Cupuacu, with its bubble gum aroma, banana flavor, and pineapple finish. You can sample each of the winery’s nearly 20 traditional red, white, and port wines, 14 largely seasonal “country wines,” and three mouthwatering meads for $30 and score a souvenir glass.
Tuscarora Mountain Winery
The owners of Tuscarora Mountain Winery in Chambersburg definitely have a flair for the creative when it comes to both the crafting and naming of their award-winning wine creations fan favorites include True Bliss, Rifleman Red, Much Love, Happy Birthday, Ice Break, Under the Mistletoe, and 1864 Burning of Chambersburg. Their Granny Smith Apple wine pairs nicely with the fall apple season!
The Winery at Wilcox
Nestled in the mountains of the Allegheny National Forest in Wilcox, The Winery at Wilcox offers some of the most spectacular fall leaf-peeping you’ll find anywhere, as well as an entire slate of national and international award-winning wines you just have to try. The winery’s aptly named Autumn Leaves is perfect on its own or heated with sugar and spices as a mulled wine to enjoy on those cool fall nights.
Greendance - The Winery at Sand Hill
You’ll want to spend a full day at Greendance - The Winery at Sand Hill in Mount Pleasant to sit, sip, and enjoy the warm sun and gentle autumn breezes of this working farm and winery. For starters, they offer a full repertoire of over 40 wines, free for tasting every day, including innovative fruit sparkling wines, ports, full-bodied reds, and almost a dozen whites, as well as sweeter, lower alcohol wines. Visit the gardens, explore their orchards, and enjoy a delicious meal from The Cabin, the winery’s onsite restaurant, and live music on weekends in October.
Sorrenti’s Cherry Valley Vineyards
Sorrenti’s Cherry Valley Vineyards in Saylorsburg offers a feast for the eyes and palate. Next to the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge, the winery boasts some of the most breathtaking grounds you’ll find in the area and wines created and steeped in the traditions of the Sorrenti family’s Italian heritage. Here you’ll find well-known varietals, including Merlot, Cabernet, and Pinot Grigio, as well as a variety of fruit wines and carbonated Spumantes for those who like it sweet. Afterwards, enjoy a meal at Mamma Lucia's Pizzeria, which offers close to 25 delectable pizzas and a wide range of other delectable Italian items with all the sauces infused with Sorrenti Wines.
Armstrong Valley Winery
Wine is often enjoyed best with a side of history. Set on the grounds of Robert Armstrong’s 1769 homestead, the Armstrong Valley Winery in Halifax invites you to try some of their 40 or so wines that range from dry to sweet, with a host of flavors in between. Take a tour of their historic property, given to Armstrong by William Penn, with its many original buildings and outbuildings. Try the Afternoon Delight, which is a sinfully delicious blend of sweet strawberry wine and dark chocolate, or sip on the award-winning apple wine for a true taste of fall.
Galen Glen Winery
When a chemist and an engineer come together to transform their family’s sixth-generation farm to a vineyard, the result is some of the finest Grüner Veltliner wine you’ll find anywhere. The wines created and produced at Galen Glen Winery in Andreas have won numerous awards both nationally and internationally. While their focus is on Germanic varieties, they offer many other types of reds, whites, rosés, and dessert wines — and a beautiful setting.
Yori Wine Cellars
The proverbial new kid on the block, Yori Wine Cellars in North East (the town, not the direction) offers spectacular views of a slightly different kind with the tasting room in the beautiful stone cellar of the owners’ century-old home. Their more than 20 different wines, including dry, semi-dry, and sweet red and white wines, and the apple-flavored Isabella — their signature blush —all are carefully crafted from grapes grown on the home farm. Find your favorite to enjoy with your meal at their adjoining Italian restaurant for that perfect pairing.
Shade Mountain Vineyards & Winery
Pack a picnic lunch, then make your way to Shade Mountain Vineyards & Winery in Middleburg where you can sample their full line of more than 50 wines in a 19th century barn, including fall favorites Smokehouse Apple, Spiced Pumpkin, and Country Spice Apple wines. Then enjoy lunch with your favorite Shade Mountain selection, marveling at spectacular views of the vineyards nestled in the foothills of Shade Mountain from their beautiful deck.
With close to 300 wineries throughout the state, you’re never far from some locally produced great wines. To learn more about the wineries we have in Pennsylvania, check out the visitPA website. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on even more great ideas and places to visit around our state. Don’t forget to sign up for our monthly Happy Thoughts e-newsletter so you never miss an update!