Summer is the perfect time to visit Pennsylvania Wineries and Breweries. Stop by individual businesses owned by respected vintners and brewmasters, or better yet, savor a variety of unique products along one of our popular winery or ale trails.
Check out a few highlights below, organized by region.
PHILADELPHIA & THE COUNTRYSIDE
Tenfamily-owned Wineries pepper the Bucks County Wine Trail, just north of Philadelphia. Buckingham Valley Vineyards in Buckingham is one of the state’s first farm Wineries, while Rose Bank Winery in Newtown is known for its Southdown Babydoll sheep, lush pastures, and delicious American fruit wines.
Venture to nearby Montgomery County to continue the exceptional wine-tasting experiences. Sign up for classes on growing, harvesting, and processing grapes at Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow Winery in Lansdale; or take in idyllic vistas of Perkiomen Creek at Country Creek Winery in Telford, housed in an 1850s-era dairy barn.
Listed as one of Frommer’s “14 Best Places to Drink Beer,” Philadelphia overflows with places to grab a tasty pint. The area’s Breweries vary in size, from major producers like Victory Brewing Company and Yards Brewing Company to newer microBreweries like Tired Hands Brew Cafe and Forest & Main Brewery & Pub. Check out Philadelphia’s beer-lovers guide to learn more.
DUTCH COUNTRY ROADS
Explore the unique flavors of a blossoming wine region along the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail. Located in south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland, the trail’s nearly 14 Wineries boast friendly tasting rooms and gorgeous countryside. Wineries include Allegro Winery in Brogue, Thunder Ridge Vineyards in Spring Grove, and Mount Hope Winery in Manheim.
The Adams County Pour Tour allows visitors to taste wines, ciders, spirits, meads, and craft brews found throughout the Adams County countryside. Grab a passport and trail map to earn some unique stamps from Adams County partners. The grand prize is a getaway trip to historic Gettysburg!
Meanwhile, Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country's 15 award-winning, family-owned Wineries offer incredible views of central Pennsylvania’s beautiful rolling hills. The Wineries have perfected a wide variety of handcrafted white, red, and blush wines and are conveniently surrounded by a variety of restaurants, hotels, and attractions.
The Susquehanna Ale Trail has 15 Breweries and brewpubs that offer a mix of drafts, from pilsners and Belgian ales to stouts and porters. Stops include Lancaster Brewing Company – where locally harvested produce adds homegrown essence to offerings like the Shoo-Fly Pie Porter– and Bube’s Brewery in Mount Joy, an 1870s-era building where patrons descend 43 feet into the stone-lined vaults of its catacombs.
Farther west in Cumberland Valley, historic downtown Carlisle is a fitting backdrop for Molly Pitcher Brewing Company, named after a Pennsylvania woman rumored to have fought in the American Revolution. Try the Redcoat ESB orUprising.
Taste Troegs Brewing Company’s Sunshine Pils and find out why the Harrisburg beer maker was recognized by the Brewers Association in 2019 as one of the 20 best craft Breweries in the nation. The company was also named among the top five brewery tours in the United States by USA Today readers, earning them the 2019 Readers' Choice Award.
Wine, Beer & More
Greater Reading’s Wine & Hops Trail has two Breweries, two bars, and six Wineries and wine bars, with each locale offering its own distinctive experience. Stoudt’s Brewing Company in Adamstown is lauded as Pennsylvania’s first craft brewery, Union Barrel Works in Reamstown is housed in an old garment factory, and Setter Ridge Vineyards in Kutztown encourages visitors to enjoy a drive through their 20 acres of vines or sit outside on their tasting pavilion to see gorgeous views of the Blue Mountains.
VALLEYS OF THE SUSQUEHANNA
Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail features more than a dozen Wineries located along the Susquehanna and Juniata rivers. Reserve a comfy room at Brookmere’s Winery and Vineyard Inn to stay in the center of the vino-infused area and spend the weekend sipping award-winning pinot noirs, Rieslings, Chambourcins, merlots, and fruit wines. Stops along the route include Buddy Boy Winery in Duncannon, Armstrong Valley Winery in Halifax, and Spyglass Ridge Winery in Sunbury.
PENNSYLVANIA’S GREAT LAKES
Conneaut Cellars Winery & Distillery Conneaut Lake has several award-winning wines to sample, including the aromatic Allegheny Gold, semi-sweet Pymatuning Rose, and oak-aged cabernet sauvignon. More Wineries in Crawford and Mercer counties to add to your itinerary include Knockin Noggin Cidery and Winery in Volant, and Wilhelm Winery in Hadley.
The Lake Erie Ale Trail includes 11 Erie Breweries: Erie Brewing Company, The Brewerie at Union Station, Lavery Brewing, Erie Ale Works, Voodoo Brewing Company, Timbercreek Tap & Table, Sprague Farm & Brew Works, Orr’s Brewing Company, Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing, Black Monk Brewery, and Arundel Cellars and Brewing Company – all conveniently located in the city’s downtown area. Thirsty patrons are encouraged to savor a unique brew at each.
PITTSBURGH AND ITS COUNTRYSIDE
In Armstrong County, sip a glass of vino at Foxburg Wine Cellars while overlooking the Allegheny River. If you’re looking for a “moment in Italy”, then make your way to La Casa Narcisi Winery, north of Pittsburgh, for complimentary tastings, picnicking, a gift shop, and live music.
PA Brew Tours’ Pittsburgh Brewery Tour is a fun way to sip your way through the city’s best Breweries. Stops include Penn Brewery, East End Brewing Company, and Church Brew Works, where the restored St. John the Baptist Church serves as the backdrop for a casual gastropub.
ShuBrew, located in the town of Zelienople just north of Pittsburgh, produces one-of-a-kind flavors. Expect beers taken up a notch with ingredients like rosemary and orange blossom honey and creatively named selections like the ShuBurgerand Oinker Nachos.
Those enjoying the Pocono Mountains’ outdoor playground have many options for refreshing beverage stops. Nestled at the base of the Appalachian Mountains, Sorrenti’s Cherry Valley Vineyards in Saylorsburg offers peaceful vistas and award-winning wines made with locally grown French hybrid grapes. For something a bit stronger, go for the Apple Pie Shine at Mountain View Vineyard in Stroudsburg, a winery and distillery.
The Gem & Keystone Brewpub in Shawnee-on-Delaware serves artisan ales and lagers lovingly produced next door at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. Be sure to bring your appetite and enjoy the brewpub’s delicious menu, boasting dishes made with local produce, natural meats, and ingredients from its private farm.
An official American Viticultural Area, Lehigh Valley is a premier grape-growing region in Pennsylvania. The Chambourcin grape is the official wine crop of the area and is produced by all eight vineyards on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail. Highlights include Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars in New Tripoli, Galen Glen Winery in Andreas, and Franklin Hill Vineyards in Bangor.
The Lehigh Valley Ale Trail leads visitors to Breweries, as well as bars and distilleries. Enjoy a menu influenced by Pennsylvania Dutch specialties at Fegley’s Brew Works, which has locations in Bethlehem and Allentown (the Pork ‘N Kraut is an excellent salty-satisfying complement to any brew).
Wine, Beer & More
With 12 participating destinations, the Central PA Tasting Trail satisfies craft-beverage lovers of all kinds. Taste gin, rum, vodka, or whiskey at Bellefonte’s Big Spring Spirits, stop at Happy Valley Beer Company in State College for a pint of the perfectly hoppy Kenny Walker session IPA, or schedule a coveted tour and tasting at Seven Mountains Wine Cellars.
Central Pennsylvania’s Groundhog Wine Trail has 14 distinctive Wineries, many of which feature ambiances inspired by the beauty of the surrounding woodlands. Cruise winding country roads, explore the nearby forest, and spend the night in a charming B&B or quiet cabin.
The enchantment of the Allegheny National Forest surrounds Flickerwood Wine Cellars in Kane, where a selection of 30 wines and a welcoming country atmosphere await tasters, and Allegheny Cellars Winery in Sheffield, which gets inspiration for its bottle labels from the area’s flora and fauna.
Get the ultimate PA Wilds experience at Benezette Wines in St. Marys, located at the gateway to the largest elk herd east of the Mississippi. Catch a glimpse of the majestic creatures from Elk Mountain’s deck overlooking the valley below.
Also in St. Marys, Straub Brewery has quenched the thirst of brew devotees since the late 1800s and still upholds the brewing traditions of founder Peter Straub. After taking a free tour of the facility (reservations are required), enjoy a complimentary cold one from the Straub Eternal Tap.
The Endless Mountains Wine Trail highlights 12 Wineries in northwest Pennsylvania, many of which are located along or within a few miles of the PA Route 6 corridor. Stop at Nimble Hill Tasting Room in Tunkhannock for some sips of their prized Riesling or Vidal Blanc, or visit Winterland Winery in Dushore for exquisite wines for every taste.
With a city named Hop Bottom, it’s no surprise that many brewers have made a home in the Endless Mountains. Endless Brewing in Montrose uses locally grown produce and hops to flavor delights like the Stone Crop Maple Amber and Chocolate Cherry Stout.
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