A Taste of Pennsylvania’s Wine Trails

The state’s moderate climate and rolling terrain provides some of the best growing conditions on the East Coast as more than 300 wineries produce a delightful array of wine varieties. With approximately 14,000 acres of grapes, Pennsylvania ranks 5th nationally in the amount of grapes grown (including juice grapes). The state also ranks 7th in the production of wine and 7th in number of wineries, with many of these wineries part of 10 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

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 200 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

The Erie Wine Trail is approximately 53 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-three 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

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

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 14 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

Worth exploring for name-sake alone, this multi-county wine trail winds through the breathtaking Pennsylvania Wilds. There are 13 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

With nine family-owned wineries on the trail and more to come, this 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 compliment 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

The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is home to eight family owned vineyards and wineries that have brought home the Governor’s Cup numerous times 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. 

Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail
Valleys of the Susquehanna

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 16 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

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 eight unique wineries only minutes apart. In addition to the delicious tastes of southeastern Pennsylvania, visitors 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

Escape the fast pace of the city and savor the experiences at the eight wineries dotted throughout the Pittsburgh suburbs and the scenic region known as the Laurel Highlands. With more than 350 awards collectively, the Laurel Highlands is focused on producing only the highest of quality and locally made wines. 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

The beautiful rolling countryside of Berks County is home to eleven 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
This wine trail may be small, but it offers exciting wine-tasting experiences among five 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.

Visit Mercer County PA Wine Trail
Pennsylvania's Great Lakes Region
The Mercer County PA Wine Trail has seven wineries for groups and individual travelers to enjoy when visiting this charming northwestern PA county. Visit Mercer County PA provides customized itineraries that include 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 Knoggin Cidery and Winery, Nova Cellars Winery, Webb Winery, Wilhelm Winery.

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