THE SPICE OF LIFE
Pennsylvania's moderate climate and rolling terrain provides some of the best growing conditions on the East Coast. Here, more than 200 wineries produce a delightful array of wine varieties - perhaps more kinds than any other wine region.
The roster of award-winning Pennsylvania varietals includes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Catawba, Cayuga, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Reisling, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Vignoles - and, yes, even wine made in the Champagne manner!
A LABOR OF LOVE
Pennsylvania's wine industry is growing in both production and reputation. At the heart of it all is the passion of its winery owners. These family-owned agricultural operations create not only a unique offering of wines, but also have developed a special brand of hospitality which is offered to the thousands who visit their wineries each year.
PA WINE FACTS
- 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.
- Pennsylvania is home to the two highest elevation vineyards east of the Rockies.
- The nation's first commercial grapevine nursery was in Montgomery County in southeastern Pennsylvania.
- In addition to selling from the winery, Pennsylvania wineries may have up to five retail outlets; they may sell at festivals and make direct sales to restaurants. All other wine sales in PA are transacted in state-owned shops.
- In just under thirty years, Pennsylvania wineries have increased from 27 to 123. In that same time period, gallons of wine produced has increased from 254,724 to 971,191.