ABOUT PENNSYLVANIA WINES

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

Pennsylania'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.

To learn more about our wine regions, download our wine guide here.

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.