Among other historic firsts, Pennsylvania is the site of America's first commercial vineyard the Pennsylvania Vine Company established in 1793 along the Schuykill River at Spring Mill.
Today, with approximately 14,000 acres of grapes, Pennsylvania ranks 4th nationally in the amount of grapes grown (including juice grapes) and boasts 100 wineries throughout the state.
Popular grape varieties grown within the state are well-suited to Pennsylvania's varied climate -- which ranges from humid summers to frosty winters -- and include Concord and Niagara grapes as well as classic European varieties such as Chardonnay, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Above, a view of grape harvesting time at the Buckingham Valley vineyard in Bucks County.
More information about Pennsylvania wineries around the Web:
Wine & Wineries
- Search their directory by Pennsylvania wine region or wine trails,
with interactive maps and printable page, with related wine news
and events, Pennsylvania wine facts, recipes and more.
PSU Enology - Here's a great resource for professional or
amateur vintners from Pennsylvania State University newsletter
archive with advice on vineyard management, and tips on fertilization,
fungicides, pruning and related topics.