12 Pennsylvania Wine Trails

Picking a winery to visit is tricky business. With so many Pennsylvania areas producing more than one million gallons of wine each year and a reputation as the fifth largest grape producer in the U.S., Pennsylvania has plenty of street cred when it comes to wine.

From anywhere in state, wine aficionados are less than an hour’s drive from at least one of 200 Pennsylvania wineries, many of which are smaller, family-owned establishments. Pennsylvania’s self-guided wine trails allow visitors to sip their way through vineyard-abundant areas at their own pace.

1. Endless Mountains Wine Trail
Upstate PA
The Endless Mountains supply a cooler climate for hybrid and common (vinifera) grape varieties to thrive, producing fragrant and fruity wines. Encompassing nine family-owned wineries, the Endless Mountains Wine Trail offers access to northwestern Pennsylvania attractions such as Steamtown National Historic SiteMarie Antoinette Lookout and the Endless Mountains.

2. Brandywine Wine Trail
Philadelphia and the Countryside
A favorite of Philadelphians, the Brandywine Wine Trail in Chester County includes seven wineries located within a 50-mile radius of one another. Visit three to four wineries per day and budget in time for nearby sights such as Longwood GardensBrandywine River MuseumBrandywine Battlefield Park and Kennett Square (“The Mushroom Capital of the World”).

3. Lehigh Valley Wine Trail
Lehigh Valley
Nine family-owned vineyards populate this wine trail in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania’s fastest-growing wine region. Sample award-wining wines made with Chambourcin, Lehigh Valley’s signature grape, such as rosé, semi-sweet, sweet, dry barrel aged, sparkling and port.

4. Bucks County Wine Trail
Philadelphia and the Countryside
Bucks County Wine Trail’s nine wineries are located just minutes apart in the Delaware Valley, where visitors can also see historic highlights like Washington Cross Historic Park and Pennsbury Manor, the estate of Pennsylvania founder William Penn.

5. Berks County Wine Trail
Dutch Country Roads
Featuring eight wineries, the picturesque countryside is the background for wine tasting in Berks County. From sparkling and sweet dessert wines to dry table wines, the county’s fertile soil produces a variety of styles.

6. Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country
Dutch Country Roads
Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country Trail has 15 wineries producing more than 250 handcrafted selections of white, red and blush wines. Take advantage of the trail’s close proximity to the attraction-rich cities of Hershey, Harrisburg and Lancaster.

7. Lake Erie Wine Region
Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region  
Lake Erie Wine Trail is approximately 50 miles long and runs along 30,000 acres of vineyards along Lake Erie in Pennsylvania and New York. Those with time constraints appreciate the closeness of the trail’s wineries, which produce everything from ice and fruit varieties to specialty wines like brandies and ports.

8. Mason-Dixon Wine Trail
Dutch Country Roads
Twenty-two wineries (and one distillery) dot the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, which runs through the center of the state’s Dutch Country Roads region. The trail boasts a mix of established vineyards and emerging vintners, and many tasting rooms are located in rustic and historical properties.

9. Groundhog Wine Trail
Pennsylvania Wilds
Beyond its super-adorable namesake, the Groundhog Wine Trail spans multiple counties and takes visitors to 15 wineries accented by the unique beauty of the Pennsylvania Wilds. Every year, the region hosts a Groundhog Day Wine Festival featuring a visit from Punxsutawney Phil himself. Find more Groundhog Day attractions >>

10. Southwest Passage Wine Trail
Laurel Highlands
Seven wineries peppered throughout the Pittsburgh suburbs and the scenic Laurel Highlands region make up the Southwest Passage Wine Trail. While you’re in the area, don’t miss destinations like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and the stunning Nemacolin Resort.

11. Montgomery County Wine Trail
Philadelphia and the Countryside
Producing everything from sweet and traditional offerings to wines made from organic fruits and vegetables, Montgomery County Wine Trail’s three wineries supply satisfying experiences. The trail also intersects with the Bucks County Wine Trail, so wine lovers can easily add nine additional stops to their journey.

12. Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail
Valleys of the Susquehanna 
Producers of award-winning riesling, chardonnay, cabernet franc and pinot noir, the 13 wineries along the Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail enjoy a favorable climate for growing native and hybrid grapes, as well as more delicate grape varieties. The wineries also produce delicious fruit wines, including offerings infused with apple, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, elderberry, rhubarb and strawberry.

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Want more? Check out three road trips itineraries that will take you to Pennsylvania’s best wine, beer and food.

Sometimes, you want to visit wineries alone. Other times, you may be in the mood to take a tour of the nearest wineries with several companions. Regardless, you’ll find a travel solution with one of Dynasty Limousine Service’s wine tasting tours in PA.

We carefully determine which of the central, southern, eastern or western PA wineries to visit each time we put a tour together. Then, we reserve one of our luxury vehicles and open the door for reservations from wine lovers like you. On the day of the tour, you’ll be picked up and driven to wineries of your choice in PA, DE and the surrounding communities. You never have to be concerned about how much wine you try throughout the day, because you’ll be chauffeured safely from location to location.

Article courtesy of visitpa.com

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