Pennsylvania Wine Finds Focus

July 28, 2017

William Penn didn’t just found the Province of Pennsylvania. He also launched its first vineyard in 1683 in what is now Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. Today, the state is the nation’s fifth largest grape grower, but much of Lake Erie’s “Grape Belt” is devoted to juice and jelly.

Approximately 14,000 acres (2,800 of wine grapes) 200+ Wineries Production: More than
1.6 million gallons annually Leading wineries: Allegro Vineyards
Galen Glen Winery
Penns Woods Winery
Pinnacle Ridge
Va La Vineyards
Waltz Vineyards Important grape varieties: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grüner Veltliner, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Vidal Blanc AVAs: Central