The Keystone State
Surrounded by a few of my favorite states (yes I admit, I love New York wine), the Keystone state is quickly making some noise of its own. Home to more than 100 wineries throughout the state, Pennsylvania’s wine industry is growing in both production and reputation. A moderate climate combined with rolling terrain provide ideal growing conditions for an assortment of varieties. With 5 AVAs, 7 wine regions, and 11 wine trails, it’s safe to say Pennsylvania has a wine adventure for everyone!
A few wine facts courtesy of the Pennsylvania Winery Association:
- With approximately 14,000 acres of grapes, Pennsylvania ranks 4th 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.
- 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.
Impressive growth to say the least. This weekend I feature 2 award-winning Pennsylvania wineries, Twin Brook and Chaddsford. We’ll sample a pair of delicious Pinot Grigio wines and a Reserve Chardonnay that easily rivals it more expensive California competition. Cheers!
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