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The Wineries and Vineyards Trail of Greater Philadelphia

Sample the award-winning wines the region has to offer

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Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
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With geography, climate and growing conditions that mirror those of the Bordeaux Region in France, southeastern Pennsylvania continues to emerge as a major force in America’s wine industry. In fact, Pennsylvania wines as a whole are making steady gains in quality, quantity and recognition.

The Commonwealth ranks fifth in the nation for number of wineries — more than 200 — and produces more than one million gallons of wine per year. Pennsylvania vintners have won awards at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, International Women’s Wine Competition, San Diego International Wine Competition, International Eastern Wine Competition, Florida State Fair International Wine Competition, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and Consumer Wine Awards, proving Pennsylvania can craft wines worthy of any table.

Philadelphia and The Countryside is ideally suited for winemaking. The temperate climate, paired with gently rolling hills and large bodies of water, make for warmer soil that nurtures a long growing season. The soil itself is flecked with limestone and gravel — qualities that enhance the fertility of a range of grapes. This means wine lovers find many of their favorites around Philadelphia, and local winemakers point to the popularity and flavor of their Chardonnays, Chambourcins, Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons and even sparkling wines.

On this trail, wine-enthusiasts visit some of the best award-winning wineries and vineyards the Greater Philadelphia area has to offer. Hope you’re thirsty.

Note: The wineries below are organized alphabetically by region.

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Black Walnut Winery

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Founded by two couples who turned a hobby into a career by refurbishing a 198-year-old bank barn, Black Walnut Winery uses grapes from neighboring vineyards to produce 18 varietals and blends, including Syrah, Semillon and a blend called Tryst, a 50/50 Pinot Noir/Merlot blend. A variety of events, including live music, take place throughout the year at the winery and its off-site tasting room in downtown Phoenixville.

Where: Black Walnut Winery, 3000 W. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville

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Borderland Vineyard

In 2006, Kurt Kalb began revitalizing the agricultural areas of the farm that his parents purchased in 1946. In 2008, he planted the first grapevines and has slowly expanded Borderland Vineyard with the help of family and friends.

Where: Borderland Vineyard, 332 Indiantown Road, Landenberg

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Flickerwood Wine Cellars

The definition of a family-built-and-operated winery, Flickerwood family members have had a hand in everything from building the wine cellar to designing the labels on the bottles. Offering 30 types of wine that concentrate on blends from Native American and French hybrid grapes, the winery, located in a beautiful country setting, is decorated with knotty pine walls, cathedral ceilings and a grape motif.

Where: Flickerwood Wine Cellars, 116 W. State Street, Kennett Square

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Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery

— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Chester County’s Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery hand-produces wine exclusively from grapes grown locally and in its own vineyard. The winemakers let the terroir express itself and take a mostly hands-off approach once the grapes are harvested in order to generate different characteristics for each vintage. For sampling, there’s a tasting room just off the fermentation room and a deck overlooking the Chardonnay vineyard.

Where: Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery, 700 Folly Hill Road, Kennett Square

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Kreutz Creek Vineyards

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Jim Kirkpatrick began his winemaking journey in 1989 after his wife Carole gave him an at-home kit for his birthday. Soon, Kreutz Creek Vineyards was born, and today the couple produces a dozen varieties, including two dessert wines and a holiday wassail. This pet-friendly winery’s tasting room features an almost year-round concert and movie series. The party continues at the vineyard’s pooch-welcoming tasting room in West Chester, which hosts live music every weekend.

Where: Kreutz Creek Vineyards, 553 S. Guernsey Road, West Grove

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Paradocx Vineyard

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Nestled among rolling hills, Paradocx Vineyard uses almost exclusively homegrown grapes in its three-dozen wines. Though shoppers can buy Paradocx wines at two retail shops, two farmers’ markets and through a mail order wine club, at the winery they can sample wine, hard ciders out of pouches, special “paint” cans or flights.

Where: Paradocx Vineyard, 1833 Flint Hill Road, Landenberg

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Patone Cellars

When the Patones founded their fledgling Patone Cellars in the summer of 2006, they continued a family tradition they trace back to Abruzzo, Italy, where their ancestors harvested wine grapes for trade. The winery building itself houses tastings of Sauvignon Blanc, Vino Novello, Barbera, Sangiovese and a Meritage blend called Elegante.

Where: Patone Cellars, 1051 Wickerton Road, Landenberg

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Stargazers Vineyards

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Maintained and operated by owners Alice and John Weygandt, Stargazers Vineyard and Winery is situated on the Brandywine River near the Stargazers Stone, where Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon used celestial navigation to survey the border between Pennsylvania and Maryland. Visitors to Stargazers can wander through the bucolic vineyards to inspect the grapes or visit the winery to see the production process.

Where: Stargazers Vineyards, 1024 Wheatland Drive, Coatesville

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Va La Vineyards

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Lauded three times as one of the country’s best wineries by The Wine Advocate and The Daily Meal, Va La Vineyards prides itself on individuality. Winemaker Anthony Vietri sections his tiny vineyard into four plots where he co-cultivates vines and lets the soil determine what they turn into.

Where: Va La Vineyards, 8820 Gap Newport Pike, Avondale

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Buckingham Valley Vineyards & Winery

Celebrating 50 years in business, family-owned Buckingham Valley Vineyards & Winery is one of the state’s oldest farm wineries — and Bucks Country’s sole winery producing naturally fermented sparkling wine using the Champagne method. There’s a folksy atmosphere on the 40-acre site, with a sculpture garden and picnic areas. Self-guided tours and tastings are available.

Where: Buckingham Valley Vineyards & Winery, 1521 Durham Road, Buckingham

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Crossing Vineyard and Winery

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With a facility and grounds on a 200-year-old estate less than a mile from where George Washington crossed the Delaware River in 1776, Crossing Vineyards and Winery prides itself on making restrained, European-style wines that have won more than 120 awards. To reduce the need for pesticides and other environmentally harmful or inefficient farming practices, the solar-powered winery uses lasers to evenly plant vines and employs a computerized weather station to gather useful data on the vineyard’s microclimates. The winery hosts private events, summer concerts, wine education events and special happenings for singles, wine novices and others.

Where: Crossing Vineyard and Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing

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The New Hope Winery

Housed in an 18th-century barn equipped with a robust gift, antique and gourmet food shop, wine bar and music/entertainment venue, New Hope Winery sells various fruit wines, a rosé and a wide variety of reds and whites. The winery doesn’t offer tours, as its vineyard is off-site, but there’s more than enough other activity to keep even casual visitors entertained.

Where: The New Hope Winery, 6123 Lower York Road, New Hope

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Rose Bank Winery

Situated on a picturesque tract of land originally deeded by William Penn to his daughters,
Rose Bank Winery captures the history of Bucks County with its 1719 stone manor house and 1835 barn, both overlooking lush pasture. Visitors to the estate are encouraged to savor the winery’s reds, whites, fruit wines and specialty wines such as chocolate orange port and coffee-like Cappavino.

Where: Rose Bank Winery, 258 Durham Road, Newtown

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Rushland Ridge Vineyard and Winery

In the late 1960s, the Ullmans made their first wine on Kings Oak Farm in Huntingdon Valley. In 1985, husband-and-wife team Ed and Lisa purchased 22 acres in central Bucks County and planted an acre of French-American hybrids and native grapes. In 1991, they officially opened Rushland Ridge Vineyard and Winery and built a tasting room. Today, more than a dozen different varietals — including a traditionally crafted port — support the winery.

Where: Rushland Ridge Vineyard and Winery, 2665 Rushland Road, Jamison

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Sand Castle Winery

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Winemakers at Sand Castle Winery are among the few on the East Coast to produce wines grown exclusively from vinis vinfera — cloned European vines, in this case from Germany and France. Overlooking the Delaware River, the property features a cliff-side castle that houses a 30-foot deep cellar where all of the vinification takes place. It’s open for various levels of tastings, from casual sips to extensive food pairings; public classes round out the experience.

Where: Sand Castle Winery, 733 River Road, Erwinna

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Unami Ridge Winery

Open since 2010, Unami Ridge Winery specializes in European whites and premium reds. Owners Jim and Kathy Jenks produce just nine wines, with a white German called Scheurebe as the premier offering.

Where: Unami Ridge Winery, 2144 Kumry Road, Quakertown

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Vivat Alfa Winery

Open since 2013, Vivat Alfa Winery (formerly Alpha and Omega) is a simple operation running out of a small fieldstone barn dating to 1750. Winemaker Richard Adamek went to winemaking school in the former Czechoslovakia and grows his European grapes on a plot of land next to the barn.

Where: Vivat Alfa Winery, 3612 Stump Road, Doylestown

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Wycombe Vineyards

The Wycombe Vineyards estate has been in Rich Fraser’s family since 1925, first supporting the family pork businesses, later, in 1965, producing sod. Now, 10 of the 65 acres of fertile farmland are devoted to growing classic vinifera and French-Hybrid varietals in various stages of maturity.

Where: Wycombe Vineyards, 1391 Forest Grove Road, Furlong

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A'Dello Vineyard and Winery

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A’Dello Vineyard and Winery’s recipes come from hundreds of years of family winemaking in Italy. Visitors bring their own food to enjoy while tasting signature reds and whites, semi-sweet whites, blushes and “fun and fruity” wines, available on both the patio and at the wine bar. Live music also plays on weekends.

Where: A'Dello Vineyard and Winery, 21 Simmons Road, Perkiomenville

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Boyd's Cardinal Hollow Winery

At Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow Winery, guests can sample more than 25 different wines, including varieties with unusual ingredients such as mango, rhubarb, pumpkin and cranberry. Open-minded oenophiles love the hazelnut port (one of three ports), the award-winning jalapeño wine and the whiskey mead. The family-owned winery hosts wine classes and sells at stores and markets throughout the area.

Where: Boyd's Cardinal Hollow Winery, 1830 West Point Pike, Lansdale

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County Creek Vineyard and Winery

In a circa 1856 dairy barn, family-owned Country Creek Vineyard & Winery creates wines from Pennsylvania-grown fruit and French-American hybrid grapes. Serious production happens here, but it’s not all business — the site hosts live bands, group meditations and other events.

Where: County Creek Vineyard and Winery, 133 Cressman Road, Telford

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Karamoor Estate Wines

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The wines produced at the elaborate Montgomery County Karamoor Estate Wines have been praised by Philadelphia Inquirer food critic Craig LaBan, and benefit from a collaboration between two very educated and experienced winemakers and viticulturalists. Grapes grow on family property that’s been farmed since before the days of William Penn.

Where: Karamoor Estate Wines, 1001 Pinetown Road, Fort Washington

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Stone & Key Cellars

Stone & Key Cellars specializes in bringing visitors the full experience of creating their own wine — from the design, based on a grape-tasting session with professional winemakers, to crushing, pressing, blending, bottling and, of course, drinking. If that sounds like too much work, visitors can sample and purchase premade house wines and ciders in the tasting room or participate in the Quarter Barrel Club, through which 24 participants meet at a series of pressings, barrel tastings and bottling events to create six wines, all with a focus on fun and making new friends.

Where: Stone & Key Cellars, 435 Doylestown Road, Montgomeryville

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Chaddsford Winery

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Awards keep pouring in for Chaddsford Winery, whose owners turned an 18th-century barn into a premium wine operation in 1982, eventually expanding to their current 30,000-cases-a-year output of dry reds and whites, as well as sweet seasonal favorites. Set amid the rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley, between Longwood Gardens and the Brandywine River Museum of Art, the Delaware County winery hosts wine-and-food pairings and live music events, in addition to tastings and tours.

Where: Chaddsford Winery, 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford

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Grace Winery and Sweetwater Farm

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Grace Winery and Sweetwater Farm sits on 50 acres along the Brandywine Valley in Delaware County. A vineyard, winery and inn, the bucolic venue hosts overnight guests in its Manor House and Cottages and welcomes visitors into a renovated 1750 bank-barn-turned-winery, tasting room and event space.

Where: Grace Winery and Sweetwater Farm, 50 Sweetwater Road, Glen Mills

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Penns Woods Winery

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With more than 40 years of experience in the wine business, former wine importer and Abruzzese winemaker Gino Razzi produces internationally award-winning wines at Penns Woods Winery. Visitors savor his creations at the tasting room, buy locally made honey, chocolate and candles in the gift shop and do yoga in the vineyard. The actual winery, located offsite, is not open to the public.

Where: Penns Woods Winery, 124 Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford

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Black Walnut Winery
Borderland Vineyard
Flickerwood Wine Cellars
Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery
Kreutz Creek Vineyards
Paradocx Vineyard
Patone Cellars
Stargazers Vineyards
Va La Vineyards
Buckingham Valley Vineyards & Winery
Crossing Vineyard and Winery
The New Hope Winery
Rose Bank Winery
Rushland Ridge Vineyard and Winery
Sand Castle Winery
Unami Ridge Winery
Vivat Alfa Winery
Wycombe Vineyards
A'Dello Vineyard and Winery
Boyd's Cardinal Hollow Winery
County Creek Vineyard and Winery
Karamoor Estate Wines
Stone & Key Cellars
Chaddsford Winery
Grace Winery and Sweetwater Farm
Penns Woods Winery
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