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Pennsylvania Region

The web site Appellation American states that “ Pennsylvania has an ideal climate for a mid-Atlantic state to become a major player in the North American wine world .” With mild winters and a long moderate growing season minus the problem causing heat spikes, and enough natural precipitation to nurture vines, a climate similar to that of Germany. Add the rolling hills south eastern Pennsylvania is known for and you have some natural drainage and ideal southern exposure. The state boasts more than 90 wineries, spread across the state, with five being classified as American Viticultural Areas, and a wine trail in about every part of the state. Pennsylvania is the nations eighth largest producer of wine and fourth largest grower of grapes.
There are over fifty grapes grown within the state with close to 14,000 acres planted. The ten most recognized being, Chardonnay, Chambourcin, Cabernet Sauvignon, Vidal Blanc, Riesling, Niagara, Concord, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Gris/Grigio. The Appellation America database identifies 719 wines labeled with the Pennsylvania designation. With a mix of red, white, rose, sparkling, fortified, dessert, and late harvest. Chaddsford Winery located in Chadds Ford PA in the beautiful historic Brandywine Valley owns the distinction of being the largest winery in the state, with Clover Hill Vineyards and Winery located in the Lehigh Valley a close second. Both are family owned as are most of the wineries in the state. Despite uncontrollable factors faced by the vineyards such as a shorter growing season, cold weather, and humidity many wineries have produced nationally recognized and award winning wines. These regional factors can make each vintage unique.
Grape harvest season in Pennsylvania begins about mid August and ends in mid October.
Most wineries offer tasting, tours and special events through out the year.

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