PENNSYLVANIA WINES ANNOUNCES LINE-UP AT THE FARM SHOW, NATION’S LARGEST INDOOR AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Great Grape Stomp returns on Jan. 9 with two teams competing in barrels filled with 30 pounds of grapes
Annual Governor’s Cup picks the state’s best fruit, semi-sweet and dry vintages from nearly 200 wineries
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Dec. 20, 2013) – Wine is big business in Pennsylvania, and nowhere is that agricultural heritage more evident than each January at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. More than two-dozen winemakers from across the state will exhibit during the eight-day show, the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation – and many more will participate in events such as the Great Grape Stomp and Governor’s Cup wine competition.
“Agriculture and tourism are two of Pennsylvania’s largest industries,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “Wineries are an integral part of both, and we’re excited that they play such a visible role in the Farm Show every year. The winemakers, many of them second- and third-generation farms, come to share their vintages and years of experience in the vineyards with hundreds of thousands of visitors.”
The 98th annual celebration of the state’s commodities – which is free to the public Jan. 4-11, 2014 – includes a large booth where each day, six wineries will pour their latest vintages at a tasting counter and sell their locally made wines. With some of the most fertile grape-growing land on the East Coast, Pennsylvania ranks fifth nationally in the amount of grapes grown, seventh in wine production, and seventh in the number of licensed wineries. This past year’s warm weather yielded a particularly nice harvest, producing wines with great acids.
- Daily, 9am until 9 p.m.: A rotating group of wineries (six each day) will offer daily tastings of award-winning wines from the Pennsylvania’s six distinct regions, complemented by a selection of local craft cheeses from PA Association Sustainable Agriculture members. Each winery also has a selection of their wine available for sale in the booth. The Pennsylvania Wines Tasting Booth is just across from the 1,000-pound butter sculpture. (Main Hall)
- Saturday, Jan. 4, 2 p.m.: Governor’s Cup honors will be awarded to the best fruit, semi-sweet and dry vintage.
- Thursday, Jan. 9, 5:30 p.m.: Two teams of politicos and media personalities compete in the 2nd Annual Great Grape Stomp, a relay-style challenge that takes place in 30-pound barrels of grapes. (Small Arena)
- Thursday, Jan. 9 – Saturday, Jan. 11, times vary by day: Chefs from across the state cook in the Culinary Connection, with many of their recipes paired with Pennsylvania-made wines. There are also demos and an appearance by Pennsylvania’s First Lady Susan Corbett on Monday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m. PA Wines are also featured in the accompanying cookbook. (Main Hall)
Pennsylvania-produced wines are also served at the PA Preferred™ Farm Show Reception the evening before the Farm Show opens to the public.
ABOUT THE PENNSYLVANIA WINERY ASSOCIATION
The Pennsylvania Winery Association is a trade association representing more than 100 member wineries and an advocate on behalf of the state’s growing multi-billion dollar wine industry. With some of the most fertile grape-growing land on the East Coast, Pennsylvania ranks fifth nationally in the amount of grapes grown, seventh in wine production, and seventh in the number of licensed wineries. The climate and sheer size of the state also allow for dozens of varietals to be grown. There are wineries in every region, and many of them are family-owned and -operated, continuing a centuries-old tradition that began in 1683 when William Penn planted the first vineyard in Philadelphia. Today, Pennsylvania’s wineries host events year-round, and most sell their vintages directly through their own tasting rooms. Most are also part of 12 organized wine trails that weave across the state—in fact, visitors to Pennsylvania are always within a 45-minute drive of a winery. To learn more about Pennsylvania wine or to plan your trip, visit PennsylvaniaWine.com.
ABOUT THE PENNSYLVANIA FARM SHOW
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and nearly 300 commercial exhibitors. The eight-day show is Jan. 4-11, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.
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SCHEDULE OF WINERIES:
Each day, six wineries staff the Pennsylvania Winery Association tasting booth in Main Hall, across from the famous Butter Sculpture. The booth is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily. A large selection of Pennsylvania-made wine is available for purchase in the booth.
Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 and Sunday, Jan. 5
1. Seven Mountains Wine Cellars
2. Winery @ Willcox
3. Sand Castle
Monday, Jan. 6 and Tuesday, Jan. 7
1. Ten Gallon Hat
2. Shade Mountain
3. West Hanover
4. Moondancer Winery
5. Brookmere Winery
6. Buddy Boy
Wednesday, Jan. 8 and Thursday, Jan. 9
1. Vineyard @ Hershey
2. Benigna’s Creek
3. University Wine Company
4. Blue Mountain
5. Long Trout
6. Courtyard Winery
Friday, Jan. 10 and Saturday, Jan. 11
1. Starr Hill
3. Antler Ridge
5. Red Shale
6. Bee Kind