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Jimmy Contreras/PA Wines, 267.687.0225 direct, 267.257.5582 cell or [email protected]
Samantha Krepps/PA Farm Show, 717.787.5085 or [email protected]
Great Grape Stomp returns Jan. 15 with two teams competing to crush 30-pounds of grapes
Annual Governor’s Cup recognizes the best fruit, semi-sweet and dry vintages from PA’s 200+ wineries
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Dec. 18, 2014) – Two-dozen of Pennsylvania’s award-winning wineries will represent the industry in Harrisburg during the 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show. Taking place Jan. 10-17, 2015, it is the largest indoor agricultural event of its kind in the country – and a fitting backdrop to highlight one of the fastest-growing commodities in the commonwealth.
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 in the number of licensed wineries, with more than 200 total – a number that continues to grow annually.
“Each year wineries look forward to sampling and selling nearly 100 local wines at the (Pennsylvania) Farm Show to celebrate their role in Pennsylvania Agriculture,” said Jennifer Eckinger, executive director of the Pennsylvania Winery Association.
The winemakers hail from six distinct regions across the state. They will present their latest vintages in the PA Wines tasting booth during the 8-day show – and many more will participate in the Great Grape Stomp, cooking demonstrations and the Governor’s Cup wine competition.
“Agriculture and tourism are Pennsylvania’s top two industries,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “Wineries bring both industries together, just like the PA Farm Show does, which makes our wineries a popular and important part of the 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.”
- 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. 10, 2 p.m.: Governor’s Cup honors will be awarded to the best fruit, semi-sweet and dry vintage.
- Thursday, Jan. 15, 5:30 p.m.: Two teams of legislators, local celebrities and media personalities will compete in the 3rd Annual Great Grape Stomp, a relay-style challenge that takes place in 30-pound barrels of grapes. (Small Arena)
- Saturday, Jan. 10 – Saturday, Jan. 17, 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 demonstrations and an appearance by Pennsylvania’s First Lady Susan Corbett on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at noon. PA Wines are also featured in the accompanying cookbook. (Main Hall)
Pennsylvania-produced wines will help kick off the 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show. A variety of wines will be served at the PA Preferred™ VIP Reception on Friday, Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m.
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. 10-17, 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 also available for purchase in the booth.
Saturday, Jan. 10 and Sunday, Jan. 11
1. Vineyard at Hershey
2. Moon Dancer Winery
3. Mazza Vineyards
4. Winery at Wilcox
5. Juniata Valley Winery
6. Benigna’s Creek Winery
Monday, Jan. 12 and Tuesday, Jan. 13
1. Flickerwood Wine Cellars
2. Seven Mountains Wine Cellars
3. Red Shale Ridge Winery
4. Starr Hill Winery
5. West Hanover Winery
6. Blue Mountain Vineyards
Wednesday, Jan. 14 and Thursday, Jan. 15
1. Nissley Vineyards
2. Penns Woods Winery
3. C.W. Klay Winery
4. Naylor Wine Cellars
5. Allegro Winery
6. Brookmere Winery
Friday, Jan. 16 and Saturday, Jan. 17
1. Olivero’s Vineyard
2. Courtyard Wineries
3. Tamanend Winery
4. Ten Gallon Hat Winery
5. Shade Mountain Winery
6. Allegheny Cellars Winery