Welcome to Pennsylvania Wine Land! PA has a long legacy of winemaking. More than 330 years ago, William Penn planted a vineyard in what is now Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. From that vineyard, grew an industry, now home to 300+ wineries and 14,000+ acres of vineyards producing more than 2 million gallons of wine annually.
Our commonwealth is the fifth largest grower of grapes in the nation and our wineries are producing an exciting diversity of wines. Pennsylvania is also home to many wine trails, perfect for a weekend getaway. Speaking of weekends, wineries are hosting events year-round. So, start planning and Keep Tasting in Pennsylvania.
Get to know Pennsylvania Wines:
ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING PA WINERIES
PENNSYLVANIA WINERY ASSOCIATION (PWA)
Executive Director, Jennifer Eckinger
The PWA is a non-profit trade association representing more than 135 member wineries and an advocate on behalf of the state’s growing multi-billion dollar wine industry. For more information on the PWA and to inquire about membership, please contact the PWA here or by phone at 877-4PA-WINE or 717 234-1844.
PWA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Barb Christ, Vice President (Happy Valley Vineyards & Winery)
Carley Mack (Penns Wood Winery)
Larry Shrawder (Stony Run Winery)
Mark Rozum (Black Dog Wine Company)
Megan Yurkovic (Olivero’s Vineyard)
Virginia Mitchell (Galer Estate Winery)
Sam Best (Lakeview Wine Cellars)
Sharon Klay (Christian W. Klay)
Trish Brown (Paradocx Vineyard)
PENNSYLVANIA WINE MARKETING AND RESEARCH PROGRAM
The vision of the Pennsylvania wine and grape industry is to be recognized as the premium East Coast wine appellation. The Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Program continues to work in support of this vision by promoting an increase in the quality, profitability and consumer awareness of Pennsylvania wines.
View and download the WMRB Fact Sheet for more information and contacts by clicking here.
PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND PA PREFERRED
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture encourages, protects and promotes agriculture and related industries throughout the commonwealth. Pennsylvania’s 63,000 farm families continue to be the stewards of more than 7.7 million acres of farmland. With $5.7 billion in cash receipts annually from production agriculture, Pennsylvania farmers and agribusinesses are the leading economic driver in our state.
The Department also leads the PA Preferred program, a public-private partnership with many companies throughout the commonwealth. The program is working with thousands of companies and stores to support and promote Pennsylvania products. Next time you are shopping, whether in a major grocery chain, farmers market, or road-side stand make sure to look for the PA Preferred logo and purchase products grown or made in PA.
PENN STATE EXTENSION
Penn State Extension is an educational network that gives people in Pennsylvania’s 67 counties access to the University’s resources and expertise, including a world-class enology and viticultural education practice, which provides educational outreach for commercial wineries, home winemakers, and wine enthusiasts.
PENNSYLVANIA LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD (PLCB)
The PLCB was created by state law on Nov. 29, 1933, at the end of Prohibition. Pennsylvania is one of 17 states and two Maryland counties in the United States that controls the sale of alcohol. The agency is governed by a three-member Board whose members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by two-thirds of the state Senate.
The Board regulates – through a selective licensing process – more than 15,000 retail licensees including restaurants, taverns, hotels, clubs, etc., and more than 1,250 wholesale licensees in the commonwealth.
In an effort to support local wineries, the PLCB, in conjunction with the PWA operates a PA Preferred Wine Program, which allows PA Preferred designated wineries the opportunity to sell up to 10 varietals in a select number of Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores. For more information on this program, please contact the PWA here or by phone at 717-234-1844.
The mission of WineAmerica is to encourage the dynamic growth and development of American wineries and winegrowing through the advancement and advocacy of sound public policy. With more than 600 members, WineAmerica serves the interests of wineries in all 50 states by leveraging its formidable grassroots lobbying strength to benefit the entire industry.