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This ever-evolving section of our website is tailored to winemakers and vineyard operators across the commonwealth. Please see below for pertinent information related to the people and organizations that are ready to help your winery be successful.

If you are a member of the PA Winery Association (PWA) and are looking for instructions to submit events and/or update your winery’s profile on this website, please follow the links on the left. Access the PWA Member Portal.

JOIN THE PWA OR RENEW MEMBERSHIP

For dues information and to join OR renew PWA membership, please visit this website.

INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES

View and download the PA Winery Guide (eBook) and request guides
View and download the latest PA Wines Economic Impact Report
Browse and download other important documents.

2022 PA SOMMELIER JUDGMENT DAY

The Pennsylvania Winery Association (PWA) is excited to announce that the Sommelier Judgment is returning for its 6th year. This blind tasting is scheduled to occur on Monday, September 19th in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Once again the PWA is working closely with Scott Zoccolillo, Wine Director at Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, and a handful of PA-based Sommeliers to bring together this program. The wines will be evaluated by a panel of 20 to 30 Sommeliers in a blind tasting. Sommeliers are only told the varietal. Judgment will be expanded to hybrids, rosés and sparkling wines.

Judges use criteria such as varietal correctness (color, bouquet, taste and finish) with a strong emphasis on final impression of the wine and balance; ripeness; and consideration of the winemaking decisions (chaptalization and acidification) and if any faults are present affecting the profile of the wine.

Requirements for Wine Submissions:

  • Submissions must be >75% of the stated Vinifera variety or Hybrid variety in any wine submission
  • Wines MUST be 100% Pennsylvania grown fruit; wines MUST be labeled Pennsylvania Wine or a Pennsylvania AVA
  • Vinifera: white or red
  • Hybrid: white – Vidal Blanc, Traminette, Cayuga ONLY
  • Hybrid: red – Chambourcin ONLY
  • Vinifera Rosé: Direct Press method or Saignée method
  • Vinifera Sparkling Wines: Traditional Method or Charmat Method
  • SIX (6) entry maximum and TWO (2) bottles (total of 1.5L) of each is required for entry
  • Wine must be available to the public at the time of the competition

The Top 10 wines and a selection of honorable mentions will be announced and promoted by the PWA after the Judgment and announced  in October, during PA WINE MONTH. Winners of the categories will receive engraved Sabers.

A Best in Show, Best White, Best Red, Best Sparkling or Rosé, and/or Best Hybrid will be selected from the top wines.

Sommeliers provide feedback such as:

  • What price range do you feel best reflects the quality of this wine?
  • Is this wine varietal correct? If not, what is missing?
  • Is this wine balanced? If not, what is out of balance?
  • Are there wine faults? If so, what faults are there?
  • Is this a wine you would consider for your program? Why or why not?

Wine Submission Details:

Payment Details

Where to send the wines?

  • Please send your tracking number/information to [email protected]
  • Send wine entries to the following address:

Scott Zoccolillo
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
1428 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19102

 

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

The 2022 Pennsylvania Winery Association (PWA) Annual Business Meeting was held virtually on April 5, 2022 to include Marketing, Legislative and Membership updates. PWA Members are welcome to review the meeting minutes, please contact the PWA for questions.

WINE COMPETITION

The 2021 Wine Competition was held in fall 2021 and results are published. For more information on the 2022 competition, please contact the PWA.

PRESS & MEDIA CONTACTS

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ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING PA WINERIES

Pennsylvania Winery Association (PWA)
The PWA is a non-profit trade association 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.


PWA Board of Directors

Larry Shrawder, President (Stony Run Winery)
Sam Best (Lakeview Wine Cellars)
Richard Blair (Setter Ridge Vineyards)
Erin Troxell (Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery)
Andrew Yingst (Grace Winery)
Scott Neeley (King View Mead Wine & Cider)
Ed Lazzerini (Octoraro Cellars)
Richard Woolley (Weathered Vineyards)
Jan Waltz (Waltz Vineyards)

 

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.

 

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.

 

WineAmerica
The mission of WineAmerica is to encourage the dynamic growth and development of American wineries and wine-growing 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.