Wineries of the Week

MARCH 4

Nissley Vineyards

When J. Richard Nissley and his son John first planted several acres of grapes in the mid-1970s, it was something of an experiment. Despite the naysayers, J. Richard persevered. Dick went on to found the Pennsylvania Wine Association and would serve as its first president. Before long, a thriving vineyard and winery began to take root.

Today, the pioneering spirit of the Nissley family is carried on by grandson Jonas Nissley, whose energy and passion is ushering in a new chapter of success for the winery. Thanks to lots of hard work and determination, the family has succeeded in turning a few vines and a vision into an award-winning winery, making the Nissley name synonymous with top-tier Pennsylvania wine.

Mural City Cellars

Mural City Cellars, is an urban winery located in Kensington, Philadelphia. Winemaker, Nicholas Ducos, is crafting minimal intervention wines using local varietals sourced from within 300 miles of the city.

Harvest Ridge Winery

We are a family farm winery nestled in the beautiful Delaware countryside with an additional tasting room located in the quaint village of Toughkenamon in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Black Dog Wine Company

Black Dog Wine Company resides in the historic 1800s Hankey Family Farmhouse in the western suburbs of Pittsburgh. With sprawling outdoor space & three levels indoors, there is room for everybody! We are here to create an atmosphere that welcomes all people united by the love of wine! With over 20 wines to choose from, we have something for everyone to enjoy.

Stop in to our tasting room Wednesday-Sunday to sample any of our unique, delicious, award-winning wines. Stay for live music every Friday & Saturday and connect with us to help you plan your next event. Our beautiful venue could be the perfect spot for your most memorable celebration!

Bella Terra

Bella Terra Vineyards was founded in 2015 by Jay and Joanna Bell. The original vision was to create a space for outdoor weddings and events under the leadership of Jacque Bell and supply those events with homemade wine.

That mission quickly changed with the successful opening of the original tasting room in 2016. The wines and beautiful outdoor space were well received, and the need for a larger winery soon became paramount. In 2019, the main tasting room and event space opened, which offered BTV wine, local craft beers, and PAmade spirits to go along with year-round entertainment. The new building had a larger tasting room, more patio seating, private event spaces, and a larger production facility. In 2020, Bella Terra added a second location in Bedford, quickly followed by another location in the North Hills.

During this time of rapid growth, Bella Terra has managed to produce award-winning wines and lead the industry in the production of canned wines, wine cocktails, and an array of housemade seasonal ciders.

Balla Cloiche

A few miles from 1-83, our family-owned and operated vineyard is secluded but not remote. Unseen from the road, it is truly a hidden gem!

Our small-batch, estate-grown wines are served indoors or outdoors in one of our many seating areas. We are known for our excellent dry wines, delicious signature cocktails, and peaceful adult-only setting. You can enjoy live music and food trucks on most Saturday evenings when the weather is nice. Our heated, enclosed deck is open for winter events, weather permitting. It is also a great place for your celebration!

We invite you to come to experience the natural beauty, friendly service, and laid-back atmosphere that make Balla Cloiche Vineyards a great place to be!


FEBRUARY 24

Sorrenti Winery

In 1912, an Italian man named Francescantonio Sorrenti came to the United States in search of the American Dream. During his lifetime, he came to realize that his true hopes and dreams were not those of wealth but ones of family, love, and tradition. So, to preserve his Southern Italian heritage, he taught his sons the trade of his family, l’arte del fare il vino, or to us, “The Art of Winemaking.” This was the start of Dominic Sorrenti’s lifelong commitment to viticulture and winemaking.

After meeting his wife Mary and moving to the Poconos from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the family founded Sorrenti Winery in 1981. Among one of the first to attempt growing grapes in a climate where others deemed it impossible and making wines of fruit and the local vitis labrusca grapes, Sorrenti set the bar for future winemakers and wineries in the area.

Dominic’s children, Elysia, Nicholas, Sunshine, and Lucia, have all helped carry on the family tradition of making ‘wine from the heart” and continuing in his footsteps. Without the love of family, this dream would have been impossible. So, we invite you to come taste our wine and become a part of our journey!


Hale & True Cider

Hale & True Cider is made by fermenting fresh Pennsylvania apple juice straight from the orchard and into our tanks. We thoughtfully incorporate ingredients like hops or fruit to create sessionable ciders that are balanced yet complex

Hale & True opened in April 2018, but the planning started years before that. In 2013, we made our first batch of cider in our tiny Old City apartment. It was naturally dry and delicious. After that, we were sold. Now, we are excited to share our love of making and drinking cider, highlighting its diversity, and supporting local agriculture. Our awardwinning cidery and taproom is located in Philadelphia, right off South Street. Our cider is also available for shipping nationwide and at select bars and restaurants in the Philadelphia area.


Chaddsford Winery

At Chaddsford Winery, our goal is to make approachable, food-friendly wines and share them in a casual, fun environment. Since 1982, our winemaking team has expressed their artisanship with an evolving portfolio of dry, sweet, and sparkling wines.

While making the best wine possible is our main objective, the role we play in our community is equally important. Whether it be collaborating with local businesses, fundraising with non-profits, or minimizing our impact on the environment, Chaddsford Winery stands for inclusion, unity, and progress. And because of that, we’re so much more than just wine. We’re a connected, diverse, and loyal wine-drinking community. We hope you’ll join us!


Deep Roots Hard Cider

Deep Roots Hard Cider is located in Sugar Run, PA Bradford County. We are a wine-style cider that features everything from dry, traditional ciders to Sweeter, fruity ciders and everything in between!

At our Tasting Room, open yearround Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 12-6, we always offer free tastings! Set on our farm, it’s a wonderful place to come, drink, and relax!


Manoff Market Cidery

From ‘Orchard to Barrel the slogan for Manoff Market Cidery (M2) is best appreciated in their seating area next to the apple trees located in New Hope, PA. Using similar techniques to winemaking they utilize the traditional apple heritage of this state.

Amy and Gary started the farm in 1984 and through innovative farming techniques that focus on sustainability have made fruit growing their specialty. The hard cider feels like a natural extension of their labor of love. Their daughter Chelsea and son-in-law Maher work full time at the farm and help with the cider-making process. The ciders you find here tend to be dry and sparkling, but you may find there is a little something for everyone.


Benigna’s Creek

Benigna’s Creek was founded on the simple idea that if you take care of the ground, it takes care of you. In 1999, brothers Rick and Mike Masser faced the harsh realities of a declining hog market. As lifelong farmers with a deep land ethic, they knew better than anyone what wonders a well-tended field could produce. They knew their particular blend of soil had greatness in it. It was capable of producing something other than grain crops, and it would breathe new life into the family farm.

Today the Masser family at Benigna’s Creek operates the winery’s headquarters and event space in Klingerstown, PA as well as four satellite locations in addition to providing select wines to over 400 Pennsylvania Fine Wine & Good Spirit stores.


FEBRUARY 18

Cellar ’54 Winery

Cellar ’54 is a family-owned and operated winery with vineyards dating back to 1954. Making your way down the drive you will be welcomed by vineyards and serene countryside where you can enjoy a glass of wine in a peaceful environment.

Our wine list consists of traditional premium dry wines to uniquely named sweet wines. Located in the heart of Lake Erie wine country in North East, PA. Come sip with us and be treated like Cellar ’54 family!


Camuna Cellars

All Camuna projects seek to explore the question, “How can humans be active partners in creation in a way that honors the natural world and the divine?” To that end, we are committed to supporting the best practice and regenerative agriculture and minimal intervention in the cellar. Our goal is to work with nature to co-create interesting fermented beverages that are good for the Land, the body, and the soul.

Eli Silins started making wine in California in 2013. In 2019 Eli moved from Berkeley, CA to Philadelphia, PA, and took Camuna Cellars with him. He is currently exploring the bounty of the Mid-Atlantic and experimenting with grapes, apples, and honey and their various combinations… wine, cider, mead, cyser, pyment…


Flickerwood Wine Cellars

Flickerwood Wine Cellars, known as the Wine that Rocks, opened on Memorial Day Weekend 2000 with 4 varieties of wine. When we opened at that time, we were the 57th Winery in the State of PA. After 21 years, we offer 30 varieties of wine and have added a line of Hard Tea, the InZaniTea.

Our winery, located in Kane, PA, which is found in the Allegheny National Forest, is one of the few wineries in PA that also have a liquor license on-site. We serve local beers, have a menu of Specialty Cocktails, and opened a full restaurant a few years ago.

In 2008, we opened our second location in Chester County, PA. You can find our wines there in Oxford, Pa, and in select Fine Wine and Good Spirits Shops, all Country Fair Markets that sell wine, local restaurants, supermarkets, and we offer shipping to over 40 states. We have loved making wine for our clients and really enjoy providing them with an experience that makes them want to return.


Hardball Cider

As classic as our favorite sport with an innovative spin on the word craft, Hardball Cider, Wine, and Orchard is dedicated to tradition and quality. We celebrate local with food trucks and live music artists from mid-March through December.

It’s all here, nestled near the Delaware Water Gap and right off Route 80 with a scenic view you won’t soon forget. Ciders and wine that swing for the fence here at our taproom and in over 33 counties throughout Pennsylvania.


Big Hill Ciderworks

An old German grape press is at the heart of Big Hill Ciderwork’s operations. Instead of grapes, they’re using it to press apples grown on their two farms totaling roughly 40 acres of bittersweet and bitter sharp apple varieties that go into their cider. Adams County is known for its incredible history and beauty and the unique microclimates and soil types that are perfect for apple growing. Proper soil is where great cider begins.

At Big Hill, they not only grow the fruit, but they also press, ferment, package, and distribute every cider. They utilize traditional, time-honored cidermaking methods of slow fermentation to showcase a distinct flavor profile in each of their ciders, unique only to their orchards and this region.

It’s worth a trip to Adams County to enjoy the rolling hills of orchards that produce some of the finest fruit in the country. The Big Hill Taphouse is open on weekends throughout the year.


KingView Meadhouse & Winery

King View Mead, the company, was born in May 2015 in Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania, by Scott Neeley. He was driven by his desire to create a truly win, win, company and bring internationally awarded Meads, Wines, and Hard Ciders to the public. The King View name comes from his belief that we need to turn back time, get outside more, farm more, and live more simply.

King View produces Meads (Honey Wine), Hard Ciders (Apples), and traditional Wines (Grape, Fruit) and is a PA Preferred Limited Winery. The PA Preferred designation means that 75% of King View uses comes from within Pennsylvania. With a focus on helping the beekeeping community in a fun way, King View connects and guides new beekeepers to education and donates beehive equipment to small beekeepers. Beekeepers, in turn, produce more honey more food and supply King View to create mead that we all enjoy. Supporting us helps support your local food supply, a healthy bee population, beekeepers, and helps us all grow, a true, win, win! In our first year, we were named one of the top 10 wineries to save the world by Epicure Magazine.

At KingView, we like to say, “Have a drink, save the world!”


FEBRUARY 10

Britain Hill Venue & Vineyard

The Helm’s purchased the property in 2017. Being visionaries and entrepreneurs at heart, Ken and Debbie began a family-owned and operated winery and special events venue in beautiful Lancaster County.

Ken’s skills as a contractor, in addition to winemaking, afforded him the ability to construct a truly custom, beautifully handcrafted bank barn that allows an elegant yet rustic experience that can only be described as simple country elegance. With hard work and appreciation of the outdoors, Ken and Debbie’s vision grew, bringing sustainable agriculture and agri-tourism full circle by opening the first winery to the Little Britain area of Quarryville, Pa.


Road Trip Wines

RoadTrip Wines is a micro-winery established to produce premier wines from the best grape-growing regions in the world. Each wine produced is handcrafted in small batches and carefully blended to produce distinctive yet very approachable wines. The production facility is located in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County. The winery is not open to the public. They started production of their first commercial batches in late 2020. RoadTrip wines are now available for sale and will soon be featured in several local restaurants. Future plans include opening a tasting room near the winery!


Adams County Winery

Adams County Winery opened its doors in 1975 in Orrtanna, PA, and is currently Pennsylvania’s fifth oldest operating winery. The Farm Winery location in Orrtanna sits on 40 acres of beautiful rolling hills and farmland. The winery operates out of an 1860’s bank barn and is a registered historic bank barn of Adams County. In 1988, their Tears of Gettysburg was born and remains one of the oldest wines in Pennsylvania. They grow five different varieties of grapes, with a vineyard that spans 15 acres!


Crossing Vineyards

The lovely grounds of this historic property offer a unique setting for weddings, rehearsal dinners, concerts, private parties, and corporate gatherings. Crossing also features a wide variety of recurring wine tasting events, such as Yoga and Mimosas, Wine, Cheese and Charcuterie, seasonal Food and Wine Pairings, and the ever-popular Tarot Card Reading and Wine Tasting. Book wine tastings and special events online. New Light Bites menu now available! A complete calendar of activities, tasting options, pricing, and availability are listed on the website at www.crossingvineyards.com


Original 13 Ciderworks

Original 13 Ciderworks, set up in a hundred-yearold former train depot at 1526 N. American St. in Kensington, produces over a dozen flavors of cider, from its original Semi-Dry to Deep Blueberry Sea, and their line of dry Atacama ciders.

Sir Charles Hard Cider, the flagship brand, is named after the grandfather of founder John Kowchak, who lived upstate and each year made a 50-gallon batch of cider and delivered it to friends in milk jugs on Christmas Eve. Original 13’s bar also pours Pennsylvania-made wine, beer, and spirits, but – as they say in the apple game – cider is the core of the business.


Wayne Winery & Vineyard

Wayvine Winery & Vineyard originally began as a grape plot in 2008 with 3,000 vines planted on the family farm. Now, 14,000 vines make up the eleven unique varieties of grapes grown on-premises in the rural town of Nottingham, Southern Chester County, PA. All of the estate wines are available at the tasting room and in select local restaurants.