Thirsty for fall’s bounty? We thought so.
Autumn in the Philadelphia region means hearty harvest celebrations of pumpkins, gourds, apples, squash and more — including grapes.
October marks the harvest season at regional wineries and Pennsylvania Wine Month gives wine drinkers the chance to learn more about — and taste more of — local wine.
As the fifth-largest grower of grapes in the nation, Pennsylvania’s wineries produce more than a million gallons of wine per year and, in southeastern Pennsylvania, our geography, climate and growing conditions mirror those of the Bordeaux Region in France.
Throughout the month of October, dozens of events celebrating PA wines, wineries and winemakers are set for both on and off of vineyards.
PA Wine Month Happy Hours
In Philadelphia, the local vino flows during happy hours at wine-focused restaurants and bars around town for the entire month.
At Tria Rittenhouse, happy hour menus include $7 glasses of PA wines (Monday-Thursday, 4-7 p.m.) and weekly “Sunday School” specials feature PA wineries.
In Philadelphia’s Historic District, Panorama pours limited-production PA wines by the glass, bottle and, during happy hour Sunday through Friday, in tasting flights.
Jet Wine Bar on South Street offers up special pricing on wines by-the-glass and flights from the likes of Galen Glen, Stargazers and Va La.
And over at Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro in Midtown Village, the chalkboard menu of specials includes three PA wines for $12 a glass or a flight for $20 available from open to close every day of the week.
Wineries and Vineyards of Greater Philadelphia
Many of the Philadelphia area’s wineries grow their own grapes; others buy them locally, resulting in a tremendous spirit of cooperation among vintners.
Several vintners have joined together to establish three wine trails in Philadelphia’s countryside: The Brandywine Valley Wine Trail bridges Chester County wineries; the Bucks County Wine Trail unites wineries just north of Philadelphia; and the Montgomery County Wine Trail runs northwest of the city.
Visitors can spend an afternoon or weekend touring the trails, especially during wine month when wineries host special events — think Vinyasa Yoga & Wine Tasting at Crossing Vineyards & Winery and Drink Local Wine Week at Penns Woods Winery.
For more on the wineries of southeastern Pennsylvania, check out our complete Wineries and Vineyards Trail of Greater Philadelphia.