The vibrant hue of bold red. The floral nose of a crisp white. The dedicated art of winemakers who pour their heart, soul and experience into every bottle.
When you go wine tasting it’s not about sipping and savouring, although it’s certainly an enjoyable part of the day. It’s about experiencing a year-long process fueled by passion and getting a taste of craftsmanship.
The gentle rolling hills, deep well-drained soils, and moderate climate combine to make the Countryside of Philadelphia one of the premier grape growing regions of the East Coast. Several vintners have joined together to establish two wine trails in Philadelphia’s Countryside: The Brandywine Valley Wine Trail (35 miles from Center City) bridges Chester County wineries and the Montgomery County Wine Trail (25 miles from Center City) runs northwest of the city.
Brandywine Valley Wine Trail
Beautiful estate vineyards in the rolling hills of Chester County, PA. Charming tasting rooms and barrel-aging cellars filled with premium wines that showcase the unique terroir of the region. Spanning scenic southeastern Pennsylvania between historic Philadelphia and the Amish countryside outside Lancaster, the six wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail are located within an easy drive of one another (within a 50 mile radius). Wine Trail wineries include Black Walnut Winery, Borderland Vineyard, Kreutz Creek Vineyards and Paradocx Vineyard.
All wineries are open year round for your enjoyment. So come visit the tasting rooms and learn more about the unique characteristics of Brandywine Valley Wine Country!
The Montgomery County Wine Trail
With only four wineries, the Montgomery County Wine Trail is Pennsylvania’s smallest wine trail and the region’s newest. Each of the four wineries coexist alongside old stone houses, 18th-century taverns and lush golf courses.
The trail features more than 30 varieties of wine, including Reserve Reds, French Hybrid Whites, 100 per cent Fruit Wines (no added flavors), Meads (Honey Wines), ciders, dessert wines and also amazing Port wines.
The wine trail wineries are in farmers markets like Lansdale, Glenside and Ambler. At Cardinal Hollow Winery, you can learn about how grapes are grown, harvested, processed and handled on the way to becoming wine whereas at Stone & Key Cellars, you can enhance your appreciation for fine wine and winemaking tradition with hands-on experience at a modern winery.
No matter where you are in the countryside, you are not more than 45 minutes from a winery.