Discover Pennsylvania’s fastest-growing wine region, the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail, consisting of nine family-owned wineries that have won countless regional, state, national, and international awards, including more than 50 for wines made from Chambourcin, the wine trail’s signature grape. The fertile farmlands of the area provide an ideal growing environment, and the area’s close proximity to Philadelphia and New York City make the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail a beautiful and easy escape for wine lovers across the Mid-Atlantic region.
Each of the nine family-owned wineries have their own unique way of enticing wine lovers from across the region during March Madness. “Travel the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail during March Madness for a wine and food excursion! Your passport entitles you to one wine and food pairing per winery any weekend in March. In addition, you will receive a commemorative tile trivet from the wine trail. Complete all nine wineries and you can enter your passport for prizes!” The last weekend of March features chicken medallions and pasta florentine, roasted red peppers, artichokes, and mushrooms in a lite garlic wine sauce paired with Chardonnay.
Amore Vineyards and Winery
Pride and passion are evident in every aspect of this winery. Their location in Bath, the narrow limestone belt of the Lehigh Valley gives the soil a rich array of minerals that add unique complexity to all of their wine. Join them for the AVA Celebration on April 24-25, an event designed to celebrate the taste of their wine.
Big Creek Vineyard
Located in Kresgeville, Big Creek Vineyard is as far north as you can get to grow an unprecedented quality of grapes. The south-facing slopes of the main vineyard capture what the winter sun offers, and along with the slate/shale soils, the variety of grape and the manner in which they are grown, help ensure a mature, healthy crop.
Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars
Blue Mountain’s winery is a bit unusual since the tasting room is quite large and very California style with lots of open beams and windows. A state of the art tank room is directly below the tasting room, and an observation area looks down into impressive oak barrels. An all-season deck, which is completely glassed-in, provides panoramic views of the Blue Mountains, the vineyards, and ponds. With events happening almost every weekend, you are sure to visit more than once!
Cherry Valley Vineyards
Resting at the base of the Appalachian mountains, Cherry Valley Vineyards is the perfect place to taste some of Pennsylvania’s finest wines. This year’s annual Murder Mystery Party is on April 9, at 6:30 pm, and includes dinner, dessert, and the show, with tickets on sale for $45. Come early for this event and take a tour of the breathtaking vineyards and the beautiful outdoor landscape.
Clover Hill Vineyard and Winery
Over the last 25 years, Clover Hill Vineyard and Winery has grown into one of Pennsylvania’s largest and finest producers of wine. Exciting things have been happening at the winery, with the opening of a brand new tasting room. Enjoy the wine that Clover Hill has to offer amidst the beautiful scenery.
Franklin Hill Vineyards
This family-owned and operated winery has been in business for 27 years, making it the oldest of the Lehigh Valley wineries. Located in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, Franklin Hill Vineyards offers panoramic views of the Delaware River Valley. The helpful and friendly staff are always to happy to assist you in choosing which wine suits your taste buds.
Galen Glen Vineyards and Winery
Located in Andrea, Galen Glen Vineyards and Winery have been producing some of Pennsylvania’s best wine people across the region. Continuing the 200-year Troxell farming tradition, owners Galen, an engineer, and Sarah, a chemist, have established a premium Vineyard on the family heirloom. Award-winning, handcrafted wines begin in the shale filled slopes of the hilltop vineyard and end in your glass.
Pinnacle Ridge is a small family-owned vineyard and winery operating in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. The winery is located in a charming, renovated Pennsylvania Bank Barn, and offerings emphasize sparkling wines and dry table wines. Pinnacle Ridge is one of the most awarded wineries in the state, producing delicious wine and an enticing environment.
Vynecrest Vineyards & Winery
This family-owned winery is housed in a 19th-century Swiss bank barn, where individual attention is given to both the award-winning wine and the customers. The tasting room includes a Vyneskeller Wine Bar and Patio providing a spectacular view of the vineyard and a warm, friendly atmosphere for wine enthusiasts and first-time tasters alike. Join them for their many special events including live music, which are open to the public.
The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is a fantastic way to spend an hour, an afternoon, or a weekend, taste-testing some of Pennsylvania’s best and award-winning wines. Which are your favorite of the 9 wineries on the trail?
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