While the Philadelphia area may not be a place you immediately associate with wineries, you might be surprised to know there are some really great ones in the area. The climate, abundance of water, and gentle hills are ideal for growing grapes, which is why there are some delicious flavors appealing to different tastebuds. Here is a list of some of the best wineries to check out around Philadelphia –
Bishop Estate Vineyard and Winery
Bishop Estate Vineyard and Winery, located in Perkasie, offers 20 different types of wine. Under an hour from Philadelphia, you can visit the farm to enjoy wine tastings and decide for yourself what you like. From their Cabernet Sauvignon aged in whiskey barrels to a delicious Merlot to a dry and sweet Riesling, there is plenty on offer. Check out lots of frequent events including food trucks, live music, fire pits, and other entertainment on the farm depending on the time of the year.
Buckingham Valley Vineyards & Winery
Set on over 40 acres, Buckingham Valley Vineyards & Winery is about 50 minutes away from Philadelphia and is one of the oldest wineries in the area – owned and operated by the Forest family since 1970. Starting from five acres, the vineyard has now expanded to over 40 acres. Offering more than two dozen varieties, you have a myriad of choices whether you enjoy a light white wine or an oak-aged, full-bodied red. It is also the only local winery to produce Methode Champenoise sparkling wine. Choose from different tours and tastings on your next visit here.
Rose Bank Winery
Situated 40 minutes north of Philadelphia in Newtown PA, Rose Bank Winery offers a selection of handcrafted wines that appeal to every palate. Taken over by the Fleming family in 2001, Rose Bank Winery not only offers delicious wines produced and bottled locally but is also has a venue for large parties and weddings. The land where Rose Bank Winery sits on was part of the original deed from William Penn to his daughters. Its stone house and barn not only capture the history of the region but also overlook lush greenery for a truly stunning vista. From reds and whites to specialty and fruit wines, there is so much to try here.
Rushland Ridge Vineyard and Winery
Rushland Ridge Vineyard and Winery, situated just 45 minutes away from Philadelphia and is run by the Ullman family who started their winegrowing efforts in 1968 on Kings Oak Farm in Huntington Valley. In 1986, Husband and wife, Ed and Lisa, purchased 22 acres of the Rushland Ridge Vineyard and started planting native grapes and French American hybrids. The winery was then officially opened in 1991. Today, there are more than a dozen types of wines produced and bottled here with options like Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and their newest varietal – Traminette.
Sand Castle Winery
Sand Castle Winery was started in 1974 as a way to combine American and European traditions around wine growing. All wines are produced and grown on the property with attention to great quality whether Chardonnay, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, or Riesling. You can also enjoy learning more about the art of winemaking. The winery’s 21,000-square-foot chateau comes with a Grand Hall, Garden Terrace, a large tasting room, and a massive wine cellar.
With so many wineries within a short drive from Philadelphia, you never have to travel too far!