Cheers to October in Pennsylvania — the perfect time to enjoy wine!
Pennsylvania is home to more than 200 wineries, and the autumn grape harvest means the 31 days of October are a natural fit for Pennsylvania Wine Month.
The Philadelphia region is ideal for producing wine, thanks to the temperate climate, gently rolling hills and large bodies of water that create warmer soil for a long growing season that helps Pennsylvania wineries produce more than one million gallons of wine every year.
Dozens of events and tastings are scheduled throughout the month for seasoned wine drinkers and newcomers to sample and learn more about regional wines.
Bars and restaurants around Philadelphia have special Wine Month programming planned throughout the month, including happy hour deals, curated flights and by-the-glass specials.
Tria Rittenhouse and Washington Square West will pour a different Pennsylvania wine every Sunday in October. Guests at “Sunday School” can learn about local wineries like Karamoor Estate in Forth Washington and Penns Woods Winery in Chadds Ford.
At Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro in Midtown Village, where more than 60 wines are available by the glass, the focus is all local. Happy hour specials will focus on Pennsylvania pours, including wines from Karamoor Estate.
The wine flights at Martha in Kensington feature a selection from Va La Vineyards in Chester County. And on Monday, October 22, the weekly “Martha Monday” series will be all about Penns Woods Winery. Patrons can get half-price Chardonnay pours, meet the tasting room manager and enjoy a free tasting.
Wine Month offerings at The Love in Rittenhouse include $10 glasses of Gaeln Glen’s Fossil Vineyard Riesling and other by-the-glass discounts of the restaurant’s normal bottle offerings.
Pennsylvania is the fifth-largest grower of grapes in the U.S. and ranks seventh in the nation for the number of wineries. Local vineyards produce Pinot Noir, Riesling, fruit wines and many more varieties.
Many of the vintners have joined forces to create three wine trails through Pennsylvania’s countryside — all within a short drive from Philadelphia. 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.
Most vineyards host special Wine Month events, making October the perfect time for a day or weekend trip along the trails. The popular Drink Local Wine Week returns to Penns Woods Winery with buy-one-get-one deals, bottle discounts and free tastings. The Bucks County Wine Trail hosts its Harvest Celebration in mid-October, when guests can samples wines from several local vineyards, as well as freshly pressed grape juices that haven’t yet been fermented.
For more on the wineries of southeastern Pennsylvania, check out our complete Wineries and Vineyards Trail of Greater Philadelphia.