Sure, Pennsylvania has plenty of great craft breweries to visit and enjoy relatively safely during the coronavirus pandemic. But what’s a wine lover to do?
Well, the commonwealth’s oenophiles are in luck, too. Pennsylvania, in fact, is home to more than 300 wineries — and in Philadelphia, we’re close to more than a few of them. If you’re looking for a wine-centric journey without going too far from home, consider yourself seen.
We’ve rounded up 10 Pennsylvania wineries all within about 100 miles of Center City — so feel free to plan a day trip, if you’re comfortable going out right now. Whether you’re looking to sip some vino in a beautiful setting, or maybe just take a bottle or two home, we’ve got you covered.
Check out the list below:
One of Craig LaBan’s favorite suburban Philadelphia wineries in 2017, this spot captures the “Forth Washing terroir” with its wines — a favorite of which is their chardonnay. To check them out, book an upcoming tour and wine tasting with an al fresco dining experience featuring a menu by nearby restaurant From the Boot.
Don’t miss: For a little wildlife along with your wine trip, check out the Elmwood Park Zoo, located just 15 minutes away.
Grab a glass or enjoy a tasting on Penns Woods’ outdoor lawn (noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, purchase of a prepackaged meal box required), but make sure you make a reservation first if you’re going on the weekend. Or, if you’re just swinging by, arrange a curbside pickup (available daily) by calling ahead or ordering online.
Founded in 2000, this Bucks County winery has outdoor seating available seven days a week (noon to 6 p.m. daily, reservations for tastings recommended) — and also offers special events like socially distanced outdoor live music and yoga sessions. Can’t make it during normal hours? Wait for a Thursday, when the winery is open until 9 p.m.
Don’t miss: Want a little outdoor American history with your trip? Washington Crossing Historic Park is just five minutes away.
Enjoy a social distanced, outdoor wine experience at the Pour House, New Hope Winery’s on-site restaurant, where you can get everything from heirloom tomato salads to a New York strip steak (noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday). Or, you can keep it simple and order ahead online for some takeaway.
Don’t miss: Few things go together like shopping and wine, and Peddler’s Village — located just over a mile away — has got you covered there.
Outdoor seating is available at this Chester County winery, where you can enjoy wine by the glass or bottle, or a wine tasting (reservations welcome, open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday). Food-wise, you can expect everything from hot dogs to full Sunday brunches with omelets and artichoke flatbreads. Curbside pickup is also available.
Founded in 1985, Clover Hill is among the longest-running wineries in Pennsylvania, and, with a production volume of 80,000 gallons a year, it’s also one of the highest-producing. Currently, they are open for visitors to enjoy food and wine by the glass outdoors in Breinigsville (10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday), or call-ahead curbside pickup and to-go purchases.
Don’t miss: To check out another popular Pennsylvania winery without even leaving Breinigsville, take a five-minute trip up the road to Vynecrest Vineyards & Winery.
You might not be able to fly to Tuscany right now, but you can come close by heading to Folino Estate, which is modeled after an Italian villa and features Italian fare like wood-fired pizzas and handmade pastas. Reservations for the tasting room are required, but outdoor seating in the piazza and terrace are fist-come, first served (noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, 7 p.m. for the tasting room). Curbside pickup is also available.
You can have wine by glass and flights on Galen Glen’s outdoor patio and pavilion, which provides a panoramic view of their rolling Schuylkill County digs. Packaged food is available, and food trucks — such as Bad Bones BBQ — sometimes make appearances. Bottles and cases are also available to-go and for curbside pickup.
Don’t miss: For a classic Pocono Mountains experience, head north about 13 miles to the beautiful town of Jim Thorpe, which provides plenty of history and scenic views.
Established in 1997, this Lancaster County winery sits on 35 acres of land that produce 150 tons of wine grapes annually. Take a trip to Amish Country to enjoy some European wines outdoors on Waltz’s sprawling lawn for some stunning views (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday). But if you just are stopping by, curbside pickup is also available.
Don’t miss: You don’t get many chances to see wolves in Pennsylvania, but just 9 miles away from this winery at the Wolf Sanctuary of PA, you can see dozens of them — provided you’ve booked a tour.
There is no shortage of outdoor seating on this Monroe County winery’s 100-acre plot, and you don’t even need to make a reservation to enjoy its outstanding views (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday). A full food menu is available, and you can wash it all down with everything from wine (and wine slushies!) to moonshine.