The Philadelphia countryside truly has the perfect conditions for winemaking, with gently rolling hills, a temperate climate, and large bodies of water that nurture warmer soil.
A wine tasting is not just an opportunity to sip, savor, and enjoy a scenic route, but an opportunity to glimpse the art, soul, and experience that goes into the making of every bottle.
Set in lush landscapes with unbelievable scenery and nature as far as the eye can see, these wine trails in Philadelphia are the perfect afternoon or weekend getaway. The best part? No matter where you are in the countryside, you are never more than 45 minutes away from a winery (and if that’s not a reason to visit, we don’t know what is!).
Brandywine Valley Wine Trail
In 2003, a group of wineries in Chester County came together to create the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail. Each of the wineries in this trail, spread across a beautiful, historic area, are within easy driving distance of each other and have their own distinct personality.
Tour the vineyards, visit the cellars for a taste, and picnic on the beautiful grounds. With each one hosting regular wine dinners, craft fairs, wine tastings, concerts, and trail-wide festivals, there are many opportunities for spending a blissful afternoon, evening, or weekend.
The wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail include Old Stone Cider, Kreutz Creek Vineyards, Harvest Ridge Winery, 1723 Vineyards, and Paradocx Vineyard.
Montgomery County Wine Trail
The smallest wine trail in the region with just four wineries, the trail nonetheless offers more than 30 varieties of wine. These include French Hybrid Whites, Reserve Reds, Meads, Fruit Wines (100%, with no added flavor) Dessert Wines, Ciders, some fantastic Port wines, and even veggie wines!
The wineries of this trail are Country Creek Vineyard and Winery, Stone & Key Cellars, Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow Winery, and A’Dello Vineyard and Winery. These four wineries sit amid scenery like gorgeous golf courses, historic stone houses, and 18th century taverns.
On this wine trail, you can also learn how to make wine. At Cardinal Hollow Winery, you get to see how the grapes are grown, harvested, processed, and handled, while at Stone & Key Cellars, you get to enhance your appreciation for fine wine and winemaking traditions with hands-on experience.
Bucks County Wine Trail
Instead of a trail-wide ticket, Bucks County Wine Trail invites visitors to visit each winery at their leisure.
Bucks County Wine Trail is made up of six wineries: Buckingham Valley Vineyards, Crossing Vineyards, Rose Bank Winery, Rushland Ridge Vineyard & Winery, and Sand Castle Winery. With individual tasting experiences, special events, and on-site tours, wine lovers can meet the experts behind the bottle and learn about local heritage. Perfect for a fun day out, weekend getaway, or mini vacay.