Tucked inside a Victorian farmhouse that sits on 30 acres of lush, green hills is a refined tasting room where visitors can stop by during the season to sample their white merlot—a rosé made with strawberry, peach, and apricot notes with a touch of vanilla—or their Grüner Veltliner, a dry white vino that combines lime citrus notes with soft green apple. For double the fun, be on the lookout for their list of activities you can't miss out on, including jazz festivals, cupcake and wine pairings, and luxury sports car shows.
After cruising through scenic country roads, you’ll arrive at this rustic, one-story farmhouse where you can sample pours of refreshing, semi-dry white Solé, which is made from Vidal Blanc grapes—or the bolder red vino called Good Karma, which features hints of light strawberry-cherry flavors. The appeal doesn't stop at wines: yogis can come out on Mondays where classes are taught, while food fanatics can enjoy fresh, wood-fire pizza on Thursdays, Saturdays, or Sundays to dine al fresco with a bottle or two.
Thirty miles from Philly near Kennett Square lies one of the oldest and largest wine producers in the state. Boasting European charm, this winery offers popular sips, including the award-winning Sunset Blush, a rosé with just the right touch of sweetness, and the Barrel Select Chardonnay, a tropical fruit and vanilla blend with an oak finish. Enjoy your bottle with a picnic lunch, or one of the nearby food truck's barbecue pulled-pork sandwiches, out on the terrace for an indulgent experience.
Amidst rows of grapevines lining the low-sloping hills stands a white, mission-style estate with red-tile roofing—reminiscent of the wineries in Sonoma, California. Take in sweeping, panoramic views before entering the bright tasting room featuring high-vault ceilings. Try their Turtle Rock Red and variations of Chambourcin—featuring moderate tannins and cherry-berry flavors—which is the star grape of the Lehigh Valley area.
For a non-traditional approach to wine tasting complete with a 1960s vibe, check out this kitsch spot nestled in a secluded forest about 90 miles from Philly. Enter the wooden doors designed with peace signs, and into a cavernous lair with Star Trek figurines lining the walls. Here, their chocolate wines steal the show: think Chocolate Bon Aire Grave, the right mix of cocoa and red velvet, or Oompa Loompa, a contrast of light pear sweetness against bitter dark chocolate. Outside are tables where you can eat and drink at your leisure—and if the mood suits you, play some disco golf.