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This article gives a brief history of the Pennsylvania wineries and wine industry and discusses a bit abou the wine tours that can be taken in the region.  There are over 90 wineries in Pennsylvania and they can also be experienced through the many food and wine festival events that occur throughout the year there as well.  Like the wine industry of Colorado, the wine industry began to become serious about creating wines in the region in the 70's. Read on for more neat stuff!


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Pennsylvania Wineries by Linda Jones McKee, Richard Carey



Pennsylvania is not somewhere that you would expect to find wine or wine tours for that matter if you do not know that much about wine in the first place. The majority of people that drink wine only think of wine centers as places like California, Australia, France, Italy and so on. Pennsylvania wineries and wine tours would not even enter their conscious. However, Pennsylvania wine tours have a unique and distinctive history that should be explored to its fullest extent. Pennsylvania wine began to filter into the common market when the Farm Winery Act was passed in 1978, but wine has been made there since the 1600s. Pennsylvania is in fact the first place in the United States that began to process grapes for wine. A wine lover should take one of the many Pennsylvania wine tours at least once in your life!

The first commercial vineyard in Pennsylvania was established in 1793, although it was not until much later that Pennsylvania wine tours actually came about. The wine producers were initially beset with a variety of problems. Everything from crop failure to grape varieties not taking to the earth properly. As a result, the wine industry of the 1800s was more or less defunct with no hope of revival. There were still some growers determined to make a go of it though, and a good job too because Pennsylvania wine tours would not be a part of the modern day culture otherwise.

Pennsylvania wine tours actually became pretty much established in the mid 1800s. They actually came about when an absolute genius decided to try the landscape of the lakes for wine growing. The vineyards around Lake Eerie were planted in the mid 19th Century after the Erie canal was built for irrigation purposes and Pennsylvania has never looked back. The first winery in the region, which is now a staple part of Pennsylvania wine tours, was the South Shore Wine Cellar. As the region is now conservative in nature and does not really produce wine to the extent that it did some years ago, it is generally off limits to the Pennsylvania wine tours. You can however see the region from the comfort of a car or a bus.

It has only been in the last thirty years or so, since 1978, that wine production in Pennsylvania has begun to flourish. It is only since the early 1980s that Pennsylvania wine tours have been established and have risen dramatically in popularity ever since. The weather and general environment of the region lends itself to great production of grapes and thus also of wine. The growth of the industry has been magnificent since then, and over 90 wineries are now included in the Pennsylvania wine tours for you to experience and fully appreciate just how much the industry has all grown in the last few years. Indeed, some of the wineries actually produce fruit wines unheard of in other wineries across the country. This will definitely enhance your experience of the Pennsylvania wine tours.

Pennsylvania wine tours can show you a top ten wine-producing region in the United States. You can find a huge variety of wine types in Pennsylvania and try the various types as a part of Pennsylvania wine tours. Whatever wine you are looking for, the likelihood is that you will find it here. Pennsylvania wine tours will give you a new and unique experience so be sure to book on one as soon as you can!

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Almost all of the major wine regions usually sponsor a wine tour, or have one of their own with their own winery. To get a better experience of the wines in a particular area, it is usually a good idea to take the wine tours that go to several wineries. They can be as simple as a bike tour to an expensive yacht trip.



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