Ultimate Guide to Wine Trails in Central PA

    Imagine yourself traveling to wine vineyards in lush mountains that overlook all of Pennsylvania’s natural beauty. There are three Central PA wine trails: the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, the Hershey-Harrisburg Wine Country Trail and the Sweet Arrow Trail.

    But which trail is best for you? The Mason-Dixon Wine Trail features 13 wineries in the Dutch Country Roads region.

    With plenty of options against a Pennsylvania backdrop of the country and rivers, this trail would be a perfect option for wine and nature lovers.

    They Hershey-Harrisburg Wine Country Trail also has many wineries to visit. Fourteen scenic wineries will make your trip unforgettable. Does your wine trail group include children? The Hershey-Harrisburg Wine Country Trail includes family-friendly activities. Between visiting wineries, you can see what else this area has to offer, like the Hershey Chocolate Factory or the Pennsylvania state capitol.

     

    Looking for a smaller wine trail? The Sweet Arrow Trail has three beautiful wineries near the Swatara Creek watershed. Enjoy the views as you sip tasty wines.

    What Is on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail?

    The Mason-Dixon Wine Trail’s wineries are scenic and beautiful. There’s something for everyone on this York County wine trail.

     Mason Dixon Trail

    • Crosswinds Winery at Hershey: Located in Hummelstown, the Crosswinds Winery at Hershey has several award-winning wines. Their Riesling wines won awards at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. They also won bronze medals for their 2014 Chardonnay, 2014 High Flying White and 2015 Fly Boy Rosé in the 2017 Farm Show Wine Competition. A bottle of wine costs around $15 to $23. They’re open Fridays from noon to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. They have an upcoming Harry Potter Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 28, where they’ll host a wine-paired seven-course dinner.

     

    • Maple Lawn Winery: New Park is the home of Maple Lawn Winery. Their inspiration from nature, pride in their farm and farm-to-table ideology make this winery a must-stop. Specializing in peach blossom and apple blossom wines, they also make a hard cider. If you’re wondering why this list seems a bit small, it’s because this winery is relatively new to the market, starting in 2015. Their wines became a success, and they plan to keep trying new things as they continue to produce delicious wines. You can visit them between June 17 and Dec. 17, and they’re open on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

     

    • The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey: Wines, microbrews and ciders are all present at this winery in Middletown. They make more than 60,000 bottles of wine. Choose from full-bodied reds to crisp whites, and don’t overlook their extensive craft beer selection that includes ales, lagers IPAs and more. They also make three delicious hard ciders: Presidential Peanut Butter, Huzzah Honeycrisp and Articles of Impearment. Check out when the wine tasting room and brewery are open. The vineyard hosts fun events like Yoga Wine Down, where you can relax, stretch and drink some wine.

     

    • Spring Gate Farms and Vineyards: This Harrisburg winery has an impressive collection of still wines, sparkling wines and ciders. Bottles range from $12 to $27. One of their more whimsical drinks is the wine slushie, an adult take on a favorite childhood treat. The vineyard participates in festivals, including Oktoberfest from Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 and Oct. 6-8. There’s always something happening at this vineyard, whether it’s their fall events like Pumpkinpalooza, tasting their Pumpkin Spice Cider or just checking out their tasting and tapping menu. They’re open on Thursdays from 3 to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 8:30 p.m.

     

    • Thunder Ridge Vineyards: This winery in Spring Grove offers plenty of dry, semi-sweet and sweet wines. The tasting menu has seven to nine wines. If you visit and can’t make up your mind on what to try, they offer a flight where you can choose up to four wines. Thunder Ridge has 39 varieties of grapes, and some are unique to the area. If you want something local and special to the area, ask what wines are made from La Crescent, Pinotage, Vignoles and Gruner Veltliner grapes. They also sell their grapes to local businesses and home winemakers. Need something to soak up the wine in your stomach? How does a brick-oven pizza sound? For those with a sweet tooth, their s’mores are a must-try. For special events, they also have a pavilion you can rent. See their calendar for hours and what days the pavilion is open.

     Thunder Ridge Trail

    • Naylor Wine Cellars: Stewartstown is home to this picturesque 80-acre vineyard. This winery has been in the business for about 40 years and has an extensive wine menu, a pavilion you can rent for special events — and they even have an online store. You can choose from dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet and sweet wines that range from $13 to $25. Naylor Wine Cellars is celebrating the turn of the season with a Fall Harvest & Music Festival on Sept. 30. If you love their wines, you can join their wine club. Each quarter, the vineyard selects three to six bottles to send to you with the wine club discount. They’re open Mondays-Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

     

    • Mount Hope Estate & Winery: Located in Manheim, this winery has four unique series of wines: Mead Series, New World Series, Specialty Series and Vinifera Series. Since this winery is also home to the PA Renaissance Faire, consider taking your trip back in time and experience wine with a world of knights and kings. They also host regular wine tastings, and you can plan a private formal wine tasting for your group. The Mount Hope Estate & Winery is open Mondays-Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

     

    • Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery: Wrightsville is where you can find the Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery, Cider House and Tap Room. The winery is a French country chateau with a view of the Susquehanna River, making this an ideal place to host events like weddings. The wine list hits every mark, including specialty wines. Bottles range from $13 to $32. They also sell craft beer. Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery has live music on weekends year-round, so check the calendar and see what festivities the winery has planned for that day. They’re open Mondays-Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m., Fridays from noon to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

     

    • Logan’s View Winery: Loganville is home to this quaint winery that offers white, fruit, red, rosé and blended wines that range from $14 to $18. In addition to their regular wine list, they also offer limited-time specialty wines throughout the year, like their Iced Apple wine. They’re open Mondays-Fridays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

     

    • High Rock Winery: Located in Hanover, this winery has dry, semi-sweet, sweet and fruit wines that are refreshing and delicious. The winery started with Cindy Sterner in 1999. By 2006, she had won best of show at the York County Fair, and she decided to sell her wines. High Rock Winery is open Mondays-Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Fridays-Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

     

    • Hauser Estate Winery: Located in Biglerville, this winery has gorgeous views of the historic Gettysburg area. Taste red, white, sweet and reserve wines that range from $14 to $25 a bottle. They also make tasty cider. They’re open Mondays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays-Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. If you’re traveling with a group of eight or more, be sure to make a reservation.

     

    • Four Springs Winery: Visit Seven Valleys to enjoy the Four Springs Winery. They’re open Fridays from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. Choose from mature reds to fruity and floral whites. They also sell gourmet food and gift baskets. Enjoy a refreshing glass of wine in a quiet and beautiful setting.


     

    What Is on the Hershey-Harrisburg Wine Country Trail?

    Another long trail, the Hershey-Harrisburg Wine Country Trail has many unique options for wine drinkers.

     

    • West Hanover Winery: This Harrisburg wine trail standout has a large wine selection that offers something for everyone. Their Cabernet Franc won double gold and gold several years in a row. West Hanover Winery hosts events like weddings and anniversaries, and you can even order personalized wine labels. They also participate in concerts and festivals, and all you have to do is call for more information. Winery hours are Mondays from 2 to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

     West Hanover Winery

    • The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey: This attraction is also a stop on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail.

     

    • The Vineyard at Grandview: Amid the rolling hills of Mount Joy is the Vineyard at Grandview. Their vinifera grapes make fine wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Chardonnay. Bottles of wine are priced between $15 and $35. Drop in to their Free Music Fridays or Saturday Cigar and Wine Nights for an enjoyable evening. They’re open Fridays from 1 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

     

    • Spring Gate Farms and Vineyards: Central PA’s wine trails all include this winery.

     

    • Nissley Vineyards & Winery Estate: Tour the Nissley Vineyards & Winery Estate in Bainbridge. The tour takes you around the winery, and you get to learn how the wine-making process works. Visitors are also welcome to bring a carry-in picnic. Nissley bottles cost between $12 and $22. Visit them Mondays-Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

     

    • Mount Hope Estate & Winery: They’re also on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail.

     

    • Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery: See the list for the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail.

     

    • The Winery at Hunters Valley: This Liverpool winery has pride in locally grown fruits that they turn into delicious wines. Ranging from $10 to $16 a bottle, the variety of flavors will appease everyone. The winery has upcoming live music events throughout October. They’re open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 a.m. to 5 p.m.

     

    • Cullari Vineyards & Winery: Located in Hershey, this winery makes all kinds of wines. Their 2011 Gold Medal Winner, Coco Nostra, is a best-selling chocolate wine. You can purchase bottles of wine for $10 to $17. Cullari provides guides for wine tasting and how to take care of your wine. This includes transportation, storage, serving and the expected shelf life for their wines after they leave the storeroom. Visit their vineyard Wednesdays-Fridays from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

     

    • Cassel Vineyards of Hershey: When you’re traveling in Hummelstown, come to Cassel Vineyards of Hershey, which won the vote for Pennlive’s Finest Pennsylvania Winery. With a collection of white, red and specialty wines in their stores, it won’t be difficult to find something delicious to drink. Bottles cost around $10 to $20. Fridays and Saturdays usually have free live music to enjoy. They have a strong sense of community and local pride. They even welcome volunteers to help pick the grapes when it’s harvest time. The winery is open Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Fridays-Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

     Cassel Vineyards Listings

    • Buddy Boy Winery & Vineyard: When you’re in Duncannon, make sure to stop at the Buddy Boy Winery & Vineyard. Their wines have won many awards, the most recent in the 2016 Pennsylvania Wine Competition and the 2016 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. Bottles range from $10 to $30. You can visit Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

     

    • Broad Mountain Vineyard: Visit Elizabethville to taste red, fruit and white wines along with hard ciders on tap. They offer meat and cheese boards, but you’re also welcome to bring a picnic from home. If you enjoy your visit and love their wine, they also ship from their online store. Broad Mountain Vineyard is open Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

     

    • Armstrong Valley Winery: Located in Halifax, Armstrong Valley Winery has a catalog of wines and ciders. Pick from blush, dry, fruit, port, red, semis, sparkling, sweet and white wines and their two ciders. Bottles average from $14 to $25. They’re open Mondays-Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

     

    • Adams Vintners: Come to Annville and see Lebanon County’s first and only winery. Choose from cask-aged Merlot to select dry wines, or pick a seasonal wine. When you visit, make sure to check out their labs, where they experiment with new recipes and techniques to create the best-tasting wines. You can partake in the fun on Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

    What Is on the Sweet Arrow Trail?

    The Sweet Arrow Trail has a small selection of wineries that are also on the other two longer trails. This trail is perfect for a relaxed trip where you don’t have an extensive list of destinations to visit.

     Sweet Arrow Wine Trail

    • CrossWinds Winery at Hershey: Also on the Mason-Dixon Trail.
    • Cassel Vineyards of Hershey: Also on the Hershey-Harrisburg Wine Country Trail.
    • Spring Gate Farms and Vineyards: This winery is on all three trails.

    The smaller number of offerings allows you to visit the wineries with a calm and laid-back attitude. The trail provides several other entertainment options, in addition to the wineries. You can visit City Island in Harrisburg, a historical site from the Civil War. Check out the batting cages and arcade and enjoy a meal riverside.

     

    Central PA wineries are some of the best-kept tourism secrets in the Keystone State and an excellent way to while away a pleasant fall day while sipping delicious wine.

     

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