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Wineries near Philadelphia

There are four counties (Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery, also called the Philadelphia countryside; Visit Philadelphia, 2016) close to Philadelphia in which several wine producers are located. Table 12.2 shows the county and city/town where the wineries are located, the names of the wineries, if the wineries have adjacent vineyards, the distance of the winery from Philadelphia and if the wineries have special events in addition to tastings. Most of the wineries produce several varietals and some produce wine from other fruits. In Bucks County, there is no more than 15 miles (24 km) between each winery. In Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties, this distance is 12 miles (19 km), 10 miles (16 km) and 12 miles (19 km), respectively. While there are several wineries in this area, the Philadelphia countryside does not have the same winery-centred tourism as Napa Valley.

Philadelphia countryside attractions

Unlike Napa Valley, Philadelphia has a humid continental climate. The city and its surrounding counties are situated on flat land, which does not drain efficiently (The Pennsylvania State Climatologist, n.d.). These factors contribute to an environment that is less conducive to growing grapes. Also, the four counties that comprise the Philadelphia countryside have a greater total population (US Census Bureau, n.d.a.) than Napa County (US Census Bureau, n.d.b.). However, each of these four counties has less land area and a greater ratio of residents per square mile. In other words, Napa County has more land available to grow grapes. The population and climate differences, however, do not mean that the Philadelphia countryside’s wineries do not have much to offer in terms of attractions.

Most of the wineries located in each of the four counties have wine tastings. Several also host special events, such as weddings, corporate events

Table 12.2. Wineries near Philadelphia.

County

City/town

Name

Vineyard

Distance from Philadelphia (in miles/km)

Special

events

Bucks

Buckingham

Buckingham Valley Vineyards and Winery

Yes

379/ 60.9

Tastings

Only

Bucks

Washington

Crossing

Crossing Vineyard and Winery

Yes

34.5/55.5

Yes

Bucks

New Hope

The New Hope Winery

No

40.2/64.7

Yes

Bucks

Chalfont

Peace Valley Winery

No

34.2/55

Yes

Bucks

Newtown

Rose Bank Vineyard

Yes

31.9/51.3

Yes

Bucks

Jamison

Rushland Ridge Vineyard and Winery

Yes

28.8/46.3

Tastings

Only

Bucks

Erwinna

Sand Castle Winery

No

477/76.7

Yes

Bucks

Quakertown

Unami Ridge Winery

No

45.8/73.7

Tastings

Only

Bucks

Furlong

Wycombe Vineyards

Yes

372/59.8

Tastings

only

Chester

Coatesville

Black Walnut Winery

No

476/76.6

Yes

Chester

Landenberg

Borderland Vineyard

Yes

50.7/81.6

Yes

Chester

Kennett

Square

Flickerwood Wine Cellars

No

38.7/62.2

Yes

Chester

Kennett

Square

Galer Estate Vineyard

Yes

36.6/58.9

Yes

Chester

West Grove

Kreutz Creek Vineryards

Yes

45.9/73.8

Yes

Chester

Landenberg

Paradocx Vineyard

Yes

475/76.4

Yes

Chester

Coatesville

Stargazers Winery

No

46.5/74.8

Yes

Chester

Avondale

Va La Vineyards

Yes

43.7/70.3

Yes

Delaware

Chadds Ford

Chaddsford Winery

No

36.0/579

Yes

Delaware

Chadds Ford

Penn Woods Winery

No

28.0/45.0

Yes

Montgomery

Landsdale

Boyd’s Hollow Cardinal Winery

No

26.0/41.8

Yes

Montgomery

Telford

County Creek Winery

Yes

36.8/59.2

Yes

Montgomery

Landsdale

Patone Cellars

Yes

26.0/41.8

No

tastings/

eventsa

Note: aWinery is not open to the public.

and bridal showers. Some wineries have concerts or music nights, game nights, wine and cooking classes, and holiday dinners/parties. In addition to wineries, the Philadelphia countryside has many other attractions.

All four counties have much for visitors to experience. Visitors will find shopping, historical sites and museums, outdoor recreation and restaurants.

Bucks County has attractions, such as the Washington Crossing Historic Park, several golf clubs, brewery and distillery tours, and theatres. Chester County’s attractions include Longwood Gardens, historic towns and the Brandywine Ballet. Delaware County offers the Brandywine River Art Museum, the Brandywine River Antiques Market and several theatres. Valley Forge Park, Valley Forge Casino Resort and the Bryn Athyn Historic District are just a few of the attractions in Montgomery County.

Unlike Napa Valley, these varied and numerous attractions do complement wineries, but they do not incorporate the wineries as part of the tourism experience. For example, visitors can take bike tours of Napa Valley vineyards. The Philadelphia countryside does not have this activity. The issue of integrating wineries into attractions offered by other entities is one that should be considered when determining if the San Francisco-Napa Valley relationship could be facilitated in Pennsylvania.

 
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