If you’ve always wanted to take a trip to wine country, but feel that trips to well-known places like Napa and Sonoma Valley are just not in your timeframe and budget, try local wine trails instead.
Many states have wine trails that are just as much fun as the major players in the wine industry, and are much more affordable and easy to get to. Just a short drive outside of Philadelphia are the Southeast Pennsylvania Wine Trails, where small wineries offer tastings and tours year-round.
Several wine trails make up the Southeast PA wine trails area. The Bucks County Wine Trail, Berks County Wine Trail and Brandywine Wine Trail all make it easy for groups to travel to several wineries in one outing.
Some of the wineries, like Chaddsford Winery, are larger establishments with wines that can be found across the country. Other smaller wineries are family owned and operated, and give a more authentic country feel to the overall tasting experience.
Pennsylvania is also known for its fruit wines, so you’ll be sipping on strawberry, blackberry and raspberry wines in addition to the grape varietals.
When visiting one of these wine trails, you can either stay in Philadelphia and drive to the wine trails, or stay in a hotel, inn or B&B in the countryside. Local van, limo and bus rentals can handle transportation for a fee so that you can really enjoy the day of touring wineries and tasting all of the great reds, whites and fruit wines.
Just be sure to set aside enough time for a visit to one of the area’s many spas in between tastings.
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