Whether you’re a novice at wine tasting or an accomplished connoisseur, Lancaster County’s craft wineries and tasting rooms will be a real treat. White, red, dry, or sweet, we know you’ll find a varietal (or two!) to bring home as a delicious souvenir.
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Here are a few of our favorite Lancaster County wineries & tasting rooms:
Located inside the landmark Historic Smithton Inn B&B in Ephrata, Weathered Vineyards Ephrata is a cozy Wine Bar & Restaurant that also hosts live music during Spring, Summer and Autumn months. The wines tend to be variatals found in the Bordeaux-Burgandy region of France and are predominately dry or semi-sweet, although there are 1-2 solidly sweet wines available at any given time. Weathered Vineyard’s slogan is, “We’ll change the way you think about Pennsylvania Wines”. They even serve wine slushies! The food menu is “Mediterranean Bistro”.
In case you’re wondering, “Does this vineyard actually have a “grand view”?” the answer is, YES, it sure does! In addition to amazing wine, they have a wonderful deck that overlooks their grape vines and rolling hills & farmland. They often have live music on weekends, too. Their wines span the spectrum of sweet to dry. If you want to combine wine tasting with sweeping views of Lancaster County farmland, this is a wonderful place to visit.
Located in Bainbridge, the Nissley Winery offers plenty to do. Spend the day enjoying a tour and browsing the wine shop and end it with a beautiful picnic. You can also enjoy lawn concerts on select summer evenings. The wines at Nissley tend to be on the sweet side, but the 2nd generation of owners is starting to grow some dry variatels.
Set in a shopping center on Fruitville Pike in Lancaster, the look of the building on the outside might lead you to the wrong conclusions about the wines you’ll find inside. This tasting shop is owned by a couple who have a vineyard in California, so unlike the other craft wineries on this list, these are Napa Valley wines! The price of wine tastings and bottles is quite a bit higher than the other Lancaster County wineries, but fans of Thorn Hill will tell you it’s worth it. We highly recommend you discover the answer for yourself!
Waltz Vineyards in Manheim is an absolutely wonderful winery and a MUST-VISIT for any Lancaster County wine tour. The tasting room is cozy and well staffed with a team who really know the wines and the process involved in making them. They have two lines of wines, one is there Estate Wines, made from grapes grown on the property. The other is their Cellar 1599 wines, made from grapes sourced in top grape growing regions across the U.S. The vineyards also offers live outdoor entertainment on select dates, for a fun afternoon of wine drinking on a picnic blanket.
The Mount Hope Estate, home to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and a local favorite here in Lancaster County, is located in northern Lancaster County. At the winery, you can build your wine tasting resume with complimentary wine tasting offered daily. Mount Hope wines tend to be on the sweet side and their slogan is “Craft Memories at Mount Hope.”
If you’re wondering which Lancaster PA winery has the BEST views, we’re going to send you just across the Susquehanna river to Moon Dancer Winery! This winery looks like a Tuscan Villa and sits on a hillside overlooking the river. With plenty of acreage to play with, the winery makes great use of it by hosting music festivals and other events throughout the summer months. It’s also a great wedding venue if you’re looking for somewhere stunning to hold your big event. Moon Dancer’s wines are definitely on the sweet side, but even if you prefer dry wines, the views are worth giving them a try.
You should definitely spend the night!
Now that you see all the wonderful wine venues in Lancaster, PA you can see that just one day isn’t nearly enough. Plan an overnight stay at the Historic Smithton Inn’s luxuriousaccommodations a relaxing, romantic getaway.
Take a look at our Yellow Room w/fireplace and see how cozy our inn is for yourself! You can arrange to have fresh flowers or a cheese platter waiting for you when you arrive, then hop in the luxurious rain shower before bed. Enjoy a good night’s sleep in the queen-size bed with a beautiful, hand-crafted four-poster bed. Then, start the next day with a delicious homemade breakfast! You’ll love our Margarita Breakfast Pizza, it’s definitely a guest favorite.
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