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31 days. 200+ wineries. Dozens of varieties. Countless events. 

(You'd better get started!)

If wine is your passion, then October is your month. Mark your calendars, because all across the state, we'll be spending the month celebrating the sweet, the dry, and all of the interesting local varietals in between. We'll be introducing you to the rockstars behind the bottles (get to know a few of them below), and hosting harvest, tasting, and educational events. 


               

Events


– October 1, 2016 –

The PA Wine Land Festival

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– October 1, 2016 –

Welcome Fall Celebration
at Black Walnut Winery

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– October 2, 2016 –

Fall Foliage Festival
at B&L Wine Cellars




– October 8, 2016 –

4th Annual Fire and Wine Festival
at Black Walnut Winery




– October 8, 2016 –

Harvest Celebration
at all Bucks County Wine Trail wineries




– October 8, 2016 –

Cork and Pork
at Spring Gate Vineyard




– October 8, 2016 –

Fall Foliage Festival
at B&L Wine Cellars




– October 8, 2016 –

Berks County Wine Trail’s
Artisan Cheese and Wine Event
at all Berks County wineries




– October 8, 2016 –

Blue Grass Harvest Festival
at Moon Dancer Winery




– October 8, 2016 –

MyRuralRadio.com Fall Harvest Fest
at Naylor Wine Cellars




– October 8, 2016 –

Harvest Celebration
at all Bucks County Wine Trail wineries




– October 9, 2016 –

Berks County Wine Trail’s 
Artisan Cheese and Wine Event
at all Berks County wineries




– October 15, 2016 –

Cornucopia Wine Quest
at all Hershey Harrisburg Wine Trail wineries




– October 15 - 16, 2016 –

Chambourcin Weekend
at all Lehigh Valley Wine Trail wineries




– October 15 - 16, 2016 –

Fall Fest
at Deer Creek Winery





– October 16, 2016 –

Winetober Fest
at Sand Castle Winery





– October 22, 2016 –

Cornucopia Wine Quest
at all Hershey Harrisburg Wine Trail wineries






– October 29, 2016 –

Cornucopia Wine Quest
at all Hershey Harrisburg Wine Trail wineries






Meet the Winemakers



Clockwise from top left: Jennifer Wampler; Gabriel Rubilar; Carolina Cores; Bonnie Pysher; Bill Zimmerman; Gino Razzi


These are the brains behind the bottles. The craftsmen (and women!) behind the corks. The visionaries behind the vines. Get a peek into what inspires them, and come out to a local Fine Wines and Good Spirits to meet some of them in person on October 3rd. 


Jennifer Wampler of Nissley Vineyards
Serendipitous Winemaker

“It was so strange how it happened. It was like one door just opened after another without me even prompting or initiating it. . . . Everything just kind of fell into place on its own. It was really cool.”

This is how Jennifer Wampler describes her journey to becoming head winemaker at Pennsylvania gem Nissley Vineyards in Bainbridge. Jennifer is one of just a handful of female winemakers in Pennsylvania. Her path to this highly regarded position has been paved with hard work, dedication and a passion for great wine. 

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** Meet Jennifer on Oct. 3 from 4-6PM at the Fine Wine and Good Spirits shop located at 1158 Mae Street in Hummelstown **


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Gabriel Rubilar of Paradocx Vineyard and Winery
Artist and Scientist Behind the Vines 


“We shouldn’t compare the wines of our West Coast and South America with those in the Pennsylvania region,” says Gabriel Rubilar intently when prodded. “They have totally different profiles. It's like comparing apples to oranges. It's about educating first-time Pennsylvania wine tasters. The wines of this region tend to be more fruit-forward and light—and that's okay.”   

Read more about Gabriel


** Meet Gabriel on Oct. 3 from 4-6PM at the Fine Wine and Good Spirits shop located at 1112 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia **

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Gino Razzi of Penns Woods Winery
Evangelist for Pennsylvania Grapes

The charismatic Gino Razzi lives, breathes and of course sips wine—but more importantly, he cherishes wine. Not only the act of swirling, inspecting color, sniffing, tasting and enjoying the velvety varietals—this vine-whisperer is also well-versed at understanding the vines, the weather, the soil, the gorgeous grapes and the process of creating a world-class product. He is also the ultimate believer that great wines are (and continue to be) made in Pennsylvania. 

Read more about Gino

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Carolina Damiano Cores of Mazza Vineyards
World Traveler with a Passion for Community



“My story is really long,” Carolina Damiano Cores explains. Her accent is clearly South American, but the way she speaks English hints at her globetrotting lifestyle. Subtle inflections and turns of phrase are like an aural manifestation of her colorful personality. Carolina is head winemaker at Pennsylvania’s beautiful Mazza Vineyards near Lake Erie in North East. She’s also Mazza’s first female winemaker and is among the few female winemakers in the state. 


** Meet Carolina on Oct. 3 from 4-6PM at the Fine Wine and Good Spirits shop located at 125 Town Centre Dr #500 in Wexford **


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Bonnie Pysher of Franklin Hill Vineyards
Maverick with a Legacy

“There are two kinds of wine: the kind you like and the kind you don’t like,” Bonnie Pysher says in her matter-of-fact twang. “You could spend a thousand dollars for a bottle of wine, but if you don’t like it what good is it?”

“I don’t have a college education. I never had chemistry,” Bonnie intimates. “But whatever I do works because we went from making 3,000 gallons of wine a year to over 60,000.” Bonnie is the head winemaker at Bangor-based Franklin Hill Vineyards, one of Pennsylvania’s premier wineries. Franklin Hill is also one of the oldest wineries in Pennsylvania, with humble beginnings in 1981 following a successful venture as a vineyard. For 34 years Bonnie has been making wines at Franklin Hill, and her depth of experience offers wisdom and skill that no book can teach.  


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Bill Zimmerman of Shade Mountain Vineyards
The Family Businessman

This is what Bill Zimmerman says about his experience as a winemaker. Bill is part of the Zimmerman family, who started Pennsylvania treasure Shade Mountain Vineyards in Middleburg. Family run to this day, Shade Mountain produces more than 30,000 gallons annually—a striking growth since Bill’s parents Karl and Carolyn converted their corn and soybean farm into a vineyard 27 years ago. The winery is managed by two generations of Zimmermans, each of whom specializes in different aspects of the business. “My brother and I are doing the winemaking and grape growing with my father. My sisters and my mother are doing the sales and the tasting room. Everybody’s staying busy.” 





More Info

Download the PA Wines Fact Sheet:  PAGE 1   |   PAGE 2

Download the PA Wines Growing Conditions Report HERE

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Contact Jessie Tettemer at [email protected] for all press inquiries.