Fall Trip Ideas: Wine Tours in Central Pennsylvania
You don’t have to visit Napa or Bordeaux for high-quality wine tours and tastings. Central Pennsylvania is ranked as the 5th most productive wine-growing region in the United States, with more than 140,000 acres of vineyards. Fall is one of the best times to visit the Susquehanna River Valley’s wineries, tour their vineyards, and sit on their decks while sampling some of the best wine in the country. Here are three of best things to do in Central Pennsylvania this fall for wine lovers.
Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail
Central Pennsylvania is home to the Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail, which has a total of 13 wineries. While they’re all worth of a visit, you need to check out the vineyards overlooking the breathtaking Susquehanna River Valley. Shade Mountain Winery & Vineyard in Middleburg has a 19th-century barn on-site. It’s known for its high-quality collection of red, white, blush and fruit wines. Oenophiles can participate in the vineyard’s daily free wine tasting. Also nestled in the valley, Spyglass Ridge Winery in Sunbury has 15 acres of vineyards that are carefully cultivated by private owners. On the premises, the winery uses a renovated 1814 bank barn that’s used for wine tastings, private events and meetings. Fero's Vineyards and Winery in Lewisburg features unique fine dry wines along with a line of sweet wines. Four Friends Vineyard & Winery in Montgomery offers wines for all occasions and has one of the most stunning views of the Susquehanna River Valley from their deck. In Liverpool, The Winery at Hunter’s Valley is recognized for its stunning location and landscape of rolling hills and trimmed vineyards. The winery has a women’s club and hosts live music events regularly. Visitors can also enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner, as the winery offers a gourmet menu to pair with the wine of their choice.
Shade Mountain Winery Harvest Festival
Every October, the popular Shade Mountain Winery & Vineyard hosts its own two-day wine festival where both adults and children are welcome. The event features music, homemade bean soup, a gorgeous backdrop of fall foliage and—of course—wine sampling. Adults can take part in multiple wine tastings to sample some of the best of the region, and both parents and their children can roll up their jeans and participate in an “I Love Lucy” style grape stomping inside open-faced barrels. A nearby animal refuge sets up an on-site big cats display for some added entertainment. The winery hosts of series of wine tours around the vineyard during the festival, which reveal behind-the-scenes secrets of winemaking led by an expert panel.
Lake Augusta Wine and Brew Festival
Lake Augusta Wine and Brew Festival invites some of the best wineries in the region for tastings and demonstrations every September at this festival where attendees can meet local wine growers. The event also features close to 20 local craft breweries pouring samples of their best brews. It takes place at the Sunbury Amphitheater on the gorgeous Sunbury Riverfront on the Susquehanna River during peak fall season. Live entertainment plays in the amphitheater during the event, and food vendors are on hand to help you pair your drinks with delicious eats.
About the Susquehanna River Valley
Fall is an amazing and beautiful time for people to explore and discover the Susquehanna River Valley! Come enjoy the breathtaking fall foliage driving our scenic rural roads or hiking and cycling in our gorgeous State Parks and Forest. Grab that comfy jacket or sweater; jump in the car and explore our antique shops, wine trails, breweries and amazing restaurants.
What’s your Fall Fun?
- Discover our arts and culture, history and heritage.
- Dine at Siam, one of the best Thai Restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic.
- Enjoy “Hallofun” -2015 at Knoebels Amusement Resort where it transforms the park into a spooktacular place for ghosts and ghouls of all ages.
- Attend our Fall Festivals and Fairs such as Selinsgrove Market Festival, Shade Mountain Winery Harvest Festival, Lake Augusta Wine Festival, and Mifflinburg’s Oktoberfest.
- Explore the 6,500 acres of the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area, home to extensive motorized and non-motorized trails for all levels of outdoor fun!
- Experience our walking, bicycling and driving Fall Foliage Tours.
- View our 10 things not to miss this Fall in the Susquehanna River Valley.
- Take amazing photos of our Fall Foliage using our Fall Foliage Photography Tips.
- Sample, delight and compare the autumnal red wines at our 5 wineries.
- Navigate the corn mazes as Ards Farm and Kohl’s Stony Hill Tree Farm & Christmas Shoppe.
Closer Than You Think
Less than a 4-hour drive from:
- New York City
- New Jersey
- Washington, DC
- Northern Virginia
- and a little longer from Toronto and Montreal but we love our northern neighbors!
The Susquehanna River Valley is easily accessible by Interstates 80 & 81 and Routes 15, 192, and 45.
Discover a Treasure at Every Turn
Feel free to do as little – or as much as you like. Here in the Susquehanna River Valley go at your own pace where you are the captain of your adventure and where you will discover a treasure at every turn.