Looking for somewhere to spread out this spring and summer? How about a beautiful, restorative outdoor space that isn’t your own yard or patio? And if that verdant spot also happens to serve a selection of locally-made wines — even better.
There are more than 300 wineries in Pennsylvania Wine Land and almost all of them welcome visitors for tastings. Picture the sun cutting through a glass of award-winning wine — the grapes grown just steps from where you’re sitting.
Jen Zell Wines
Just a short 30 minute drive north from the Mercersburg Inn you will find the Jen Zell Wines, located in Chambersburg. They produce 18 different wines and feature 6 rotating draft hard ciders. They source grapes from Chile, New York’s Finger Lake region, Lake Erie Region, and locally. In addition, their ciders are made from apples grown locally in Chambersburg! Their wines are produced in neighboring Fort Loudon, PA. See a complete list of our wines on our Wines & Ciders page. There is much to be admired about this establishment.
Of course, a winery is hardly worth visiting if the wines are only okay. An estate winery, the Jen Zell Wines produces it’s high quality wines while practicing sustainable agriculture. The growing varietals have been carefully selected to get the best flavors from the given terroir, creating some of the most exquisite French blends. These varietals include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Albarino, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Traminette, Vidal Blanc and Viognier – to name a few. Take a peek at their best sellers. Of course, wine tastings and tours are open to the public so come thirsty!
Activities & Events
At Jen Zell Wines, there is more to do than just tours and tastings. Visitors are invited to learn about the wine-making process from pruning grape vines to picking and stomping grapes during harvest. They host dozens of fun events each year ranging from competitions to paint nights to social gatherings. Most of their events are held in the historic Grant Street Station and feature a collection of historic artifacts from the original train station!
More Wineries in Pennsylvania
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The South East typically experiences a longer growing season and higher temperatures. The generally hilly terrain of the region offers opportunities for vineyards with south-facing slopes that aid in draining water and maintaining airflow that encourages grapevines to flourish.