Growing Grapes in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s climate is one of the most ideal for growing grapes in the East Coast. It is bordered by Laker Erie in the northwest and the Atlantic Gulf Stream in the east, bringing in warm summers and long growing seasons. This region also enjoys adequate precipitation so grape growers do not worry about irrigation for their vineyards. Pennsylvania is the fourth largest producer of grapes and has the eighth largest wine industry in the United States, with more than 14,000 acres of vineyards and more than 110 wineries found all across the state. Tthe Vitis vinifera group of grapes, grow well in this region and Pennsylvania is well-known for its award-winning European cultivars such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Reisling, Chambourcin, and Gewurztraminer. American varieties like Catawba and Cayuga, popular for their hardiness to extreme temperatures and resistance to pests and disease, are also grown in this region.
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