There’s not much that beats relaxing with a big glass of wine. Whether you’re searching for the perfect bottle of wine or even a playful, unique gift for the wine lover in your life, the selection available at stores throughout western Pennsylvania are hard to beat. From firm reds to crisp white wines and even unexpected specialty wines, there’s something that’s sure to delight your palate. Grab your glass and fill it up with the incredible wines available at these five wine stores and wineries considered the best in Pittsburgh.
4578 Gibsonia Road
Gibsonia, PA 15044
The splendor of Gibsonia’s Narcisi Winery is apparent from the moment you step onto the winery’s lush, rolling vineyards, so much so that it rivals that of a Tuscan villa. An inviting outdoor patio situated among the vineyard is the perfect spot to enjoy the always popular peach wine or sangria before venturing indoors to the wine store where you can purchase your favorite red, wine, blush and fruit wines all priced between $12 and $19. In addition to wine, there’s also a wide selection of gifts perfect for wine lovers, including wine bags, glasses, apparel, wine corkers, wine racks and sample-size wine gift baskets. Narcisi Winery is the perfect place for spending an early fall evening toasting with friends.
Volant Mill Winery at Janoski’s Farm And Greenhouse
1714 State Route 30
Clinton, PA 15026
Janoski’s Farm and Greenhouse may be best known for its blooming selection of flowers and plants, homemade baked goods and homegrown produce, but this family owned and operated farm market is also home to the Volant Mill Winery. Despite being tucked away in the back of the market, the Volant Mill Winery has an impressive and unique selection of red, white, fruit, port and blush wines. Bottles are priced between $10.50 and $24.50 for popular picks, including the sweet, flavorful blackberry wine and the best-selling Volant Red. Don’t forget to browse the store’s displays of wine-themed clothing, gift baskets, cork holders, decanters, bottle carriers and hand-painted gifts.
2013 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
What sets this Strip District wine store apart from others is its meticulously chosen wine list. Every wine is personally selected by Dreadnought Wines owner Mike Gonze who brings his extensive knowledge and unwavering passion to his store. From its exclusive Pittsburgh Labels Collection wines to classic French wines, you’re sure to find something from the hundreds of Argentinian, French, American, Italian and Australian choices to suit your palate. If you’re having trouble deciding on a wine to fill your glass, treat yourself to the gift of a personal custom wine tasting where you can sample while learning about wine basics, food pairings, regional wines and more.
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Pennsylvania Wine Cellar
241 W. Bridge St.
Homestead, PA 15120
For the finest selection of Pennsylvania specialty wines, check out the Pennsylvania Wine Cellar and its 23 specialty wines priced between $10 and $37. If you’re in the mood for something different, sip on the Heritage Wine Cellar’s decadent chocolate-covered cherry wine, Winter Pear or Christian Klay spiced apple wine or choose from a wide variety of white wines, ports, sparkling wines and red wines. While at the store, be sure to browse the unique wine gifts and accessories, wine racks and even custom labels. If you don’t happen to find what you’re looking for at the store’s Waterfront location, the Pennsylvania Wine Cellar has a second store situated in Station Square.
306 Deer Field Road
Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666
If the complimentary daily wine tasting of more than 40 of its wines aren’t enough to draw you in to Mt. Pleasant’s Greendance Winery, its unbeatable variety of red, dessert, white, port, blush, rose, sparkling and fruit wines certainly will. If you prefer sweet wines, there are plenty to choose from, many of which are made using locally grown berries from the nearby Sand Hill Berries farm. If the weather permits, stroll the beautiful flower-filled grounds while enjoying a refreshing glass of wine and munching on a snack from the outdoor café. Weekends are the perfect time to buy a bottle of your favorite wine and relax with live musical entertainment on the winery’s outdoor stage. For a true sensory experience, Greendance Winery has got you covered.
Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.