To those who consider themselves to be a wine lover (oenophile), a wine fan (aficionado) or a wine connoisseur, there are few things more pleasing to the palate than wine, and those locally processed and fermented around the Pittsburgh area are among the region’s best. With numerous wineries scattered within a short drive of the city, Western Pennsylvania is fast becoming a leader in award-winning wines. Learn how wine is made, from the vine to the glass, or head straight to the tasting room to sample your favorites or try a few new flavors. If that sounds like something you would enjoy, you can do all of that and more at these five wineries rated among the best near Pittsburgh.
La Casa Narcisi Winery
4578 Gibsonia Road
Gibsonia, PA 15044
Hours: Wed and Thurs 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri and Sat 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Since first opening more than 10 years ago, the family-owned and operated La Casa Narcisi Winery has established itself as a leading winery in Western Pennsylvania thanks to its locally sourced ingredients, bottled-on-site wine, Tuscan-inspired restaurant and frequent special events. One of the best parts of a visit to La Casa Narcisi Winery is its complimentary tasting bar where you can sample three different wines with guidance and suggestions from its tasting staff. From there, you can purchase your favorites to take home in bottles or to enjoy at the restaurant La Vite Ristorante along with its selection of house-made soups, handcrafted pizzas and pastas and small appetizers. La Casa Narcisi Winery is conveniently located minutes from Route 8 in Gibsonia.
Christian W. Klay Winery
412 Fayette Springs Road
Chalk Hill, PA 15421
Hours: Sun to Thurs noon – 6 p.m.; Fri and Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
What began for the Klay family as a simple interest in winemaking back in the 1970s eventually ripened into the purchase of a 215-acre farm in Fayette County that is now the site of Christian W. Klay Winery. With special events, fun and educational tours, wine tasting opportunities and beautiful vineyards to take in, this Southwestern Pennsylvania winery is a must-visit addition to your summer bucket list. See how its award-winning wine collection is made during a tour and tasting, which must be reserved using its online reservation form, and take home a few bottles of your favorites, including the popular Blanc De Lafayette and Raspberry Frost. Christian W. Klay Winery is situated in Clark Hill, approximately 1.5 hours southeast of downtown Pittsburgh.
Foxburg Wine Cellars
65 Main St.
Foxburg, PA 16036
Hours: Daily noon – 8 p.m. May through December; Sun to Thurs 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri and Sat noon – 8 p.m. January through April
Venture just northeast of the city and you’ll find yourself at the lovely Foxburg Wine Cellars and its massive tasting and retail wine outlet. Foxburg Wine Cellars proudly processes and bottles all of its low-sulfated, naturally made wines on site and offers more than 30 varieties of wine, in addition to an unbeatable collection of home winemaking supplies, wine accessories and glassware. Its two hour Riverstone Carriage Tours are a highlight for many who stop here to experience the beauty and splendor of the winery’s farm and forest. Swing by for a sip at Foxburg Wine Cellars, located about 1.5 hours northeast of Pittsburgh near the Allegheny River.
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1026 Winfield Rd.
Cabot, PA 16023
Hours: Tues to Sat 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. April through December; Thurs to Sat 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. January through March
The award-winning wines may lure you to Cabot’s Winfield Winery, but there is so much more this countryside winery has to offer. For example, its tasting room is the a must for anyone looking to sample the more than 30 varieties of wine produced and aged in its exclusive fermenting room. Try any of its red, white, fruit and blush wines, many of which have been recognized as being the best at numerous Pennsylvania Farm Shows over the years. If you find a favorite, enjoy a glass or share a bottle on the winery’s new patio space. Winfield Winery is located roughly 45 minutes northeast of the city in Cabot.
2155 Gracin Ln.
Irwin, PA 15642
Hours: Mon to Thurs 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sat and Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Greenhouse Winery’s Irwin location may be new, but it has certainly earned its spot among the best wineries near Pittsburgh. Its construction boasts a stunning tasting area with indoor seating, an outdoor dining area the patio and a well-sized banquet room. Happy hour events are a great time to sample Greenhouse Winery’s extensive wine list, enjoy live entertainment or browse its gift shop stocked with the region’s most unique pre-packed themed gift baskets, wine accessories and custom labels. Take home a bottle of your choice and select from holiday flavors, seasonal and specialty wines and an incredible selection of white and red wines.
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Jessica Wasik is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies. She is also a contributing writer for AXS.com and Examiner.com. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.