Top Wineries Within Driving Distance of Philly
It’s easy to forget that there’s a whole world outside of our little Philly bubble.
Now, normally I don’t advise stepping outside of your comfort zone because then you could be subject to new experiences — and that’s … scary. But if there’s one thing that makes it worth the risk, it’s wine.
Pennsylvania and New Jersey may not be what you think of when you say wine country but the surrounding counties to Philadelphia are home to many wineries, and a growing number of them are winning awards. And to experience them, all you need is a car and about an hour to get to them. Just make sure someone else is driving you home.
Here are our picks for the best wineries within driving distance of Philly (sorted by distance).
Wine is complex. It doesn’t like to be reduced to stereotypes like, “all wine is made of grapes.” That’s why the folks over at Cardinal Hollow Winery have started making grapeless wine with jalapeños, pumpkins, mangos, and dandelions. We don’t totally get it either, but we’re intrigued.
Price: $50 for a wine tasting class
Visiting Hours: Monday-Saturday: 12pm-6 pm, Sunday: 12pm-5 pm
Distance from Philly: 30 minute drive
Chadds Ford, PA
In addition to wine pairings, this winery offers cheese and honey pairings! They also boast the perfect grounds for a picnic, and are open to helping you plan the perfect one.
Price: $8-$15 for a 5 flight wine tasting, with the option of adding a $12.99 cheese pairing
Visiting Hours: Monday: 12pm-5pm, Tuesday-Wednesday: closed, Thursday: 12pm-5pm, Friday-Saturday: 11am-6pm, Sunday: 11am-5pm
Distance from Philly: 35 minute drive
Washington Crossing, PA
This might look like your average winery, but if you take a look at their events page you can see that they’re not messing around (or that they are messing around, which is what makes their events awesome?). Don’t miss “Wine and Spirits: A Tarot Card Reading and Wine Tasting” (if not just because that pun is so on point) and “Wine Tasting & Yoga.”
Price: events range from $10- $89
Visiting Hours: Daily: 12pm-6 pm
Distance From Philly: 41 minute drive
Stone and Key lets you make your own wine, from crushing the grapes (I know, I’ve always wanted to do that too) to bottling it and designing a custom label. You can also take daily tours and taste their wine for free.
Price: Normal tours and tastings are complimentary, or $200-$300 for the group winemaking sessions depending on the type of wine
Visiting Hours: Monday–Thursday: 10am–7pm, Friday: 10am–9pm, Saturday: 10am–7pm, Sunday: 11am–5pm
Distance from Philly: 42 minute drive
Chadds Ford, PA
Chaddsford operates under the philosophy that wine should be fun and not intimidating, which is reflected in their whimsical events like the,“Gangsters and Grapes” murder mystery wine tasting dinner, and their “Adult Easter Egg Hunt.”
Price: $7 tastings, event prices vary
Visiting Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 11am- 7 pm (tastings begin at 12pm)
Distance from Philly: 44 minute drive
You can enjoy wine while pleasing your inner child at this animal friendly vineyard. They have horses on the premises and they’re dog friendly too!
Price: $5 wine tasting
Visiting Hours: Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday: 12pm-6pm, Friday and Saturday: 12pm-7:30pm
Distance from Philly: 51 minute drive
Stargazers will fulfill all of your hip and trendy wine dreams with their sustainable growing practices. It also happens to be owned by an adorable married couple named Alice and John Weygandt.
Price: $5 for a tasting of 5 wines
Visiting Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 12pm-5pm (or by appointment)
Distance from Philly: 1 hr, 2 min drive
New Hope, PA
This winery and gift shop is housed in a rustic little barn in Bucks County. Stop by for a wine tasting or one of their popular live music events!
Price: $10 per person for wine tasting for groups with 10 or fewer people, $15 per person for groups of 11-15, and $20 for groups larger than 15
Visting Hours: Daily 11am-5pm
Distance from Philly: 1 hour, 8 minute drive
Sand Castle Winery makes its wine 100% from its own home-grown grapes, which is cool, but more importantly its tasting room is located in an actual castle. You actually can’t have a fancier weekend than tasting wine in a castle.
Price: Tasting $10, Cellar Tour and Tasting $15, VIP Educational Tour $30, Pairing Class and Tour $40
Visiting Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 11am-5pm
Distance from Philly: 1 hr, 17 minute drive
You won’t regret going to Vynecrest for their “Brunch and a Ballgame” event, which features food trucks and screenings of the Phillies game.
Price: Complimentary (or $5 a person for groups of 15 or more, refundable with purchase of wine)
Visting Hours: Daily 11am-5pm (5:30 pm on Fridays)
Distance from Philly: 1 hour, 20 minute drive