Pennsylvania has a thriving wine industry, and its white wines are some of the best in the country. The state’s cool climate is ideal for growing grapes that produce light, refreshing wines with complex flavors.
Those seeking out Pennsylvania’s top rated whites should look for wine made from grapes like like Gruner Veltliner, Albarino, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Traminette.
Here are 10 top-rated PA white wines that any dry white lover should try, in no particular order:
- Naked Chardonnay, Pinnacle Ridge Winery: Pinnacle Ridge Chardonnay is known for its vibrant acidity, citrus flavors, and crisp, clean finish.
- Grüner Veltliner, Galen Glen Winery: Galen Glen offers a delightful Grüner Veltliner with crisp green apple notes, peppery undertones, and a refreshing finish. Maybe the best GV in the USA!
- Reserve Chardonnay, Waltz Vineyards: a full-bodied, creamy white wine with citrus, apple, and vanilla notes. It’s aged in French oak for 12 months and pairs well with seafood, chicken, or pasta.
- Sauvignon Blanc, Karamoor Estate: Karamoor Estate’s Sauvignon Blanc showcases bright citrus flavors, grassy aromas, and a zesty acidity.
- Riesling, Allegro Winery: This off-dry Riesling displays aromatic floral notes, flavors of green apple and peach, and a smooth finish.
- Traminette, Penns Woods Winery: a delightful Traminette with floral aromas, tropical fruit flavors, and a hint of spice.
- Albarino, Maple Springs Vineyard: fuller-bodied for Albarino, this stays refreshing with citrus and stone fruit flavors. It is perfect for pairing with chicken or pasta dishes.
- Red Lion Chardonnay, Galer Estate: a medium-bodied wine with flavors of citrus, apple, and spice. The wine has a clean, crisp finish and is perfect for pairing with seafood or poultry.
- Albarino, Stony Run Winery: a dry, wonderfully crisp white with citrus and stone fruit flavors. It pairs well with a variety of lighter fare
- La Prima Donna, Va La Vineyards: “”This unique, skin-fermented field blend grown on a single hillside just outside of Philadelphia, is as complex and textured as any ‘orange wine’ I’ve tasted from anywhere.” (Lenn Thompson)