Over the last decade the PA Wilds have become a hotbed for regional wine. There is no better place to experience the splendor of these very PA-inspired wines than at the Groundhog Wine Trail. With nearly a dozen vendors from the region, and hundreds of different wines to choose from, this quiet and unlikely festival is quickly becoming one of the more revered events in the area. Amongst the Merlot and Chardonnay are great regional wines including elderberry, raspberry, and spiced apple. Blending the region’s mountain style with this most European beverage is not by design. Instead, this integration happens seamlessly.
The Groundhog Wine Trail combines an appreciation for fine wine with an appreciation for local color and variance. That is to say that there is an admiration of wine here that fits the prideful and charismatic people of the area perfectly. Wine owners are on site, selling their wine and proudly autographing bottles. Amateur wine makers are encouraged to submit bottles as well, and all wines are judged and awarded prizes. The Groundhog Wine Trail is extraordinarily inclusive. It should be said that the flawless inclusion of wine into the region (and not the other way around) that makes this festival inspiringly complex and refreshingly honest.
Visitors will be pleased to find a large selection of high-quality crafts for sale including candles, fabric crafts, and foods. There are tantalizing treats befitting of a regal wine event including pastries and mousse. Live entertainment includes bands playing throughout the day, including everything from brass bands to bluegrass. Punxsutawney Phil is also known to make his appearance at the Groundhog Wine Trail.
Admission is nominal and parking is free.