Delaware is home to one of the United States' longest-running wine industries, with vineyard plantings dating all the way back to the country's early Pilgrim settlers. Five high-quality wineries operate out of the state today, including fruit wine producers Nassau Valley Vineyards and the family-owned Pizzadili Vineyard and Winery. Many other area wineries are located within easy driving distance of Delaware and the East Coast's biggest tourist destinations, including Maryland winery and microbrewery Costa Ventosa, easily accessible from downtown Ocean City. Nearby in Pennsylvania, the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail showcases delightful wineries located throughout Eastern Pennsylvania's beautiful rolling hill landscape.
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1723 Vineyards is a stop along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, located on 10 acres in Landenberg on the historic McMaster and Ford Farms near Kemblesville. The vineyards, which were originally planted in 2015 by Ben and Sarah Cody, are named in honor of the 1723 charter of New London Township before its division into present-day Franklin Township. Delicious wines showcases premium grapes in Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Albarino variants. Guests can sample the winery's top varietals at its tasting room, which offers a bar and indoor seating overlooking beautiful vineyard views. Special events held at the winery throughout the year include food trucks, live music performances, and an annual November harvest festival.
5 McMaster Blvd, Landenberg, PA 19350, Phone: 888-330-0526
2.Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery
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Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery is one of the Outer Coastal Plain AVA's premiere wineries, located an easy day trip away from Delaware in Pilesgrove Township, New Jersey. The vineyard, which was originally planted in 2004 and opened to the public three years later, produces an annual circulation of 4,200 cases of wine and is a member winery of the Garden State Wine Growers Association. 19 varieties of grapes are produced for delicious wines, ranging from traditional Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay variants to rarer varietals such as Chambourcin and Vidal Blanc. Fruit wines are also sold, including blueberry, apple, and peach wines. In addition to standard winery tastings, winery visitors can enjoy dinner each Friday evening at the winery's Enoteca bistro or watch open mic nights and performances throughout the week at the winery's Vineyard Stage.
117 Sharptown-Auburn Rd, Pilesgrove, NJ 08098, Phone: 856-769-9463
3.Black Walnut Winery Tasting Room and Wine Bar
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Black Walnut Winery Tasting Room and Wine Bar was originally opened to the public in 2009 within a 200-year-old bank barn in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The winery now offers a second tasting room facility in downtown Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, which offers wine tastings throughout the week and a variety of public special events. High-quality red, white, and port wines are produced and sold throughout the year, including excellent signature blends, such as the company's Bank Barn Red, which showcases a cherry cola-style aroma and flavor. Blush wines are also offered, along with apple and other fruit-based wines. Live music performances are showcased for free at the company's downtown tasting room each Saturday night.
260 Bridge St, Phoenixville, PA 19460, Phone: 484-924-8747
4.Broken Spoke Winery
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Broken Spoke Winery is a member winery of the Chesapeake Wine Trail, located along Maryland's eastern shore and connecting to the state's Rivers to Canal Wine Corridor. The boutique winery, which was opened to the public in 2017, is operated by married duo Thea and Rob Hall and their daughter Maggi. A wide variety of delicious wines are showcased at the winery's rustic-style tasting room, which is located on the Hall family's pony farm. Visitors can bring family members of all ages to interact with farm animals at the farm and sample wines at the company's tasting room, which is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays. Four-legged friends are also welcome at the winery.
942 Glebe Rd, Earleville, MD 21919, Phone: 302-547-6022
© Cedarvale Winery
Cedarvale Winery is a delightful winery in Logan Township, New Jersey, located within the Vintage Atlantic Wine Region. The winery is located on the family farm of Marsha and Ed Gaventa, which has been in operation since 1905, and is named in honor of the farm's outlying cedar swamps. Vineyards were originally planted at the farm in 2004, with a public tasting room opened four years later. Eight acres of grapes turn over more than 2,500 cases of wine each year, showcased in highly drinkable Merlot, Pinot Gris, Villard Blanc, and Cabernet Franc varietals. Fruit wines are also sold, including blueberry, nectarine, apple, and strawberry wines. In addition to wine tastings and tours, the winery also offers a number of public and private special event opportunities, including women's shopping nights and painting parties with drinks included.
205 Repaupo Station Rd, Swedesboro, NJ 08085, Phone: 856-467-3088
6.Crow Vineyard and Winery
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Crow Vineyard and Winery is a delightful winery located within Maryland's Eastern Shore wine region, located less than an hour and a half drive from major East Coast cities such as Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia. The winery, which is located approximately 15 minutes from downtown historic Chestertown, operates a 12-acre vineyard on the 365-acre family farm of Judy and Row Crow. Wine varieties sold range from traditional Chardonnays and Merlots to sparkling and dessert wines and reserve blends. A year-round tasting room offers estate wine tastings and farm-to-table dinners, housed within a renovated milking barn. Farm products are also sold at the winery, including grass-fed Angus beef. A bed and breakfast is offered on site for guests driving in for overnight trips or going on wine country excursions.
12441 Vansant Corner Rd, Kennedyville, MD 21645, Phone: 302-304-0551
7.Harvest Ridge Winery
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Harvest Ridge Winery was Delaware's fourth winery at its opening in November of 2013, straddling the historic Mason-Dixon line at the border of the Delaware and Maryland state line. The winery, which is owned and operated by married duo Chris and Chuck Nunan, showcases the #47 witness stone and crown marker of the Mason-Dixon line, making it a great choice for wine lovers looking for a history-focused excursion. Wine tastings are offered the company's public tasting room, with guided winery tours offered for free on Saturday and Sunday afternoons between 1:00pm and 3:00pm. A small selection of cheeses and charcuteries are offered for purchase alongside wine tastings. Guests are also welcome to bring in their own food at all times.
447 Westville Rd, Marydel, DE 19964, Phone: 302-804-1329
8.Layton's Chance Vineyard and Winery
Layton's Chance Vineyard and Winery was originally opened in 2010 by the Layton family, located on the family's 1,800-acre farm in Vienna, Maryland. The winery is located on 1,800 acres of beautiful rolling hill landscape, with 14 acres dedicated to growing grape varieties imported from Fredonia, New York's Double A Vineyards. Dry, semi-sweet, sparkling, and dessert wines are sold, along with a selection of unique fruit wines developed from flavors such as watermelon and blueberry. A tasting room is open to the public daily, with winery tours offered Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Each Friday night, happy hour events showcase live music performances at the tasting room's dog-friendly picnic patio.
225 New Bridge Rd, Vienna, MD 21869, Phone: 410-228-1205
9.Nassau Valley Vineyards
Nassau Valley Vineyards was Delaware's first winery at its opening in 1993, known as a pioneer for the state's wine industry throughout the late 20th century. The winery was originally founded by vintner and activist Peggy Raley, a lobbyist who played a central role in changing state commercial wine production laws. Today, the eight-acre vineyards are the state's largest vineyards, offering a public tasting room facility that has become a popular spot for Delaware coast beach tourists. Visitors can sample the company's 14 high-quality wines, which include delicious Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc variants served up alongside unique fruit wines crafted with East Coast produce. Self-guided winery tours are also offered for free throughout operating hours, with guided tours and group tastings available by appointment.
32165 Winery Way, Lewes, DE 19958, Phone: 302-645-9463
10.Pizzadili Vineyard and Winery
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Pizzadili Vineyard and Winery was originally founded in 1993 by co-owners Tony and Pete Pizzadili. Today, the vineyard has become Felton, Delaware's premiere winery, producing 12 unique grape varieties all grown onsite. Wines range from the company's Delaware sweet white dessert wine to its signature Brothers' Table Wine dry red, named for being its founders' favorite blend. 25 wines are sold at the company's public tasting room, available in 375ml and 750ml bottles. The company's tasting room is open daily between noon and 5:00pm, with winery tours also available throughout operating hours with advance reservations. A large event pavilion on site is offered for private special event rentals, including weddings and receptions.
1671 Peach Basket Rd, Felton, DE 19943, Phone: 302-284-9463
11.Salted Vines Vineyard and Winery
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Salted Vines Vineyard and Winery is Delaware's Eastern Shore's newest winery, opened to the public in November of 2016 by Jessica and Adrian Mobilia. The winery produces up to 14 specialty wines and blends at any given time, ranging from traditional reds and whites like Chardonnay and Syrah to 100% juice wines produced with East Coast-sourced fruits and produce. A rustic-style tasting room is open to the public daily, with a large covered patio area available seasonally. Guests can taste the company's wines for a fee, paired with Chesapeake Bay Farms cheese plates or handmade local Taste-D's Custom Chocolates. Food trucks are parked on site during select times. A wide variety of special events are offered at the winery throughout the year, including live music performances, with local Delaware craft beer and spirits often served up alongside wines.
32512 Rd 374, Frankford, DE 19945, Phone: 302-436-1500
Stargazers Vineyard was originally planted in Unionville, Pennsylvania in 1979 by John and Alice Weygandt. The Chester County winery, which began selling wines in 1996, overlooks beautiful Brandywine Creek and is named in honor of the nearby "Stargazers Stone," which was used as an observatory point for surveying the Pennsylvania-Maryland state border in drawing up the boundaries of the Mason-Dixon line. White, red, and sparkling wines are produced by the winery throughout the year, including unique varietals such as Austrian-style Gruener Veltliner and Piemonte-style Arneis. Guests can enjoy tasting flights of the company's wines for a nominal fee, with self-guided winery strolls also available for all visitors each weekend afternoon.
1024 Wheatland Dr, Coatesville, PA 19320, Phone: 610-486-0422
13.Chaddsford Winery (Pennsylvania)
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Chaddsford Winery is Pennsylvania's largest winery, located within Chadds Ford Township in the state's Brandywine Valley. The winery, which was originally founded in 1982 by Jim Osborn, crafts more than 30,000 cases of award-winning wines that honor the tradition of the mid-Atlantic Uplands wine growing climate and grape strains. Visitors can taste wines at the company's tasting room, which is open to the public seven days a week and serves up red, white, and sweet wine and sangria tasting flights. Public special events are also held at the company's 17th-century dairy barn facility, including live music performances and seasonal festivals. A second location within Bucks County's Peddler's Village serves up wines by the glass, along with local craft beers, wine cocktails, and wine slushies.
632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317, Phone: 610-388-6221
14.Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery (Pennsylvania)
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Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery was originally opened to the public in November of 2011, after Lele and Brad Galer founded their seven-acre vineyard in 2005 on their Pocopson estate. Since its opening, the Brandywine Valley winery has won more than a hundred major wine industry awards and medals. Guests ages 21 and older can visit the company's public tasting room on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons or by special appointment and try one-ounce tasting flights of the company's high-quality wines. Wines are paired with locally-sourced foods, including local cheese and charcuterie boards and freshly-baked homemade baguettes. Overnight guests can stay at the company's lovely Cottage at Galer Estate bed and breakfast facility, available for rental on AirBnB.
700 Folly Hill Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348, Phone: 484-899-8013
15.Grace Winery (Pennsylvania)
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Grace Winery is a delightful winery in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, originally opened by vintner Chris Le Vine. The winery is housed within an 18th-century historic bank barn, completely renovated between 2008 and 2010 and restored to its original condition. Visitors can taste the company's wines Mondays through Sundays as part of tasting flights, with seasonal cocktails and local craft beer pints also served up throughout the week. Groups of six or more must book advance tasting reservations. Luxury overnight accommodations are offered at the winery's 1734 and 1815 manor house, offering in-room amenities such as private en suite baths, central air conditioning, cable televisions, and complimentary wireless internet. Breakfast is served up each morning for all resort guests, prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients by executive chef Richard DiStefano.
50 Sweetwater Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342, Phone: 610-459-4711
16.Paradocx Vineyard (Pennsylvania)
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Paradocx Vineyard is one of Chester County's most picturesque wineries, located among Pennsylvania's rolling hills near Landenberg. The 100-acre vineyard, which is overseen by the Harris and Hoffman families, cultivates more than 27 acres of vinifera grape vines, along with an additional three acres growing Vidal and Chambourcin vines. It is named for a play on words for its owners' careers as doctors, paralleling the word "paradox" with the phrase "pair of docs." More than 10,000 cases of wine are produced each year, crafted using state-of-the-art viticulture and vintning practices. Guests can purchase wines by the glass or try tasting flights at the company's tasting room, which also serves regional craft beers on tap and craft hard cider in cans. All wines may be paired with local cheese and crackers.
833 Flint Hill Rd, Landenberg, PA 19350, Phone: 610-255-5684
17.Penns Woods Winery (Pennsylvania)
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Penns Woods Winery is a fine family-operated winery in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, owned and operated by father-daughter duo Gino Razzi and Carley Mack. The winery is known for its award-winning wines crafted from 100% Pennsylvania-grown crapes, which may be tasted at the company's public tasting room throughout the week. Wine flights pair dry or sweet wines with locally-sourced cheese plates, spreads, and crackers. During the warmer months, guests can also enjoy wines by the glass or by the bottle at the company's seasonal outdoor wine bar. Between November and March, all tasting room visits require advance reservations. Public special events held at the winery throughout the year include live music performances and farm-to-table food pairing events.
124 Beaver Valley Rd, Chadds Ford, PA 19317, Phone: 610-459-0808
18.Va La Vineyards (Pennsylvania)
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Va La Vineyards has been named as one of America's 101 best wineries four times between 2014 and 2017, known as one of the nation's most unique wine production companies. The vineyards, which are overseen by Anthony Vietri, only produces four signature wine varietals: Mahogany, Cedar, Silk, and La Prima Donna, which are all blends crafted from French and Italian grape varietals grown on site. Wines are crafted according to traditional methods originated in the Piemonte region of Italy. A boutique tasting room housed within a restored 19th-century barn offers by-the-glass selections and wine tasting flights paired with local food specialties such as artisan cheeses and chocolates.
8820 Gap Newport Pike, Avondale, PA 19311, Phone: 610-268-2702
19.Salem Oak Winery (New Jersey)
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Salem Oak Winery is a charming small winery in Pedricktown, New Jersey, originally planted on 3.5 acres on a family farm facility in 2003. The company's tasting room, which was opened to the public a decade later, showcases delicious homegrown wine varieties with names such as Analise, Mathis, and Julia-Marie, named for family friends. Specialty sangrias are also sold, along with 100% fruit wines crafted with regionally-sourced produce such as strawberries and apples. A light bar menu highlights soup bread bowls, bar appetizers, and Sweet Mary's Exceptional Chocolates. The company's 2,400-square-foot tasting room may be rented for private special events, including wedding receptions and family reunions. Special events throughout the year include live music performances each Friday and Saturday evening.
60 N Railroad Ave, Pedricktown, NJ 08067, Phone: 856-889-2121
20.Costa Ventosa (Maryland)
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Costa Ventosa is Maryland's first combination winery and farm microbrewery, opened to the public in 2010 by Jack Lord. The award-winning winery, which is named for the Italian phrase for "windy coast," is conveniently located just 10 minutes from downtown Ocean City, accessible via Routes 50 and 113. 10 acres of vineyards grow grapes for delicious classic wine varietals, including Chardonnays, Rieslings, Merlots, Chambourcins, and Cayugas. Excellent spiked wine slushies are also served at the company's public tap room, along with craft brews such as the company's Half-Assed Jack IPA, Stupid Stick Nut Brown Ale, and Porcupine Light Ale. Food trucks are frequently parked on site on weekends throughout the year, with live music performances and festivals offered during the summer months.
9031 Whaleysville Rd, Whaleyville, MD 21872, Phone: 443-333-9867
20 Best Wineries to Visit from Delaware
- 1723 Vineyards, Photo: 1723 Vineyards
- Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery, Photo: Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery
- Black Walnut Winery Tasting Room and Wine Bar, Photo: Black Walnut Winery Tasting Room and Wine Bar
- Broken Spoke Winery, Photo: Broken Spoke Winery
- Cedarvale Winery, Photo: Cedarvale Winery
- Crow Vineyard and Winery, Photo: Crow Vineyard and Winery
- Harvest Ridge Winery, Photo: Harvest Ridge Winery
- Layton's Chance Vineyard and Winery, Photo: Redzen/stock.adobe.com
- Nassau Valley Vineyards, Photo: WavebreakMediaMicro/stock.adobe.com
- Pizzadili Vineyard and Winery, Photo: Pizzadili Vineyard and Winery
- Salted Vines Vineyard and Winery, Photo: Salted Vines Vineyard and Winery
- Stargazers Vineyard, Photo: naka/stock.adobe.com
- Chaddsford Winery (Pennsylvania), Photo: Chaddsford Winery
- Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery (Pennsylvania), Photo: Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery
- Grace Winery (Pennsylvania), Photo: Grace Winery
- Paradocx Vineyard (Pennsylvania), Photo: Paradocx Vineyard
- Penns Woods Winery (Pennsylvania), Photo: Penns Woods Winery
- Va La Vineyards (Pennsylvania), Photo: Va La Vineyards
- Salem Oak Winery (New Jersey), Photo: Salem Oak Winery
- Costa Ventosa (Maryland), Photo: Costa Ventosa
- Cover Photo: TravelPhotography/stock.adobe.com