I think Presque Isle may be a bit of a haul from the Philly area,
it's near Erie (Northeast, PA). I buy most of my supplies there, they
are great. they do a lot of FA hybrids and it sounds like that is
what you are looking for. You would want to order them and check with
them before you leave if you do that, they get a little crazy busy
there that time of year.
What about the Finger Lakes area? You are 3 hours from Binghamton NY
and that borders the Finger Lakes. You may want to consider that too.
I know there are suppliers of fresh grapes and juice from the central
valley of California in Philly, one of them is 'something Italian name
Brothers' (Apologies, can't remember, I thing it started with a P or
PA and NY Hybrids are tougher to make well because both the sugar and
acid rarely work out to be balanced well when picked, usually one is
fighting the other or both are fighting the weather; a compromise has
to be made often.
I have an overly tannic 98 Chancellor still in bottle, some day it
will be drinkable. I can wait it out, I try one every year and wait
You could do a search on local supply houses and ask them too.
> > I'm willing to drive up to 2 or 3 hours from the Philadelphia area, so if
> > anyone knows of a vineyard or other source of grapes in the area, I would
> > really appreciate it if you would let me know so I could get my order in!
> > Thank you!
> > Jon Gilliam
> > Sharon Hill, PA
> Jon -
> There may well be closer places, but a lot of folks that post on
> this newsgroup speak well of Presque Isle, which I believe is in NE
> Pennsylvania. Check out their web site at
> I haven't bought grapes or juice from them (I'm in Minnesota) but
> their site lists a pretty good selection of varieties. They are
> probably near the outside of your 2-3 hour range, but worth checking
> Happy fermenting --