Nothing beats a relaxing day at the winery. Whether it’s sampling new blends or making memories with friends, these are the times we cherish the most. And the Poconos are a popular destination for vino lovers. A trip through the Pocono wine country will lead you to boutique wineries, each with its own unique character and fare, from velvety Merlots to crisp Chardonnays and even ciders. So let’s raise a glass to the beauty of the Poconos, as we invite you to savor the flavors, explore the vineyards and wineries, and soak in the breathtaking views that make this wine-lover’s paradise a must-visit destination. Let’s uncork the secrets of this remarkable wine region as we spotlight some of the area’s best places to experience.
No trip to the Poconos would be complete without a visit to Blue Ridge Estate Vineyard and Winery. Known as “The Most Joyful Place on Earth”, it’s nestled into the Pocono hills and offers some great views, as well as delightful wines. Their 17,000 square foot tasting facility features a 36’ wine tasting bar, wrap-around porch, and an inviting atmosphere. You can sample some wines via their tastings, which include 5 wines, a commemorative glass and are served as a flight. They even offer free wine cellar tours on Saturdays and Sundays. Every Friday Night, they have a enticing dinner menu catered by Aces Gourmet! Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 25, 2023 to experience the 8th Annual Lighting of the Vineyards. It’s a FREE event from 7:00pm-9:00pm with FREE Fireworks! Check out their Event Calendar filled with live music and more! There is always something special to enjoy at Blue Ridge!
Looking for a piece of Poconos history? Then visit the Sorrenti Family Estate. This winery/distillery/pizzeria has been a staple in the Poconos scene since 1981, serving up great memories and award winning wines for over 40 years! You can enjoy live music weekly, and they also offer Special Events such as Paint & Sip, Trivia Nights, Craft Fairs, and more! They offer an assortment of award-winning wines, as well as spirits. And you can sample both wine and spirits, as well as enjoy a Guided Wine Tasting. The Pizzeria is the perfect compliment to the day’s activities and is guaranteed to leave you satisfied.
Mountain View Vineyard is another Pocono favorite. With stunning views and a newly built facility, you can enjoy wine, beer, spirits, and more. They offer Vineyard Tours every Saturday, LIVE Music, and an on-site Bistro with a great menu. From appetizers to Charcuterie Boards, you’ll find plenty to choose from. Come enjoy the Thanksgiving Mini Pairing on Friday, November 17,2023 or the Wine & Cookie Pairing on Friday, December 15, 2023. Check out their Events Calendar!
Big Creek Vineyard, with two locations, the vineyard and winery in Kresgeville and a shoppe in Jim Thorpe, is a unique winery with a rich history. Sitting on land that has been in their family for three quarters of a century, they offer a wide variety including dry reds, dry whites, rosé, and sweet wines. They offer tastings, as well, and the views and scenery are remarkable.
Ready to enjoy a different experience than your typical winery? Then make the short drive to historic Jim Thorpe, PA to visit Wild Elder Wine & Cider Co. Birthed from the age-old Pocono traditions of making wines and spirits from the local fruits, you will find a wide selection of wines and ciders made from elderberry, blackberries, grapes, apples, and more. They do have tastings, where you can sample some of the more unique offerings. And if you’ve never been to Jim Thorpe, then just the trip there will be something not soon forgotten. Rich in history and culture, it’s a classic Pocono mountain town.
Here are a few more places to visit on your trip. Silverback Distillery with locations in East Stroudsburg, PA and Afton, VA, The Renegade Winery, Hardball Cider, M&M Vineyards, Richmond Farm & Brewery, Eagles Rest Cellars, Tolino Vineyards, Holy Ghost Distillery and Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars.
As you can see, the Poconos are a wine lover’s dream destination. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a curious traveler, you’ll find a delightful escape, one where every sip tells a story, and every vineyard visit leaves an indelible mark. Now let’s get started planning that wine getaway by choosing the perfect home base. Pocono Mountain Rentals offers a wide variety of vacation rental accommodations that are sure to suit your needs. From large homes that can accommodate big groups to quaint lakeside properties, we have something for everyone.Greg Petrillo