Central PA Tasting Trail

– by Ellie Aungst

Looking for your newest adventure? Explore the Central PA Tasting Trail and discover your new favorite ales, wine, cider, and beer!

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The trail is unique in two main ways: proximity and diversity. It is easy to book a room and set up a home base in State College and travel to any location on the trail in a matter of minutes. Also, many trails are just singularly focused on wine, beer, whiskey, etc., but ours offers a diverse offering to match any taste. The trail has also been a popular topic with travel writers visiting the area, such as this piece from Travel Addicts.

Each location is passionate about its craft, bringing its unique perspective to an ever-expanding variety of flavors and styles. Click here for the official Central PA Tasting Trail's website.

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Happy Valley Winery

Step into another world at Happy Valley Winery. Surrounded by 10 acres of vines, this destination winery features flights and tours that feature their unique wines with distinctive varietal character that you won’t find anywhere else in the state.

The winery is green, powered by solar energy, and committed to sustainable practices in vine care, recycling and composting. This farm-to-bottle destination is family-run and committed to creating wines that are both award-winning and memorable.

Stop by the winery for a relaxing time on the patio, or enjoy a flight in their timber frame tasting room. Insider tip: Ask for their signature Appalachian Red, or critic favorite Dry Blush.

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Mount Nittany Winery

Located in the heart of Central Pennsylvania, Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery is a family farm winery nestled on the side of Mount Nittany. They offer exceptional, locally produced wine from their 65-acre mountainside setting minutes from State College. They are situated above the historic village of Linden Hall, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery takes great pride in providing a fun and informative wine-tasting experience while enjoying the ambiance of its beautiful setting. Private events can also be arranged in one of two event spaces. Their Vintner’s Loft features a cathedral ceiling, fireplace, an adjacent kitchen, and inside and outside covered deck seating. Their Treehouse WineBar has two bars with seating, high top tables, and front and rear covered decks.

Hours: Tue-Fri 11-5, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5. Reservations are recommended and can be made from their homepage's “Visit Us/Events” tab. They welcome well-behaved dogs outside on a leash!

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Seven Mountains Wine Cellars

Since 2009, Seven Mountains Wine Cellars has been creating exciting, new and different wines that will invigorate your senses and even change the way you enjoy wine.

Head to their wine cellar located in the beautiful Seven Mountains Region this summer and fall for wine tastings. Enjoy their famous campfire nights, held July 7, 21, August 11, September 1 and 22. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets and your favorite campfire snacks to enjoy a campfire and live music.

Open daily from 11-5. Pets are welcome on a leash.

Click HERE to see the full tasting trail listing!

The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau publishes up-to-date event information at HappyValley.com/events