Wine

Make Happy Valley your home for wines and brews

We already know that the State College area is your go-to place for great Penn State events, especially during football weekends in the fall. But Central Pennsylvania is becoming well-known as a mecca for local vineyards and breweries. Not only can you stop by for a tour and tasting, you can pack up your car with a few bottles to enjoy back home long after your visit. Here are our top picks of the best wineries and craft breweries in the area.

 

Local wineries and cideries unveil new drinks & events to make your summer shine

By Cara Aungst

 

Summer is here, and you're going to want to spend some of it at our local wineries. First of all, the locations are stellar. Our local wineries are each situated in a beautiful piece of central Pennsylvania, and many of them have events where you can enjoy their wines and locations in equal measure. Add in summer wines bursting with seasonal flavors like Seven Mountain's Rhubarb and Hungry Run's Blackberry Lemon, and you have the ingredients for a perfect summer evening.

Wine, Brews & Spirits in our Backyard

For one hot minute, my family were winemakers. We never had the cool winery with that always-there smell of some great vintage wafting through the air, or the barrels stacked while the tannins did their magic. It was just a bumper crop of blackberries in our back yard, a corking machine from Amazon, some undying curiosity about the art of winemaking, and a whole lot of heart.

Travel the world from your dinner table

Sean Caviston is on a mission to win your heart -- with wine. The restaurant operations manager and wine director at The Nittany Lion Inn became a certified sommelier in 2016. He found a way to combine his passion for telling the stories of best vintage wines with his passion for showing off the inn's impressive culinary chops by creating the wine dinner series, Tastes of the World.

We found the perfect bottle for your holiday party

By Cara Aungst

 

For many years, my Thanksgivings were spent in Buckeye territory. We didn't talk football … not over dinner at least … but Penn State was represented every year by my favorite wine. If you are like me and are venturing outside of Happy Valley this fall, take a little bit of Central Pennsylvania along with you in the form of some of our delicious, inventive wines and ciders.

 

Summer at The Inn: Tapas, Tight Lines and T-bones

Since 1931, The Nittany Lion Inn has defined Penn State luxury. It pairs nostalgia with world‑class amenities and dining to create a memorable experience. Best of all, you don’t have to stay there to enjoy their award‑winning dining experiences like their summer PA on the Patio, or scrumptious steakhouse menu. Catch up with friends this summer at one of The Inn’s summer picks:

PA on the Patio

Award-Winning Wines and Brews

Think you have to visit a big beer-brewing destination like Portland for top-notch craft brews? Or the vineyards of Napa or Italy to experience the best wine around? Think again, my friend. There’s no need for you to go anywhere at all, when you have the region’s award-winning wines and brews at your fingertips. 

Happy Valley just so happens to be nestled within a premiere wine-growing region and with our bustling foodie scene, it was only a matter of time before craft breweries and cideries began popping up all over the place. 

Make plans for Mother's Day in Happy Valley

STATE COLLEGE – We are less than a week away from Mother’s Day. In short, if you haven’t started planning for Mom’s big day, you better get on it!

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13 and if you’re still stumped on what to get Mom, well, we have some ideas!

Here are some of our top choices:

Mount Nittany Winery

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