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.
Seven Mountains Wine Cellars
Main Winery Location: 107 Mountain Springs Lane, Spring Mills (or use 324 Decker Valley Road for GPS), 814-364-1000
Boalsburg Wine Bar: 101B N. Main St., Boalsburg, 814-808-6635
Reedsville Wine Bar: 6 N. Main St., Reedsville, 717-667-7089
With a variety of dry red wines, sweet wines, dry and semi-dry white wines, and select vintner’s selections, Seven Mountains Wine Cellars have the perfect wine for any occasion. As the winner of several awards, including the prestigious double gold award, Seven Mountains finds a way to pair a delicious wine with any meal.
The lounge area is also available for private events, and its location between Lewistown and State College make it a great place for gathering friends and family.
Upcoming Events: Live outdoor music will be featured from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on select dates this fall and winter. Watch the website for the latest information about performances.
Oct. 6, Garrett Shultz
Oct. 20, The Wave Duo
Nov. 2, Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos (advanced tickets required)
Nov. 3, Bernie Rich
Nov. 17, Mycena Worley
Nov. 23, Steen Petersen
Nov. 24, Hops & Vines
Nov. 30, Aaron Bossinger
Dec. 1, SGT Bob
Dec. 7, Ryan Carter Trio
Dec. 8, Johnny Manino
Dec. 15, Cousin Neddie
Dec. 21, Jazz Me
Dec. 22, Rhyne McCormick
Dec. 29, Chris Schenk & Delilah
Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery
300 Houser Road, Centre Hall, 814-466-6373; mtnittanywinery.com
Whether you’re in town for a football game or you’re a regular townie, it’s always a great time to visit the Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery, nestled along the mountainside in Centre Hall. The tasting room is open Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 to 5 p.m. Wine tasting is free and tours are available for $7.95, which includes a wine glass with the winery logo.
Harvest Fest at the Winery
Sept. 28 from 12 to 4 p.m. This free event welcomes both wine connoisseurs and casual wine drinkers to leisurely wander through the mountainside vineyard while enjoying local food vendors, vineyard tours, live music, and a complimentary wine tasting. A suggested parking donation will benefit the State College Food Bank.
409 Tailgate Wines
The 409 Tailgate Club was started by Penn State football fans who loved tailgating and running their barbecue catering company. They pride themselves on serving the best barbecue in Happy Valley and now have added wine to their 409 Tailgate family, pairing the perfect tailgate foods with the perfect wine.
Try their tailgate combo pack ($76.99). Get ready for your next tailgate or cookout with all of their great wines and sauces! Bonus: They'll even throw in a 409 Tailgate Club Apron. Features Sapphire Blue blueberry wine, Olde Main pinot grigio, 1855 vidal, 409 Tailgate Sauce, barbecue sauce, and Peachy Pa bourbon sauce.
Hungry Run Wine Cellars
10042 US Hwy 522 South, Lewistown, 717-242-0444, hungryrun.com
If you haven’t participated in a tasting at Hungry Run Wine Cellars, you’re missing out on some of the more unique tastes the Central Pennsylvania wine scene has to offer.
The winery is owned and operated in Lewistown, and named for the Hungry Run stream that passes through Mifflin County. They thrive on bringing creative, unique, and delicious wines to the table because they believe wine shouldn't be so serious. Once you try their wines, you will agree that they are full-flavored and fun!
Try one-of-a-kind finds like Strawberry Watermelon, or just bottled California Dry Reds Malbec and Cab Franc. You can find them now at the State College Wegmans!
Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery
576 South Foxpointe Drive, State College, 814-308-8756; thehappyvalleywinery.com
With the belief that “winemaking begins and ends in the vineyard,” the Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery pours more than a century of expertise in taking care of the vine until harvest time. More than 23 wines, with a focus on dry whites and reds, are grown on the nine-acre farm located in the heart of Happy Valley. The beautiful facility is available for wedding rehearsals and receptions and it’s now host to live entertainment on Friday evenings in the tasting room. Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery is now also available at the Downtown Winter Farmer’s Market on Fridays at the State College Borough Building.
Live music featuring local bands
Friday nights through January, 6 to 8 p.m.
814 Cider Works
J.L. Farm and Cidery, 3392 Shingletown Road, State College, 814CiderWorks.com
814 Cider Works just had their grand opening this summer. It's more than just cider — it's an experience rooted in decades of passion to take what is grown on their land and share it with you. Check out their cider house on the first, third, and fifth (if applicable) weekends of every month.
Just in time for football, try their White Out, a semi-sweet blend of lush apples and white grapes straight off of the vine with a refreshing mouthfeel with subtle tartness.
You can find more about local wineries, breweries, and cideries at HappyValley.com/eat!