Make Happy Valley Your Home for Wine 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’s our top picks of the best wineries and craft breweries in the area.
Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery
300 Houser Road, Centre Hall, 814-466-6373
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., 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
October 15, 12 to 5 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 and a complimentary wine tasting. A suggested $5 parking fee will be collected to benefit the State College Food Bank.
Candlelight Harvest Dinner
November 2, 6 to 8 p.m.
Mingle with fellow Central Pennsylvania wine aficionados, and those who just enjoy a great meal and great company, for this opportunity to enjoy dinner and wine pairings with meals by Brown Dog Catering. Reservations are available for $59.95 per person.
For more about Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery, see their article on page XX.
Otto’s Pub & Brewery/Barrel 21
2235 North Atherton Street, State College, 814-867-OTTO
Otto’s has been a local favorite for craft beer and locally-sourced food since its opening in 2002. As the restaurant has grown in popularity, it recently expanded to a second eatery. Barrel 21 is a distillery and fine dining restaurant in the same general location. Otto’s features trivia nights (on Tuesdays) and live local entertainment almost every night of the week.
Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery
576 South Foxpointe Drive, State College, 814-308-8756
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 9-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 a 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.
Third Annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival
October 2, 1 to 6 p.m.
With live music from Lowjack, Hops & Vines, and Biscuit Jam, this might be your one opportunity to stomp grapes in classic “I Love Lucy” fashion while learning about the history of wine.
For more information about Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery, see their article on page xx.
Seven Mountains Wine Cellar
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 Wine Cellars offer tours of their grounds, wine cave and production area (must be scheduled in advance). 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 EventsLive outdoor music will be presented on Penn State home football Saturdays and other select dates from 1:30-4:30pm leading into the holidays. Watch the website for the latest information about performances:
October 16, Loren Ferster
October 23, Bernie Rich
November 6, Rhyne McCormick
November 19, Sgt. Bob
November 20, Urban Fusion
November 26, Matt Miskie
November 27, Scott Mangene
December 3, Truth Seekers
December 4, Hops & Vines
December 10, Jazz Me Holiday Show