The Steel City is home to breweries, fantastic food and a slew of events highlighting the great products that all our local purveyors have to offer. But Pittsburgh has also become a hot spot for wineries producing high quality, unique blends that pay homage to our region’s endless innovation.
Adorned with wine barrels, original pieces of art and lights strung between rafters, the Pittsburgh Winery is both cozy and contemporary. Owner Tim Gaber first began his exploration of wine more than 15 years ago. He studied at UC Davis and learned how to make world class wine right here in Pittsburgh. The winery is able to source Premium California and Chilean wine grapes which they pair with innovative processes to yield premium results. A small but substantial selection of dry reds are available at the cellar as well as a Lodi California Zinfandel.
“Pittsburgh made and Pittsburgh proud” is the mantra at Kavic Winery. Located less than 10 minutes outside of downtown Pittsburgh, Kavic characterize themselves as an urban winery that grows all of their grapes in Pennsylvania and depends on a small group of locals to help them harvest and create their final product. Kavic Winery produces more than a dozen varieties of red and white wine including the Duquesne: a semi-dry white wine of “European subtlety and bold American flavor”. Stop in for a free wine tasting on weekend afternoons at this welcoming and internationally recognized winery.
R Wine Cellar
The R Wine Cellar brings handcrafted wine to Pittsburgh sourcing grapes from some of the best growing regions of Pennsylvania, California and South America. Glühwein, a favorite amongst patrons, is served warm and inspired by the spiced red wines served at German festivals. The wine cellar boasts an impressive selection of red and white wines and includes some unique flavor profiles, like Fiona Peach Chardonnay, that are both memorable and distinctive. This family owned winery is an essential Fall stop for anyone looking to have an afternoon of diverse wine tasting that won’t break the bank.
Apis Mead & Winery
Apis is an essential destination for a diverse variety of drinkers. The space’s rustic aesthetic makes it welcoming and warm for all patrons. Apis has created a slew of unique meads including Hopped Passionfruit and Pomegranate Rose. The winery offers a laid back ambience complete with board games, cheese and crackers, and a BYOFood policy for those looking to pair their mead with a meal. If you’ve never had mead it’s high time you tried it.
Greendance – The Winery at Sandhill
A visit to Greendance is a day trip that will provide you with the unmatched pleasures of pastoral wine country. Pure fruit wines, Mediterranean boxed lunches, and a connected farm store that sells fresh fruit and homemade pies are just the tip of the iceberg. Greendance is home to over 40 different types of wine including a large selection of dessert wines. The winery also includes an apple orchard perfect for a picnic accompanied by a hand selected wine pairing and the occasional live music performance.