We should all make an extra effort to support local small businesses — including Pennsylvania wineries.
Here are a few ways you can help PA Wine Land thrive this winter:
1. Keep Up Those Wine Runs
Just because you’re cut off from society (temporarily!) that doesn’t mean you’re cut off from the local wine that you love. Many PA wineries are still open for business, offering home delivery and curbside pickup. While tasting rooms doors are closed, these sales will help our wineries weather the storm. (Take a look at our up-to-date list of how wineries are safely serving their customers.)
And keep an eye out for local bottles at wine shops and food markets. “We are selling wine through wholesale channels, primarily grocery stores,” says Mario Mazza of Mazza Vineyards. “Any orders or purchases help keep us going during this difficult time as we work to keep our staff on board and working!”
2. Add to Cart
Attention all shoppers! Pennsylvania is home to nearly 300 wineries, and with online shopping, buying a bottle from across the state is just as accessible as buying one from down the road. So, click around. This could be the perfect time to get acquainted with a new winery that you’ve heard about but never visited. For a list of wineries that offer direct shipping — plus information about holiday specials — click here.
3. Join a Wine Club
When you find a winery you can’t get enough of, joining their wine club is the perfect way to stay connected – and stocked up! The format of wine clubs vary from winery to winery, and can include regular shipments (or pickup) of hand-selected wines, virtual wine tastings, special access to newly released vintages, and other exclusive “members only” benefits.
“If you don’t belong to a Wine Club, NOW is the time to do it,” urges Carley Mack of Penns Woods Winery. “There are tons of great deals and bonuses that customers can receive from being a wine club member. Not only do you save money every time you purchase wine, but it’s a great way to connect with other like-minded wine-lovers.”
Get started here. Already a member? You can help by renewing your membership or by being the best friend ever and gifting a membership to a lucky pal.
4. Buy Gift Cards
Consider this an investment. By purchasing a gift card from a Pennsylvania winery, you can brighten the day of someone you love from afar or give yourself something to look forward to. Spend those dollars in the short term or stash them away for a future afternoon of sipping and snacking with a view of the vines.
5. Stay Social
Engage with your favorite wineries – or ones you’ve always wanted to visit – on social media. Show your love with a mention, tag, or photo of the local wine you’re cozying up with and encourage others to follow your lead – they’ll appreciate the social shout out. And don’t forget to tag us @pawines and throw in the hashtag #PAWineLand.