For those unfamiliar with the sprawling, historic Susquehanna Valley, there are nearly two dozen wineries near Harrisburg, PA, set amid rolling hills and serpentine grapevines. O’Reilly’s Tap Room & Kitchen, the pride of The Central Hotel & Conference Center, is known for its extensive tap list. But patrons are often pleasantly surprised to discover a cellar filled with continent-spanning wine labels. We love fine vino as much as any other self-proclaimed oenophile. And it’s easy to revere wine when it’s so readily available here in the Susquehanna Valley.
The Best Wineries near Harrisburg, PA
In hopes of enhancing your next escape to The Central Hotel, we’ve compiled three of our favorite wineries near Harrisburg, PA. Each leesy, herbaceous experience is memorable, thanks in large part to the valley’s flawless blend of natural beauty, prosperous soil, and historic charm. Naturally, we’re going to start with Cassel Vineyards, a quintessential stop in neighboring Hershey, PA.
Full disclosure: Cassel Vineyards is actually situated in the quaint countryside town of Hummelstown, approximately four miles northwest of Hersheypark. Unlike most wineries near Harrisburg, PA, Cassel Vineyards is a true farmstead, complete with agricultural machinery, farm animals (such as curious peacocks, horses, and guineas), and 135 acres of well-groomed terroir. The tasting room, which includes ample covered outdoor seating, is an idyllic place to sample five distinctive varietals—for only $10. The dry Cabernet Franc Reserve, Chocolate Ruby Royale port, and semi-sweet Preakness Pink bubbly are worth the trip.
Nissley Vineyards’ flagship estate is a visual marvel that dates back to the 18th century. The estate’s head-turning architecture, sheer tranquility, and vibrant grapevines set the scene, and the on-site staff handles the rest. Vineyard tours are temporarily unavailable; although, the tastings alone are a divine voyage across the Seven Seas of flavor. Nissley is also one of the only wineries near Harrisburg, PA, that can be found in an average liquor store, which is an added perk if you’re unable to visit the estate. Potential visitors are welcome to bring a picnic and lawn chairs or a blanket, as the 300-acre grounds are chockful of space for social distancing.
Admittedly, Spring Gate isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as the two previously-mentioned wineries near Harrisburg, PA. However, it’s impossible to deny its convenient location, small-town charm, and collective bouquet complexity. The sprawling, 60-acre estate features a barn, courtyard, brewery, and an abundance of green space. Spring Gate does things a bit differently: They offer chilled bottles of wine on-demand, where visitors can purchase some chardonnay, detente, or pinot grigio and simply start sipping away.
Pet-Friendly Hotels in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna Valley
Despite its lavish furnishings, top-of-the-line bedding, and high-end amenities, The Central Hotel remains one of the only pet-friendly four-star hotels near Hersheypark. The Central Hotel, as its name suggests, is a short distance from the Susquehanna Valley’s most beloved attractions, such as Hersheypark, ZooAmerica, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and Wildwood Park. On-site luxuries include a heated indoor pool, business center, game room, concierge services, and dining. To book a well-deserved getaway to Harrisburg, PA, please click the Book Now button (or call us directly at 800-644-3144).