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National Wine Day: A Look Back on Penn State's Extension Enology Program

Posted: May 24, 2012

A short look of Penn State Extension Enology's program in honor of National Wine Day.
Penn State Extension Enologist, Denise Gardner, meets with Christian W. Klay Winery's Sharon Klay on a state-wide tour of Pennsylvania wines

Penn State Extension Enologist, Denise Gardner, meets with Christian W. Klay Winery's Sharon Klay on a state-wide tour of Pennsylvania wines

To honor National Wine Day, the Penn State Extension Enology program would like to take an opportunity to review advances in the program and PA wine industry over the past year.

  • Growth of the PA Wine Industry: To date, there are about 189 licensed wineries in the state of Pennsylvania. More information on growth and development.
  • The first PA Wine Marketing & Research Board Research Summit: This exciting one-day event featured research from Pennsylvania and the neighboring states that is relevant to Pennsylvania's ever growing wine industry.
  • Wine Quality Initiative (WQI): With a program developed several years ago by Penn State's previous extension enologist, Pennsylvania's wine industry continues to strive to improve quality throughout the state.  In 2011-2012, about 1/3 of the industry participated in the newly re-vamped WQI Level 1 and Level 2 program for wine defect identification and sensory enhancement.
  • First Harvest of Research Vineyards in PA: 2011 marked the first harvest and fermentation of Pennsylvania's two research Vineyards in Erie and Adams Counties. Both sites feature about 40 wine-grape varieties to evaluate which will make the best wine in Pennsylvania's various climatic regions.  The hope is that after several years of harvest, more winemakers will have a better understanding of which varieties to plant at their vineyard and sell to their customers.
  • Improved Local Awareness of Pennsylvania Wines: More festivals, Wine Trail events, and local organizational events are featuring Pennsylvania wines. Keep an eye out for events on the PWA website or your local winery's websites.
  • Use of Social Media: Penn State Extension Enology now features a Facebook page (Penn State Extension Enology) and Twitter (@WineNews4You) account.  Make sure you follow today to stay up-to-date on Pennsylvania wine news and get connected to wine people across the nation!