Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery

About

A visit to the winery is a wonderful way to spend part of an afternoon in Happy Valley. Whether you want to stop by to pick up a bottle for dinner, stock up for those Penn State alumni parties, or just enjoy a tour and tasting, Mt. Nittany is a short, scenic drive away from the heart of State College. Your route will take you by the quaint, historic village of Linden Hall, through farmland and fields, and up the mountain lane to our winery on the side of Mt. Nittany. As you approach along a narrow wooded road, the view opens to vineyards and the Tussey Mountain range in the distance. Follow signs to the tasting room on the upper level of the chalet-style wine building. Our staff will be happy to offer you a free wine tasting and assist you with a wine purchase. The Tasting Room on the upper level of the chalet has a cathedral ceiling and is furnished with antiques. In addition to 20+ varieties of wine available for tasting and sale, we offer our logo t-shirts, hats, glassware, wine carafes and coolers, local food items, and a complete assortment of winery accessories. A spiral staircase leads to the winery below and double doors from the tasting room open to the covered deck and springfed pond. During your visit, you may taste wine (free of charge) during regular business hours, or pre-arrange a tour and tasting with one of our knowledgeable staff members. Group tours conducted by winery staff are available year-round with advance notice. A short walk from the tasting room you will find our spacious banquet room and meeting facility. The Vintners Loft is a lovely, private room with views of the pond and lower vineyard. The Loft is the site of special winery events throughout the year, including food and wine pairing events, wine trail weekends, and our annual Harvest Festival.

Location Description

Nestled on the side of Mt. Nittany, seven miles east of State College and Penn State University.

Features

  • Producing award-winning wines.

Additional Information

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Average Bottle Price

$ 15

History

The winery was opened for business in July of 1990 by proprietors, Joe and Betty Carroll, who had been amateur winemakers for 20 years during Joe’s career as a professor in the College of Business Administration at Penn State. Their purchase in 1983 of the sixty-five acre property was followed in 1984 by the first grape plantings. The entire winemaking operation was initially contained in the original chalet-style building which now houses a state of the art bottling line.

A spiral staircase leads upstairs to the tasting room and views of the adjacent pond, mountain range, and the five acre vineyard.

During harvest in the fall, the grapes are processed on a covered cement crush pad with a modern, stainless steel crusher/destemer and bladder press. Several additions to the winery have increased tank and barrel storage capacity to over 12,000 gallons. The latest addition in 1998 provided needed bottle storage and a second-floor banquet room for winery events, conferences, and catered events.

Practices & Techniques

The open exposure and excellent air drainage on the southern slope of Mount Nittany protects against early and late frost damage and creates a favorable environment for growing European and hybrid wine grapes.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

The five acre vineyard has seven varieties, including Cayuga, Seyval Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, de Chaunac, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Awards

2014 Great Lakes Wine Competition

Gold – 2013 Nittany Mountain White
Gold – 2013 Geisenheim
Silver – 2013 Chardonnay
Silver – 2013 Riesling
Silver – 2013 Vignoles
Silver – 2013 Tailgate Red
Silver – 2013 Nittany Mountain Blush
Silver – 2013 Nittany Mountain Mist

Bronze – 2013 Cabernet Franc
Bronze – 2013 Merlot
Bronze – 2013 Proprietor’s Select White

2013 Great Lakes Wine Competition

Silver – 2012 Autumn Nectar
Silver – 2012 Bergwein
Silver – 2012 Chardonnay
Silver – 2012 Merlot
Silver – 2012 Nittany Mountain Blush
Silver – 2011 Nittany Mountain Red
Silver – 2012 Vignoles

Bronze – 2012 Geisenheim
Bronze – 2012 Nittany Mountain White
Bronze – 2012 Proprietor’s Select White
Bronze – 2012 Riesling
Bronze – 2012 Tailgate Red

2012 Great Lakes Wine Competition

Double Gold Medal – 2011 Vignoles

Gold – 2011 Nittany Mountain White
Gold – 2011 Riesling
Gold – 2011 Traminette

Silver – 2010 Cabernet Franc
Silver – 2011 Pinot Grigio

Bronze – 2010 Montage
Bronze – 2011 Geisenheim
Bronze – 2011 Nittany Mountain Red
Bronze – 2011 Nittany Mountain Blush
Bronze – 2011 Tailgate Red

2011 Great Lakes Wine Competition

Silver – 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Silver – 2010 Chardonnay Reserve
Silver – 2010 Geisenheim
Silver – 2010 Merlot
Silver – 2010 Tailgate Red

Bronze – 2010 Bergwein
Bronze – 2010 Nittany Mountain Blush
Bronze – 2010 Proprietor’s Select White
Bronze – 2010 Riesling
Bronze – 2010 Pinot Grigio

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Hours

Tue - Fri: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sun: 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Address

300 Houser Rd
Centre Hall, Pennsylvania 16828
United States

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