Vino, viini, Wein, wyn, wino...it’s wine time!
Everyone’s favorite drink, wine was Jesus’ best trick, and we still think it’s a miracle. But why stop with grapes? Apples and honey need their time in the spotlight too! That’s why we’re putting together this guide to the best wineries, meaderies and cider houses in Pittsburgh, so you can and your taste buds can taste the magic.
Brew houses are a big part of the Pittsburgh tradition, and beyond that, they’re always a jolt to the heart of any city where they can be found. Local brew houses, especially, offer a means by which to discover a new city. So we’re going on a tour, and it’s going to be sweet...or dry, and maybe with notes of floral.
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The Authentic Winery Experience
2815 Penn Ave.
Mon-Thu 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fri-Sat 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
If you’re looking for a truly impressive and authentic winery experience then you’ve found it with the Pittsburgh Winery.
A california style tasting room and barrel cellar located the basement of a former bank, this winery offers authentic and immersive tasting experiences that you aren’t going to soon forget, or replicate. Get to know the process of wine making as you get to know the friendly and knowledgeable staff.
The wine is also made on site so you know you’re getting the freshest, best glass you possibly can!
Interesting and Exotic Wine in Pittsburgh
An amazing Argentinian winery can be found right here in Pittsburgh. Imagine that, wine all the way from Argentina without ever having to leave the ‘Burgh. Photo taken from Refucilo Winery instagram page
907 Western Ave
Wed-Thu 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fri 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sat 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sun 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Looking for something a little bit exotic without having to leave the Greater Pittsburgh Area?
Well then you need to taste the wine at Refucilo Winery. Their vineyard is located in the Argentinian Andes, but -- lucky for us -- their winery is right here in Pittsburgh.
With a wide selection of wines and tastings available, you’re sure to find you new favorite bottle right here in the North Shore!
From Pittsburgh-Grown Apples to Pittsburgh Cider and Wine
Famous all over Pennsylvania and Ohio, Arsenal is actually located right in our backyard! Photo taken from Arsenal Cider House and Wine Cellar’s Yelp page
300 39th St
Wed-Thur 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fri-Sat 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Yes, it’s that Arsenal Cider House. The one on every draft and bottle list in Pittsburgh.
To look at it, you’d never know one of the best brew houses in Pittsburgh was started right there, but it’s true. The true taste of the city.
Be sure to grab a growler so you can take it to go!
Sip Wine and Cider Before You Buy
Try some great Pittsburgh meads or try one of the dozens of ciders on draft. It’s all good here. Photo taken from Threadbare’s facebook page
1291 Spring Garden Ave
Wed- Fri 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sat 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
If you’re looking for some amazing cider or mead then you don’t need to look any further than Threadbare.
Whatever you’re looking for, they’ve got it. Tastings, they’ve got it. Tours of a local brew house, got it. They even ship to 36 states, so you don’t even have to leave your house!
Sourced from local orchards and bee keepers their ciders and meads are the tastes of the region distilled and fermented into delicious drinks.
They also have a full calendar of fun events at their cider house and around the city so be sure to check them out for ideas for the perfect night out.
The Sweetest Mead in Pittsburgh
Oh boy, look at all those different bottles of mead and wine. You’ve got your work cut out for you today if you want to get through all of them. Better get started! Photo taken from Apis yelp page
206 Mary St
Wed-Thu 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Fri-Sat 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
If you haven’t tried mead before, Apis is the place to start.
Their mead is known in the region as the sweetest and best tasting of all the meaderies in the area, and that’s because they’ve been doing it the longest.
If mead isn’t your thing, don’t worry they still have some great wines in house for you to sip on. Plus, there’s usually a food truck or two for you to enjoy to round out the visit as the best part of you week.
Check out their events page to see what you can grab when you visit so you go at the perfect time
Pittsburgh’s Firehouse turned Wine Cellar
This amazing winery in Lawrenceville is the definition of down home brewing. You’re not going to drink a better or more personal bottle of wine than the ones you’ll find at Engine House 25. Photo taken from Engine House 25 webpage.
3339 Penn Ave
Thu-Fri 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sat 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
It doesn’t get much more local than Engine House 25.
Over the past decade, the good people at Engine House have cemented themselves as a Lawrenceville institution as they’ve settled into their converted firehouse cellar.
If you haven’t been for a tour or a tasting, it’s time to change that. The tasting room hours are listed above, to get into the cellar be sure to call ahead and schedule a tour. If you’re stopping by the tasting room get ready for an experience and some delicious artisanal cheeses to pair with your amazing local wines.
It’s really the best place to go for a great glass of wine.
There you have it, our big 6. These brew houses really get at the heart of what the Pittsburgh scene is all about: local, fresh and friendly. If you’re stopping by be sure to take a few bottles to go to bring Pittsburgh with you wherever you go! Don’t see your favorite brew house? Let us know so we can tell the world about them!