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“Best PA wine” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Va La Vineyards

Va La Vineyards
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Avondale
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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162 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Best PA wine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2013 via mobile

The best locally made wine I've ever had. Usually end up going here a few times a year. The bottles are more expensive than most PA wines. But, they are worth the extra money because you will enjoy them.

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“Visit a true wine pioneer”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2012

Once you visit Va La you'll realize good wines can be made anywhere - even in Pennsylvania. True, weather and soil aren't as good as in Nappa, but all it requires is enterprise and ingenuity.
Before coming to the winery, browse their unique website All pictures and content are created by the visionary behind the winery.
The grounds and tasting room are beautiful. Go upstairs and get in line. You'll hear about the winery's quest to create the perfect grape for Pennsylvania soil and climate, and his extreme blending practices of up to 6 grapes in a single batch.
The wines keep changing from year to year, in tune with the declared strategy, so if you like their wines the place is worth re-visiting every year, as we've been doing.
The Mahogany is a super rich deep red wine, with long after taste and unique aroma, Excellent with meat.
If you go for the more understated wines, try Silk, It's got less of a bite and the smooth after taste is perfect for a cheese platter afternoon.
If you like your classic cabs and Merlo, this place is a new experience. The wines is different, bold and intriguing and even if you don't like it as much as the famous California wines - I believe for many of you like me you'll realize it's eminently drinkable and come back next year to follow the progress of a true modern-era wine pioneer.

Visited December 2011
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Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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“A taste of California.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2012

The staff is very knowledgeable and the ambience is very relaxing. The tastings with cheese, divine, and sitting on the deck and looking over the vineyards is like being home in Santa Rosa, California. My favorite place to take out-of-towners.

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Philadelphia
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12 attraction reviews
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“Wines were excellent but pricey”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2012

Best wines I have had in PA, but I did think the cost at $20 for a tasting was a little high.

They do pair a cheese or chocolate with each wine which really enhanced the flavor.

Enjoyed the experience here

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Wilmington, Delaware
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“Unsuspecting Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2012

Beautiful vineyard off the beaten path. They also have a small shop with gormet foods. Try the cheese in honey, delish! It is great to have a bite to eat with the tastings. They have a great back patio area. Buy a bottle of wine, some snacks and enjoy!

Visited August 2011
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