Though both William Penn and Benjamin Franklin advocated for the production of wine, it was not until 1787 that Pierre Legaux founded the first commercial vineyard in the state and the nation.
Veteran wine journalists Hudson Cattell and Linda Jones McKee offer more than just a taste of the complex story of the Pennsylvania wine industry — from the discovery of the Alexander grape and the boom of Erie County wineries in the 19th century to the challenges of Prohibition and the first farm wineries that opened in the 1970s.
Join Cattell and McKee as they explore the Keystone State’s distinct wine regions and tap the cask on their robust history in their new book, “Pennsylvania Wine: A History,” which was released this month.
Cattell and McKee founded “Wine East” magazine in 1981 and published it until the magazine was merged into “Wines & Vines” in 2008. In 1976, Hudson first wrote about Pennsylvania wine as co-editor of the Pennsylvania Grape Letter and Wine News and in his book, “Presenting Pennsylvania Wines.” McKee co-authored “Pennsylvania Wineries” in 2000 with Richard Carey.
Both authors continue to be active in the wine industry, and together they edit the Wine East section within “Wines & Vines” magazine. McKee is the co-owner of Tamanend Winery in Lancaster, and has judged professionally in national and international wine competitions. Cattell is widely known as a journalist covering the wine industry in eastern North America and has written extensively on the history of wine in the East.
The new paperback is available at local stores and online at www.historypress.net.