Lancaster Valley (AVA)
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Only in recent years has Lancaster Valley returned to the wine scene, after a 100-year sabbatical. The first vineyards were planted here in 1790, and flourished well into the mid-1800s. Plagued by disease and some unusually cold winters, the industry was wiped out and vine growing did not resume until the 1960s. Located in southeastern Pennsylvania, the Lancaster Valley is over 30 miles long and 12 miles wide, encompassing over 225,000 acres, 400 of which are under vine. Home to less than 10 wineries, this appellation is featured in many of the state’s winery trails. More accurately described as the "Lancaster Depression", the boundaries of this appellation are defined by its highly-elevated surroundings. Similar to other valleys in the state, the Lancanster Depression rests on an easily-eroding, very well drained and deep limestone bed. Lancaster Valley is rich and fertile, making it the wealthiest agricultural community in the entire state. While grapes are not the premier crop, the fruit is rich and ripe, resulting in juicy Cabernets, Chardonnays and Rieslings.

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Q: What are the most recognized grapes grown here?
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The AppellationAmerica database identifies 16 wines labeled with the Lancaster Valley designation.

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Q: What other wineries source fruit here ?
There are no other wineries that source fruit from this appellation
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