Both residents and tourists in the Endless Mountains of PA enjoy making an occasional stop at one or all of our Bradford County area wineries. They are close enough to each other that you could technically make the loop to all of them in one day, but since you will want to spend some time at each, I recommend visiting them over a weekend. There are many hotels in the area to choose from, and you will find those in Wysox/Towanda very convenient to the winery locations.
Hidden Creek Winery (located over the county line in Susquehanna County) is in a secluded location near a creek and a little more off the beaten track than the other facilities, thus the name is appropriate. From US Route 6 at Laceyville, travel north on Route 367. Hidden Creek is off Route 367 and has good signage for the two turns required to find this hidden gem. This winery has many special events and festivals annually. The wine is top notch, with my favorite being Mud Wasp which is a grape dessert wine with a hint of chocolate flavor. Hours are on Thursday through Sunday.
Grovedale Winery in Wyalusing PA is the most accessible as it is open daily. It is conveniently located just off of US Route 6 on Route 2010 across from the Wyalusing Area Schools, and has good signage. It is the most versatile as it has the River Barge Brewery at the same facility. If your party consists of both wine and craft beer fans, everyone can have a positive experience at this location. The River Barge has many special events on Friday and Saturday evenings, so if I were making a weekend of doing the wineries I would visit on a weekend evening to catch the entertainment event while visiting both at the winery and the brewery. The vineyards are lovely and are located right beside the winery, so you can see the grapes growing in season.
Pickering Winery is easy to find, located on Route 187 about 5 miles north of Wysox PA. My favorite wine is Fran Cat. a semi-sweet blush, and if you are lucky you may meet Fran the Cat who is the winery’s mascot and inspired the name of this wine. I personally like the wines produced from this winery the best. Hours are on Thursday through Sunday.
Antler Ridge Winery is located close to Pickering, so these two are easy to visit on the same day. Continue north on Route 187 from Pickering, Antler Ridge is located off of 187 with good signage indicating the turn. My favorite wines are the Antler Ridge Red made from Steuben grapes, and their CranRasberry fruit wine. In addition to good wines, the shop at Antler Ridge features a wide selection of home wine making supplies for those who like to try their hand at wine making at home. Hours are on Wednesday through Sunday.
Laddsburg Mountain Winery near New Albany is easy to find off of 220 with good signage. This winery has the most limited hours, as it is only open on Saturdays and Sundays. My favorite wine here is the Bonasa, a fruit wine with a peach flavor.
If you were to try to visit all five of these in one day, the distances are not prohibitive but your tasting time and quantity might be limited. I would recommend doing them in the order presented above to insure minimal backtracking. As you travel from one to the other, you will also get to view a lot of beautiful Bradford County scenery, and when you arrive at your destinations, you will find that all of these wineries have sufficient parking. Hope to see you at one of these soon!