Breweries & Wineries

Enjoy fresh, local food and handcrafted beer at our brew pubs along the River Rat Brew Trail or savor sips at our wineries. Spend a day with friends or a romantic weekend with your significant other. Don’t forget to take your favorite brews and bottles home with you. Request our Brew Trail brochure or Winery rack card to start planning your adventure today!

For a full list of our member wineries, visit the “Wineries” section of our our business directory.  To check out our member breweries, visit the “Breweries” section of our business directory.

The River Rat Brew Trail: Blazing a New Trail

Visitors coming to the area this year will have the opportunity to experience a different kind of trail, one that cannot be accessed by traipsing into the Central Pennsylvania forests. This trail can be found by venturing into one of the area’s local brew pubs or tap houses. The River Rat Brew Trail is the region’s first and only craft beer trail, and encompasses 14 local breweries across five counties: Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union. The Brew Trail was organized by the joint efforts of the Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau and the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, and was unveiled to the public in early 2016. The trail’s name pays homage to the people who live along the mighty Susquehanna River and to their ancestors whose lives depended upon the river and its resources. In addition to finely handcrafted brews, the River Rat Brew Trail provides travelers with a beautiful journey through Central Pennsylvania, full of rolling hills, fields, farms, forests, and the Susquehanna River.

Each brewery on the trail produces their own varieties of craft beer and provides a memorable atmosphere to savor exquisite draft selections. Participants are invited to “Join the Rats” and begin the trail at whichever establishment they desire. For more information about the River Rat Brew Trail and how to get started, visit the official website:

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Seasonal Wine Trail Events

Each year, the wineries of Columbia & Montour counties host several seasonal events, allowing participants to enjoy a festive trip through the heart of the Central PA countryside. The counties have a number of fantastic local wineries. During each event, some of the area wineries will participate and offer special pairings and prize baskets for a few lucky winners. Tickets are traditionally FREE, but tasting fees may apply at several of the wineries. This spring, the popular annual Valentine’s Day “Wine & Chocolate” Trail will take visitors to five of our local wineries with a chance to win amazing prize baskets.

This February, treat your sweetheart to a romantic outing filled with wine and chocolate. The “Wine & Chocolate Week” in Columbia & Montour Counties is a great way to celebrate the Valentine’s Day season with a loved one or significant other. From Friday, February 8th through Sunday, February 17th, five area wineries will offer special chocolate pairings with their wines, and participants will have the chance to get tickets stamped at each location for chances to win a prize.  Each winery will provide an individual prize basket and one large Grand Prize basket will be compiled with bottles of wine from each participating winery. Tickets are FREE, but tasting fees may apply at several of the wineries.

The wineries participating in the February Wine & Chocolate event are:

Colonel Ricketts Hard Cider Winery – Benton
Freas Farm Winery – Berwick
Red Shale Ridge Vineyards – Danville Outlet
Shade Mountain Winery & Vineyard – Riverside/Danville Outlet
Three Dogs Vino – Bloomsburg

**NOTE** The trail can be completed during each winery’s normal business hours. Please call or visit individual wineries’ websites for their hours of operation.  

How it Works

  1. If you are interested in participating in the Wine & Chocolate Week, simply proceed to one of the wineries of your choosing during the posted event dates (you may start at whichever one you’d like).
  2. Pick up an event ticket at the first winery you visit – all will have tickets available.
  3. Fill out 1/2 of the ticket and turn it in at the first winery.  Keep the other half to record stamps/signatures.
  4. Enjoy your first seasonal wine pairing and have your ticket authorized in the assigned space for that particular winery.
  5. Proceed to the rest of the wineries during their normal business hours and enjoy delectable pairings + get more stamps/autographs!
  6. At your final winery stop, turn in your completed second half of the ticket to be entered to win any of the prize baskets. All participants who complete every stop on the trail will have a chance to win any of the individual baskets and the Grand Prize basket regardless of where they turn in their ticket.

To get started visiting our wineries, download a copy of our wine trail brochure.

Purple Cow Winery is one of many area wineries dedicated to producing quality local wine.

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