Tours & Tastings
At Nissley Vineyards & Winery Estate, you will be visiting an actual operating winery in a scenic setting. A portion of the tour takes place outside the building, with a short walk to the nearest grape vines. Inside the winery, you will pass among tall wine tanks, as you learn about the wine-making process. In harvest months (late summer and early fall), you are likely to see grapes coming from the vineyards, then being crushed and pressed. In the spring, you are likely to see the bottling operation. We are open year-round, and every season has an appeal of its own.
Wine tasting follows the tour, and it provides an opportunity to sample the wines that we produce. Nearly all Nissley wines are available for tasting, and you may select those which suit your personal preference. The limit is six samples per person.
Tasting is conducted at various places in the winery depending on the day and the weather: cold-weather Saturdays by the fireplace in the main production room, warm-weather days under the archway (al fresco), and other days in the wine shop.
The visitor is guided by a booklet which he carries through the winery. The booklet can be shared among several people in the same group, with one person reading to the others. Color photos and descriptions of the wine-making process make the tour very educational and enjoyable. A self-guided tour usually begins as soon as the visitor arrives. Allow 30 to 45 minutes for the tour and tasting. There is no fee for the self-guided tour alone.
Tasting Fee for Self-Guided Tour:
1 - 8 people....Complimentary.
9 - 20 people...$2.00 per person, refundable upon wine purchase. Splitting the group to avoid the fee is not an option.
Availability for Self-Guided Tour:
1 - 8 people...........Every day. A reservation is not needed.
9 - 20 people........Saturday and Sunday only. A reservation is strongly recommended to avoid being turned away due to space limitations. We cannot accept a group of this size on weekdays due to production conflicts, and splitting the group is not an option.
Arrival Time for Self-Guided Tour:
1 - 8 people.....Mon. to Sat., 10:00 am. to 4:15 pm. Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
9- 20 people....Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
More than 20........Sorry, we cannot accept a group of this size for the self-guided tour or tasting. Splitting the group is not an option. Please see the Guided Tours section.
A well-informed tour guide leads the group through the winery, and conducts the wine tasting at the end of the tour. Wines purchased by members of the group qualify for the case discount price. Allow 1 to 2 hours for the guided tour and tasting, depending on the size of the group.
Tour/Tasting Fee for Guided Tour: $5.00 per person. $45.00 per group minimum.
Start Times for Guided Tour:
9 - 40 people..........Friday morning only. 10:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. only. A reservation is required.
More than 40..........Sorry, we cannot accommodate a group of this size.
Reservations & Advance Notice
To make a reservation, please call the Winery Office, Monday thru Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m: 1-800-522-2387 (Pa and neighbor states) or 717-426-3514, or use the email address above. For a guided tour reservation, we must receive your non-refundable $45 deposit at least two weeks ahead.
Buses are accepted on Friday mornings only, and a reservation is required.
The wine shop carries the same Nissley wines that are served for the wine tasting. It also carries an assortment of quality wine accessories, such as corkscrews, wine glasses and gift items. The hours are Monday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. You will want to purchase wine when you visit, because Nissley wines are not widely distributed.
Persons under age 21 must be accompanied by their own parent or legal guardian. Sharing wine with your children is not permitted.
About Group Sizes
Please note that the winery is an operating production facility. A small group (eight or less) can easily pause to watch the winemaking activities and have enough space to taste wine afterward. However, on most days there is not enough space for a larger group to do so. Tour and tasting availability has been established so that the winemaking process can proceed efficiently.