The Lake Erie American Viticultural Area (AVA) encompasses more than two million acres of land on the shores of Lake Erie, including land in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. Over 42,000 acres of vines grow there, providing grapes for wines, jellies and juices. Grapes were first cultivated in this area in the early 19th century. The thriving wine industry in the Lake Erie, Pennsylvania area includes four wineries that produce outstanding Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and other wines. For more information on the vineyards, wineries and wines of the Lake Erie, Pennsylvania wine region, see below.
Arrowhead Wine Cellars. This Lake Erie winery has been producing internationally acclaimed wines since 1998. Their Chardonnay has aromas that include lemon and pear, and flavors that include tropical fruit and peach. Also try their Riesling, a semi-dry white wine with aromas of violet followed by flavors of nectarine and apricot. They also have excellent fruit wines, including cherry, peach, and apple spice. For more information on this Lake Erie Pennsylvania winery and its wines, click here.
Conneaut Cellars Winery. This Lake Erie Pennsylvania winery produces many award winning wines. Their grapes are aged in French and American Oak barrels, and are used to create wines that vary from American farm wines to old world European wines. Founded in 1982 on the south side of Lake Conneaut, this winery is open year round to the public and offers tours and tastings. It produces about 8,000 cases of wine each year. While it has no vineyards of its own, all of its grapes come from the Lake Erie Appellation. Their Gewurztraminer is an off-dry wine that has aromas of apricots and pineapple, followed by flavors of grapefruit and spice. Also try their Pinot Grigio, a dry white wine with citrus aromas and flavors of vanilla and cream. For more information on this Lake Erie Pennsylvania winery and its wines, click here.
Heritage Wine cellars. Originally a 100 acre fruit farm in 1805, this Lake Erie Pennsylvania winery was founded as Heritage Wine Cellars in 1976. It produces over 50 varieties of wine, including Merlot, Cabernet Blanc, and Chardonnay. The winery is owned and managed by the Bostwick family, who have been in the grape and wine industry for more than 150 years. Their Chardonnay is outstanding, with aromas of lemon and peach, followed by flavors that include pineapple and orange. Also be sure to sample their Merlot, which has aromas of plum and black cherry, as well as flavors that include caramel and spice. For more information on this Lake Erie Pennsylvania winery and its wines, click here.
Mazza Vineyards and Winery. Located along the shores of Pennsylvania’s Lake Erie, Mazza Vineyards and Winery are one of the premiere wineries in this region. Established in 1973, the vineyards grow both classic wine grapes and European hybrids. Mazza Vineyards focuses on Germanic varieties of wine, including Rieslings, and was the first winery in Pennsylvania to produce ice wines (ice wines are created by pressing the grapes while they are frozen.) Mazza’s Niagra is the number one selling wine in Pennsylvania. Try their Chardonnay, a dry white wine that has been aged in French and American oak with flavors that include butter and smoke. Also try their Merlot, a red wine with soft tannins, aromas of berry, and flavors of black cherry and oak. For more information on this Lake Erie Pennsylvania winery and its wines, click here.