Wines from the North.
Lake Erie is located in the northeastern part of Ohio, western New York, and southern Ontario, Canada. The region's climate is influenced by the lake, which helps to moderate temperatures and provide a longer growing season for grapes. This makes it possible to grow a variety of grape varieties that might not thrive in other regions. The most popular varieties grown in Lake Erie include Concord, Niagara, and Catawba for white wines and Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc, and Marechal Foch for red wines. The region is also known for its ice wine, which is made from grapes that have been frozen on the vine.
The Lake Erie wine region is relatively new, with the first vineyards being planted in the early 1960s. However, in recent years, the industry has grown significantly, with many new wineries and vineyards opening in the region. Today, there are over 30 wineries in the Lake Erie region, and the wines produced here have received numerous awards and accolades. The region is also home to a number of wine festivals and events throughout the year, which attract visitors from all over the country.
Some of the most well-known wineries in the region include:
Debonne Vineyards: Located in Madison, Ohio, Debonne Vineyards is one of the oldest wineries in the Lake Erie region. It is known for its Riesling and Chardonnay wines, as well as its ice wines.
South Shore Winery: This winery, located in North East, Pennsylvania, is known for its wide variety of wines, including a variety of fruit wines, red and white table wines, sweet and dry wines, as well as ice wines.
Spruce Row Winery & Meadows: Based in Erie, Pennsylvania, this winery is known for its dry red wines, made from varieties such as Chambourcin and Cabernet Franc, and its sweet wines. They also offer a variety of fruit wines.
Old Firehouse Winery: Based in Willoughby, Ohio, Old Firehouse Winery is known for its wide variety of wines, including reds, whites, and fruit wines. They are also known for their ice wines, made from Vidal Blanc grapes.
Chateau Tebeau Winery: This winery is located in Helena, Ohio and is known for its wide variety of wines, including dry reds and whites, sweet wines and fruit wines. They also produce popular ice wine.
These wineries and many more offer tastings and tours, and some of them also have on-site restaurants and accommodations for visitors. The Lake Erie wine region is a great destination for wine lovers, with a wide variety of wines to taste and purchase, as well as beautiful scenic views of the lake and the surrounding countryside.