The Lake Erie Wine Region

The Lake Erie Wine Region

When most people think of American wines, they think of those produced in California. Many people are surprised to discover just how much the wine industry is growing in Northern Ohio, Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York.  An abundance of wineries in the area make for wonderful weekend getaways or even a winery tour along the shores of Lake Erie.

There are more than 40,000 acres of grapes being gown in the area and the vintages these wineries are producing are beginning to rival the more celebrated French and Californian wines we all know.  These wines are produced from indigenous types of grapes, as well as, more exotic and important varieties.

The climate of the area has also led to a rise in production of Icewines. These wines are made from grapes left on the vine through the first frost of the season. After being handpicked, they are used to create a truly different and very sweet variety of wine. Typically these wines are produced in quantity in Canada and Germany and the local production leads to a more wallet friendly bottle of Icewine.

Most wineries are open on a daily basis, from mid day through 5 or 6 o’clock in the evening, depending of the individual winery and the time of year. Year-round events, tastings and festivals are scheduled at wineries included along the trail. So the next time you’re looking for a weekend away, look no further than the Lake Erie Wine Region. There are many local wine associations available to help you plan your visit.