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Niagara Escarpment Wine TrailThe Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario have created a unique microclimate suitable for the production of World Class Wines. Experience the beautiful countryside of this area as you spend the day traveling from one winery to another.

There is a wine trail event happening each month. Explore the award-winning wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail USA. Just 1 1/2 hours from Toronto or Rochester, 1/2 hour from Buffalo, and minutes from Niagara Falls, the Niagara Wine Trail awaits the traveler seeking a beautiful combination of wineries, sleepy back wood farm vistas, and a truly rural life within an afternoons drive.

The Niagara USA Wine Trail

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
Freedom Run Winery
Eveningside Vineyards
Honeymoon Trail Winery
Leonard Oakes Estate Winery
The Winery at Marjim Manor
Niagara Landing Wine Cellars
Schulze Vineyards & Winery
Spring Lake at Varallo Vineyards
Vizcarra Vineyards
Warm Lake Estate Vineyard and Winery

 

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
(716) 434-8030
4746 Town Line Road
Lockport, NY 14094
www.arrowheadspringvineyards.com

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards is a small family winery on the Niagara Wine Trail (USA), with a focus on quality fruits and quality wines. We craft our wines by hand in small lots to ensure the best wine is made. The discipline and heart we put into our vineyard pours out in our wine.

Our Vineyard and Winery are located in the Niagara Escarpment American Viticultural Area (AVA) wine-growing region. The hills that support our vines slope from South-East to North-West, giving us very warm afternoon sun exposure across the entire vineyard. We have 65 rows of grapes planted, divided amongst the varietals of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and one row of Malbec. We employ rigorous adherence to low yield practices to increase the fruit intensity. Meticulous sorting methods ensure that only the best fruit will make it into our wines.

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards Tasting Room is Open! We are happy to announce that our tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday from 12:00 noon - 6:00 PM.

Online Wine Shopping is Now Available. Arrowhead Spring Vineyards' wine is now available for purchasing directly off our web site! Click here to browse our wine selections.

 

Freedom Run Winery
(716) 433-4136
5138 Lower Mountain Road
Lockport, NY 14094
www.freedomrunwinery.com

At Freedom Run, we know good wines start with good fruit. We offer vinifera as well as our hybrid and native grapes from the Niagara Escarpment Region. We believe in good wines, good friends and good conversation. We invite you to visit us and take full advantage of what we have to offer you in wine and art.

Freedom Run is a family owned and operated winery. In early spring we invite you to awaken your senses by enjoying our fine wines and the beautiful orchards surrounding the tasting room.

Don't forget to take a walk on a warm summer afternoon through the vineyards and experience the fresh air and the scenic view of the Niagara Escarpment while sipping a glass of our bold red wines. As we get ready for another year anticipating a promising harvest with lively entertainment, we wish to make your visit a memorable one.

 

Eveningside Vineyards
(716) 867-2415
4794 Lower Mountain Road
Cambria, NY 14094
www.Eveningside.com

Come and visit our quaint country vineyard and winery nestled on the bench of the Niagara Escarpment. Enjoy a taste of our fine European style wines. Made with quality, made with care.

At Eveningside Vineyards we believe that good wine begins with good vineyard practices. This philosophy provides you with wines of extraordinary character. We gently press our grapes, and use methods to preserve the wines’s true structure, character and color intensity. Our wines include Cabernet (blend of Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc), Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Rose.

The Niagara Escarpment area is located on the 43rd latitude placing it at or near other great wine regions of the world such as Burgundy and Oregon. All of these areas, including the Niagara Escarpment, are considered a cool climate viticultural regions which are ideally suited for the growing of Chardonnay and Riesling. Wine from these regions are lighter, fruitier and naturally age longer wheras hotter regions produce wines with less fruit definition and a heavier feel in the mouth. The Niagara Escarpment shares many climatic conditions with Burgundy, France. Heat accumulated during the growing season is similar, annual rainfall is in the same range, and vines flower at about the same time in mid June. Both are considered to be affected by continental climate, that is, we are not a maritime climate like Napa with an ocean history.

Fortunately, for Eveningside Vineyards, Lake Ontario is eight miles away and we benefit from its relationship with the Escarpment wall. Lake Ontario is a very deep lake that rarely freezes and is the first lake in the Great Lakes chain. Lake Ontario is 300 feet lower than the remaining four Great Lakes and much of the country. The Lake Ontario region, being so much lower than the rest of the landscape is very much like a valley. The escarpment was the lake-shore of Old Lake Iroquois. Before the last ice age, Old Lake Iroquois was the only lake before the formation of the Great Lakes chain. After the last ice age, Old Lake Iroquois receded back to the present location of Lake Ontario. Eveningside Vineyards sits about half of a mile from the escarpment wall, and at one time, was the lake floor of Old Lake Iroquois. the soils that resulted after the lake receded are unique and it left us with a perfect PH balance of seven.

 

Honeymoon Trail Winery
(716) 438-3255
4120 Ridge Road
Cambria, NY 14094
www.honeymoontrailwinery.com

Welcome to Honeymoon Trail Winery, home of the original Niagara Winery, located on the historic Honeymoon Trail, now known as Route 104. The route leads to the stunning honeymoon capital of the world - Niagara Falls and is minutes from Lake Ontario.

Honeymoon Trail winery offers fine wines carefully crafted by our award winning wine maker using the finest New York State ingredients.

Relax by the large wood burning fireplace in our magnificent tasting room and enjoy a tasting while browsing our gift shop. We also feature a selection of gourmet cheeses and fine chocolates.

We offer our "Tuscany Room" for weddings, bridal showers, meetings, anniversary parties, etc. Catering is available for any occasion. Personalized bottles and glasses are also available to complete your event.

 

Leonard Oakes Estate Winery
(585) 798-1060
10609 Ridge Road
Medina, NY 14103
www.oakeswinery.com

The Oakes Family has a 90 year history of ties to agriculture and the land in the northwest corner of Orleans County. In 2003 we planted our first wine grapes. From that initial planting of six acres and fourteen varieties has evolved what is known today as Leonard Oakes Estate Winery.

Our new endeavor is named in honor of our founder, the first of what is now four generations to farm some of the same land. The unique and fertile soils left behind by the glaciers of the last ice age combined with a climate moderated by the gentle breezes and deep waters of Lake Ontario provide us with one of the few remaining untapped viticultural resources in the world.

We invite you to taste the fruit of our efforts as we attempt to marry modern winemaking skills to the best of both old and new world grapes in our latest family venture.

Leonard Oakes Estate Winery Mission: "To provide a memorable and intimate experience celebrating the history of our family and bounty of our vineyard one sip at a time."

 

The Winery at Marjim Manor
(716) 778-7001
7171 E. Lake Road
Appleton, NY 14008
www.MarjimManor.com

The Winery at Marjim Manor is a place where History & Charm surround you. This W.O.W. (Woman Owned Winery) is owned and operated by Margo Sue Bittner. The Marjim name comes from a blending of her first name with that of her husband, Jim. It is a name they created 25 years ago when they began dairy farming.

This historic Niagara County landmark gained a reputation 100 years ago as a haunted house and in the 20th century became a summer retreat for the Sisters of St. Joseph. We opened in August, 2004 as a winery featuring wines made from fruit grown in local orchards.

The Winery at Marjim Manor specializes in wines that are flowing and soft on the palette. We offer both fruit wines and traditional wines, with luscious new releases scheduled in the next few months. Our two Tasting Rooms include beautiful lake stone fireplaces and period items on display. The winery boutique is filled with wine, fruit and local specialty gift items.

Marjim Manor can host your special events. The second tasting room, front hall and dining room can be closed off for privacy - perfect for private parties! We have personalized wine labels and personalized wine glasses too!

A wine tasting at Marjim Manor is truly a unique and unforgettable experience, complete with stories about our resident ghosts. We also offer non-alcoholic fruit juice for both children and adults to enjoy. After your tasting, you can take a leisurely stroll through the lower level of the house and discover its ambiance and history. You may even encounter one of our ghosts! No recent sightings have been reported...yet.

 

Niagara Landing Wine Cellars
(716) 433-8405
4434 Van Dusen Road
Lockport, NY 14094
www.NiagaraLanding.com

Welcome to Niagara Landing Wine Cellars, resting at the base of the Niagara Escarpment where thousands of years ago, glacial deposits created the fertile basis for our premium grapes.

We at Niagara Landing are celebrating our tenth year in business and are extremely proud of the premium wines we are able to offer. Our release in May of the first Ice Wine ever produced on the Niagara Escarpment USA was made possible by hearty volunteers who harvested frozen grapes and made possible this first vintage.

Vineyards: The winery is nestled in vineyards dating back to the late 1800's, tended by three generations of family viticulturists.

Unique offerings & awards: Our award winning wines range from the smooth and fruity Boxer Blush to the rich and full Cabernet Sauvignon. In season, our garden offers fresh herbs to further compliment your dining pleasure.

A visit to the winery offers a warm welcome, complimentary wine tasting and a self guided tour (guided tours can be scheduled) Take a moment to browse in our gift shop and gallery, featuring works by local artist. Stop by to linger in our tasting room and gift shop. Venture off the beaten path to take advantage of this quaint respite and wine for every occasion.

 

Schulze Vineyards & Winery
(716) 778-8090
2090 Coomer Road
Burt, NY 14028
www.schulzewines.com

Come gather around our gorgeous cherry wood bar and sample our premium still and sparkling wines. Relax on our covered patio while enjoying our beautifully landscaped grounds and vineyards.

Our wines are exclusively made from Schulze Vineyards Estate grown grapes. These grapes vary from dry vinifera, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc to fruity natives, Niagara and Catawba. Hybrids consist of Vidal Blanc and Siegfried Riesling.

Our sparkling wines are fermented in the bottle using the classic French tradition, Methode Champenoise. These sparklers include Vidal Brut and semi-dry, Siegfried Brut, and Cuvee Rose. Crackling Niagara and Catawba are done using a pressurized tank method and will be a great picnic or party bubbly. The sparkling and crackling wines will be available mid summer.

 

Spring Lake at Varallo Vineyards
(716) 439-LAKE
7373 Rochester Road (Rt 31)
Lockport, NY 14094
www.SpringLakeWinery.com

Situated on the Niagara Escarpment, home to the perfect microclimate for world class Riesling Grapes. Come be part of the Western New York experience and taste our very best wines. Our 78 acres with walking paths and 8-acre lake will offer a unique retreat.

Dr. Varallo made wine in his father's basement from the age of eight. He continued that tradition with his family, making wine in the family basement until the winery was built. The Varallos' children assist with all aspects of the winery, vineyard and wine making, taking the tradition into the third generation.

Varallo Vineyards is more than a vineyard, it is a "destination". After four years of research and a test vineyard the Varallo's determined that the best grape to grow on the property would be a Riesling variety. The process began and over 7 acres of vines were planted. A second vineyard of Pino Noir was also planted and both will become Springlake Winery's signature wines. Our wines feature a late harvest Riesling, full bodied with a sweetness appropriate for both entrées and deserts.

Other attractions that can be part of your experience include the Wine Barrel Gift Shop, home to many crafts as well as cookies made with a unique Italian recipe that use a chocolate, orange, and nut grape filling.

Your gathering or ours, we offer a premier destination along the trail, including our exclusive Wine Train, with Music by the Lake the last Sunday of the month beginning in May through October 2008 and outdoor accommodations to handle weddings and an array of events.

 

Vizcarra Vineyards
(716) 772-7815
3724 Quaker Road
Gasport, NY 14067
www.beckerfarms.com

Vizcarra Vineyards is privately owned and operated by the same family that brought you Becker Farms. Like Becker Farms, Vizcarra Vineyards only brings you the utmost quality and service that you deserve. The fruit for our fine wine is picked by hand and produced right here on the premises. We have over 15 fruit and grape wines.

Wine Tasting Parties - Wine tasting parties are perfect for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, birthdays or "Just Because." $5 includes ten tastes of your choice of wine and a commemorative Vizcarra Vineyards wine glass. Facilities are free as long as the group collectively spends $250 towards Vizcarra Vineyards wine.

Groups may bring their own food or we can have it catered for you. We also can provide you with live music. Seating outside is available on our patio overlooking a beautiful landscape.

We are now shipping wine state to state! Call 716-772-2211 to place your order or visit www.beckerfarms.com to shop online.

 

Warm Lake Estate Vineyard and Winery
(716) 731-5900
3868 Lower Mountain Road
Lockport, NY 14094
www.WarmLakeEstate.com

The cellar store at Warm Lake Estate is open 7 days for wine tasting, purchasing the highest rated New State Pinot Noir with a French Burgundian Grand Cru style. Also available are personally guided barrel tasting's of Pinot Noir in our cellar, winery and vineyard tours. You may relax on our deck or on the cool summer garden bench or view the Toronto skyline by remote camera. We also have some wine accessories and wine jewelry from Melting Point.

Warm Lake Estate produces exclusively New York State Pinot Noir from the Niagara Escarpment AVA in western New York, a short drive from Niagara Falls. The Niagara Escarpment is a carbon copy of the Cote D'or in Burgundy France. Depending upon the vintage, Warm Lake Estate Pinot Noir can resemble wine from the Cote de Nuits (2006 and 2007) or the Cote de Beaune (2004). Although Burgundy produces wine from Chardonnay and Auxerrois, at Warm Lake Estate the wines are exclusively 100% Pinot Noir. Burgundy owes it's reputation as a producer of excellent wine to the Monks and Monsateries, at Warm Lake Estate our reputation is based upon techniques take from this rich history. La Tache, Pommard, Richebourg, Clos de Vougeot Volnay are all produced on soil from the Jurassic period rich in dolomitic limestone as is the Niagara Escarpment. The climate of the Niagara Escarpment is so similar to Burgundy that Warm Lake Estate was formed in 2000 to take advantage of the growing conditions.

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