North East is a borough in Erie County, Pennsylvania, 14 miles northeast of Erie. Fruit growing is the main economy, as the area is a popular for fruit-growing, especially for cherries and grapes. Every summer North East celebrates an annual Cherry Festival and every fall a Wine Country Harvest Festival. North East is home to the junior college, Mercyhurst North East. The “Lake Effect” – the weather pattern around Lake Erie provides an ideal climate for growing a variety of grapes, inciting the growth of a number of reputable and successful wine growers who produce unique wines from grapes grown in their vineyards.
1.Presque Isle Wine Cellars
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Presque Isle Wine Cellars is a renowned winery celebrating fifty years of producing the most award-winning wines in North East, Pennsylvania. Located next to the winery in a beautifully restored farmhouse is the Isle House, the Presque Isle Wine Cellars’ Tasting Room, Event and Conference Center, Gift Shop, and Educational Facility. Guests can sample the winery’s award winning wines, have a sandwich or a cup of soup and buy an unique wine-related gift. From the Isle House guests can take a short walk across a verdant meadow to the cool creek and waterfalls, a perfect spot to enjoy a bottle of Presque Isle wine and have a relaxing picnic on the deck.
9440 West Main Road, North East, PA 16428, Phone: 814-725-1314
2.Heritage Wine Cellars
© Heritage Wine Cellars
Heritage Wine Cellars is a family-owned business that provides its customers delicious, handcrafted, award-winning wines. Heritage Wine offers an unparalleled selection with something for every palate, from unique fruit-infused, to the traditional red and white wines and even more. Heritage Wine Cellars is located in the beautiful vintage old barn built in the late 1800's. The winery is located in one of the biggest grape-growing regions east of the Rockies, and the country’s fourth biggest Concord grape growing region. In the last five years, the Heritage wines have won more than 50 awards. Their tasting room is located upstairs in the old barn.
12160 E Main St, North East, PA 16428, Phone: 814-725-8015
© Mazza Vineyards
Stretched along the shores of Lake Erie Wine Country, in North East, Pennsylvania, Mazza Vineyards use grapes from their own and other local vineyards to produce their award winning wines. The family-owned vinery has more than 40 years of experience and is one of Pennsylvania’s largest wine production facilities. The tours of the vineyards and the vine-producing facility is offered every day, year around. Their three main locations are on the Lake Erie Wine Trail. The tasting room is located in the beautiful Mediterranean villa, inspired by the family’s Italian heritage. Mazza wines are available in many restaurants, bars and stores in the region.
11815 E Lake Rd, North East, PA 16428, Phone: 800-796-9463
© Courtyard Winery
Courtyard Winery’s first wines were released in July of 2010, produced from the grapes grown on the 123-acre vineyard owned by two Californians, Randy and Laura Graham. The winery was developed with an total focus on quality winemaking, from the fruit-sorting table to high tech lab used to evaluate each wine. Courtyard today produces over 30 varieties of grapes from their 10,000-acre vineyards in North East, Pennsylvania. Some grapes are used for dry varietal wines and some for blended sweet wines. The winery has been awarded numerous medals at Pennsylvania and New York wine competitions. The winery provides a wonderful atmosphere for a pleasant visit, a tour and a taste of their wines on the Vineyard Veranda.
10021 West Main Rd, North East, PA 16428, Phone: 814-725-0236
5.South Shore Wine Company
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The South Shore Wine Company was established over 150 years ago by grape-growing pioneers William Griffith and Smith S. Hammond and is the oldest winery in Pennsylvania . Their original historic stone wine cellar, now home to the sister winery Mazza Vineyards, is a witness to the beginnings of the today’s flourishing grape and wine industry in area. Beautiful and historical setting, more than 40 years of winemaking experience and a unique wine selection invite visitors to come and enjoy one of the most unique wineries in the Lake Erie Region. A part of the old South Shore Inn has been made into a banquet hall, available for rent for meetings and small events.
1120 Freeport Rd, North East, PA 16428, Phone: 814-725-1585
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