LAKE ERIE WINERIES
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21 BRIX WINERY
JOHNSON ESTATE WINERY
MAZZA CHAUTAUQUA CELLARS
MERRITT ESTATE WINERY
NEW YORK WINE REGIONS:
Also known as Chautauqua, the Lake Erie Wine Region is located along 50 miles of Lake Erie bordering southwestern New York State and Northwestern Pennsylvania, and is home to the oldest and largest Concord grape growing region in the world and the largest grape growing region in the United States outside of California with some 30,000 acres of vineyards, major processing plants and the headquarters of the National Grape Cooperative Association (which owns Welch’s Foods).
Although about 95% of its grapes are Concord, primarily used for grape juice, the region also grows French-American and European wine grape varieties that are made into fine wines. Grape growers in Chautauqua County produce approximately 65% of New York State’s total annual grape harvest including French-American hybrids like Vidal, Seyval, and Chancellor, and European vinifera varieties such as Merlot, Chardonnay, and Riesling. Chautauqua’s vintners produce a range of sweet to dry wines, including popular Ice Wine, brandies and sparkling wines. (sources: New York Wine & Grape Foundation and Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau)