Long Weekend: Grapes by the Lake

Drive this 50-mile stretch of road along Lake Erie and visit more than 20 wineries.
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The first winery in Lake Erie Wine Country was built in 1859, two years before Napa Valley began its foray into the grape biz. Today, a roughly 50-mile stretch of road from Harborcreek, Pennsylvania, to Silver Creek, New York, features more than 20 wineries.

  • Established in 1961, Johnson Estate winery is New York’s oldest estate winery, which means that every drop comes from grapes grown on its land. johnsonwinery.com
  • Crazy for Concords? The Lake Erie Grape Discovery Center pays homage to the variety that started growing here in 1849. grapediscoverycenter.com
  • Hook up with Lake Country Bike for a 14-mile bike tour that includes stops at three different wineries. lakecountrybike.com
  • Newbie 6 Mile Cellars may be just three years old, but its tasting room is housed in a century-old horse barn. 6milecellars.com
  • One of the region’s vino veterans, Heritage Wine Cellars features tours by appointment and a tasting room open 365 days a year. heritagewine.biz
  • At the South Shore Wine Company, wine is stored in a cavernous stone cellar that dates back to the winery’s origins in 1867. ss.mazzawines.com
  • The latest addition to the Mazza family’s wine empire is Five & 20, a hybrid brewery/distillery/winery that covers all manner of sin. fiveand20.com

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