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Historically known as the "Grape belt of America", the shores of Lake Erie have grown grapes in abundance for more than 160 years. There are over 42,000 acres of vines, most of which are the big-leafed Vitis labrusca, Concord. Though focused primarily on jellies and juices, there is also a thriving wine industry here. Traditionally, the industry was based on both labrusca and hybrids. After Prohibition began, grape growing actually increased along the shores and on the Lake Erie islands. Many growers made wine illegally and sold it across the lake in Canada, or sold grapes legally to home winemakers. It would seem that with its infrastructure, Ohio’s wine industry would boom upon repeal. However, vintners mistakenly chose to compete with California’s bulk wine producers. At the same time, New York wineries established themselves as the east’s premier wine producers. In 1937, four years after repeal, there were 160 wineries in the Lake Erie region. Sadly, by 1967 there were fewer than 20 wineries Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Concord

    Concord started out as a chance hybrid between vitis vinifera and vitis labrusca. It was first introduced in 1843 by ...

  • Niagara

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  • Merritt Estate Winery Lake Erie Chautauqua White NV

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    A light, semi-dry Chablis blend. $8.00 Read More

    Wine review by BRUNOHOEPERS


  • Aleksander Estate Winery Rose

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    No written review

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Aleksander Estate Winery Rose

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    Off Dry Rose from Essex County/Pelee Island region in Ontario, Canada. I am discovering some wonderful wines in this region and I always find hidden gems each time I go. This Rose is a bright pink color and clear. Aromas of strawberry, cranberry, floral, and candied fruit. Light to medium mouth feel, lush, with minimal tannins. Flavors of fresh ... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Hi! I live in Pennsylvania, specifically, State College (home of Penn ... ... of Penn ... I grew up along lake Erie where wine grapes grow prolifically and Welch's has one of the largest grape juice producing plant. My family has visited Napa and Sonoma valleys. We also have enjoyed some of the wineries in New York state around the finger lak... Read More

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  • Mon Ami Winery Pink Catawba NV

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    One of my favorite Ohio wines. Crisp, slightly foxy, refreshing. Great for summer. Read More

    Wine review by bobcatpunk


  • Paper Moon Vineyard Cayuga White 2010

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    Semi-sweet white, refreshing, great wine for summer Read More

    Wine review by bobcatpunk


  • Ferrante Riesling Lake Erie 2002

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    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Johnson Estate Winery Vidal Blanc 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by proagg


  • Mon Ami Winery Pink Catawba NV

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    My wife loves smooth sweet wines and this is one of her favorites. I tend to prefer reds but when I feel like a good blush, I pour myself a glass of this catawba. If you're used to drinking White Zin and like it you should really try this wine. Unfortunately, this varietal can be very difficult to find outside of Ohio where it originates as is t... Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Buccia Vineyards Reflection of Lake Erie NV

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    A fun, unique wine. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


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