Erie County is home to one of the largest grape-growing regions in the country, featuring lush lakefront vineyards and charming small towns like North East, where a walkable downtown features local shopping, restaurants and parks, and is the Erie County start to Lake Erie Wine Country.
Lake Erie Wine Country is the largest grape growing region in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. Featuring 30,000 sprawling acres of vineyards and more than 20 distinct estate and commercial wineries, Lake Erie Wine Country spans 50 miles of shoreline from Harborcreek, Pennsylvania to Silver Creek, New York along the southern shorelines of Lake Erie. The area's wineries produce diverse wines for all tastes, from fruity native Labruscas and exquisite French-American wines to European-style wines and award-winning favorites. Most wineries offer tours, special events and concerts throughout the year.
There's no better time to visit Lake Erie Wine Country than in the fall. As you arrive for tours and tastings, make sure to roll down the car windows to smell the beautiful aroma of more than 30,000 acres of fresh grapes at harvest! Lake Erie Wine Country also hosts various themed events such as Tapas & Wine Weekends, Bare the Barrels, Wine and Chocolate Weekends and the annual WineFest. Pictured: South Shore Wine Company
Get a taste of Lake Erie Wine Country's best by taking part in the Vintage Erie Wine Challenge! Check into six wineries in Lake Erie Wine Country between September 15 and October 31 and you will receive four Lake Erie Wine Country bamboo appetizer plates and one grill flipper.
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Experience the Erie region's most popular harvest with wine tours, one-on-ones with the winemakers, and through other immersive experiences at Lake Erie Wine Country's 20 wineries. To tour Lake Erie Wine Country safely and in style, local transportation services offer vehicles in a variety of sizes to accommodate groups touring Lake Erie Wine Country. Rupp Limousine offers public and private wine tours, making a day of wine tasting both comfortable and convenient.
With acres of vineyards surrounding the wineries, and on-hand experts with decades of experience honing their craft, opportunities to immerse yourself in Lake Erie Wine Country are abundant. Courtyard Winery has created guided tours for a more intimate winery experience at their North East location, such as Meet the Winemaker and Picnic in the Vineyard (both are seasonal and weather-permitting). At nearby Johnson Estate Winery, weekend Morning Vineyard Walks are a relaxing opportunity to meander rows of 13 varieties of grapes on more than 100 acres of land.
The Grape Discovery Center is the official visitor’s center for the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt Heritage Area. Explore, learn, taste and shop the essence of the grape industry and the beautiful Lake Erie grape region. Explore interactive displays, learn to appreciate the history of the industry and region, taste the fruits of sixteen different wineries, and shop the crafts of local and regional artisans. Admission to the Center is free.
Fill your glass with the crisp, sweet flavors of fall in Erie this season, and you can earn prizes courtesy of Lake Erie Wine Country. Check into six wineries in Lake Erie Wine Country between September 15 and October 31 and you will receive four Lake Erie Wine Country bamboo appetizer plates and one grill flipper.
1. Download the free 'Hello Erie' Trip Planner App.
2. When you visit one of the participating wineries, click on 'Wine Challenge' in the 'Hello Erie' Trip Planner App to check into the winery you are visiting.
3. After checking into six wineries, you'll receive a completion badge.
4. Stop in to VisitErie's office (Intermodel Transportation Center 208 E Bayfront Pkway, Suite 103) and show your badge to get your gift! If you can't pick up the gift in person, give us a call (814-454-1000) and we'll mail it. The gift is limited to the first 200 people to complete the challenge.
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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.
Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.
Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”
The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.
Join us for Summer Days at Port Farms from August 5th through September 10th! Enjoy 5-acres of u-pick flowers, themed festivals every weekend, special events, dances, live music, farm treats, specialty drinks, 20+ farm attractions and more! There is something for everyone.
UPMC Hamot is a 458-bed hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital serves as a regional referral hub and is the only accredited trauma center in the region.
Erie Events manages a four facility entertainment complex that includes the Warner Theatre, Erie Insurance Arena, Bayfront Convention Center and UPMC Park. These four venues host a variety of events that include world-class entertainment, family friendly shows and sporting events.
Cart/Horse Distilling is a first-generation woman-owned distillery, pioneering the craft in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Handcrafted care never goes out of style. We put that artistic attention into every bottle of our small batch spirits. Cart/Horse proudly produces rum, whiskey, vodka, gin, and several award-winning specialty liquors. Our robust cocktail menu uses the finest and freshest ingredients for each custom-built drink.
AHN Saint Vincent has been here from the beginning, providing award-winning inpatient and outpatient medical care. Need express care? We’ve conveniently placed AHN facilities on the west and east side of Erie, just walk-in! AHN Saint Vincent is not only recognized locally (Erie’s Choice- Best Hospital) but nation-wide, so you can expect high-quality care, greater safety, and better results.
This 18-hole course is the newest addition to Oliver’s Beer Garden, offering stunning views of Erie’s Bayfront and the Bicentennial Tower. Play your round and then enjoy delicious food & drink from the snack bar or Oliver’s Food Truck!
The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.
Showcasing the incredible year round beauty of the City of Erie and its surrounding areas, commonly referred to as its area code "the 814". Explore some of Erie County's most breathtaking landscape photography.
The Mazza family welcomes you to explore 3 unique locations in Lake Erie Wine Country. Sip and savor award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA, and be sure to visit their combination winery, distillery and brewery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, in nearby Westfield, NY.
Direct daily flights to Charlotte. Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte with connections to many other destinations.
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