North East, Pennsylvania And The Lake Erie Wine Trail

A vineyard with a view of the ocean located along the Lake Erie Wine Trail.

North East, Pennsylvania and the Lake Erie Wine Trail offer a fun weekend getaway for wine lovers.  In fact, visitors from all around the world visit every year. Additionally, the locals are very welcoming and love to meet new friends.

A map showing the location of Northfield, NJ on Lake Erie Wine Trail.
map of North East, PA (http://www.city-data.com)

North East is a tiny town on the shores on Lake Erie.  It offers charming shops, historic bed and breakfasts, and Lake Erie vistas.  However, the wineries are the main attraction.

You can visit this area any time. Naturally, the wineries are open all year. However, autumn is the peak season.  From September to November, the concord grapes ripen to their peak.  The fragrance fills the air and draws you in…to the nearest winery.

Most certainly, you don’t need to far to find a winery in North East!  This Lake Erie Wine Trail town is home to ten different wineries.

A bunch of grapes hanging on a vine in the Lake Erie Wine Trail region.
Concord grapes are abundant in North East, PA and along the Lake Erie Wine Trail (http://www.theproduceblog.co)

 

 

The Lake Erie Wine Trail stretches along the shore of Lake Erie.  The trail spans from just east of Erie, PA, to North East, PA and 90 miles to Buffalo, New York.  Choose from a myriad of wineries as shown below.

A map displaying wineries along the Lake Erie Wine Trail.
Lake Erie Wine Trail Map (http://www.eastcoastwineries.blogspot.com)

Each September, the wine season peaks. Thus, North East hosts their annual Wine Festival. The festival showcases local wineries, musicians, and food vendors.  Thousands of people converge to celebrate the harvest of the concord grape.

The logo for the Lake Erie Wine Trail's northeast PA wine festival.
Annual Wine Festival in North East, PA celebrates the harvest of the concord grape. (http://www.lakeeriewinecountry.org)

 

For in this town, the concord grape is the king of crops. The concord grape is a cool weather grape. It flourishes in the cool summer evenings.  Furthermore, the gentle breezes come in from Lake Erie keeping a constant level of humidity.  Therefore, the region produces the concord grape in abundance.

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For this town, all of this is great news! This means that the wineries are thriving and the tourists are happy.

Tourists flock to North East to visit these wineries.  The winery employees are gracious.  The vintners are knowledgeable. The atmosphere is fun.

However, most tourists agree that the views are often the best part of their visit to the Lake Erie Wine Trail.

Two blue tractors parked next to each other on the Lake Erie Wine Trail.
Presque Isle Wine Cellar North East, PA (http://www.piwine.com)

These wineries are set on bluffs, high along the shore of Lake Erie.  Of course, you get panoramic views of the vineyards. However, you often get a bonus…a majestic view of Lake Erie.

Additionally, many of the wineries have natural settings including forests and streams. Of course, you are welcome to relax on the private deck and enjoy the views while you sip your wine.

A wine bar along the Lake Erie Wine Trail, showcasing an extensive collection of bottles.
Wine Tasting Room (http://www.heritagewine.biz)
A group of people exploring the Lake Erie Wine Trail in a wine cellar.
Interior of South Shore Winery North East, PA
(http://www.lakeeriewinecountry.org)

On the other hand, you can enjoy the interiors of these wineries.  In addition to gorgeous landscaping and scenic vistas, the interiors are rustic and charming. Often they combine an old world feel with pampered elegance.

Daily tastings and tours are available. Indeed, the tours are fun and informative. Also, the winemakers graciously answer any of your questions.

Finally, you can enjoy tastings of concord grape wine after your tour.  The vintners create wine masterpieces.  Literally, there is something for every taste. The wineries produce wines from dry to sweet.

Lake Erie Wine Trail heritage wine cellars.
Heritage Wine Cellars offers excellent wines on the Lake Erie Wine Trail
(http://www.heritagewinecellars.com)

In addition, there are plentiful orchards in the area. Therefore, the wineries produce excellent peach, blackberry, and apple wines.

Also, you can pair your wines with cheese trays available for purchase at the local wineries. Naturally, the winery hosts are gracious in educating you on proper wine and cheese pairings. In fact, they love to give you advice.

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A stone building along the Lake Erie Wine Trail with a white door.
Lakeview Wine Cellar North East, PA (http://www.deludedrambling.com)

In summary, if you are looking for a fun fall winery getaway…try North East, Pennsylvania and the Lake Erie Wine Trail. You’ll be glad you did!

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