Schulze Vineyards and Winery is located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario. The lake effect climate and rich soil enable us to produce unique still and sparkling wines. We are an Estate Winery, producing vinifera, hybrid and native grapes. Our commitment to growing the highest quality grapes is the hallmark of our award
When Nana and Papa Varallo brought winemaking to America from Italy, they unknowingly brought a livelihood for their successors. Son Nicholas made wine in Papa's basement from the age of 8, then taught the techniques to children Dominic, Cristina, and Americo Varallo. Now all three generations contribute to the development of the family's Spring Lake Winery, which offers group vineyard excursions, rentable wedding space, and, of course, the Varallo's award-winning wines.
To the Spicola family, wine isn't simply something sipped on at dinner or during a party. Rather, it's the family heritage, which forms a bridge between generations. Today, Dominic Spicola runs the Winery of Ellicottville with his son-in-law, but years ago, he worked alongside his father, Francesco, an Italian immigrant schooled in his home country's winemaking tradition. Together, the duo crushed and pressed annual harvests into barrels of wine, making sure their relatives had enough to fill glasses at dinner and water balloons at family picnics throughout the year.
Today, Dominic and his son-in-law mesh this Old World wisdom with New World techniques to craft chardonnays and merlots, reds and whites. They sell their bottles from an unassuming shop on Monroe Street, where sky-blue walls, family pictures, and shelved knickknacks surround a sun-splashed bar.
Fox Run is situated on the slopes overlooking one of the deepest parts of Seneca Lake -- a winery with fifty acres of vineyards producing a remarkable range of fine, hand-crafted wines. Fox Run Vineyards has become one of the truly great cool-climate wine producers in the Finger Lakes region and the world.
At The Winery at Marjim Manor, proprietor Margo Sue Bittner and her family craft quality wines from the bountiful harvests of western New York's Fruit Belt. Grape gurus can choose from a liquid litany of reds, such as the stately, dry Lord of the Manor ($10.95/750 mL, $6.49/375 mL), a choice selection of whites, such as a crisp and clear Lady in the Window ($14.95), or from an assortment of blushy hybrids of whites and reds. The Winery's dulcet fruit wines, including the apricot Heart of Gold ($23.95/750mL) or Cranberry Crescendo ($13.95/750 mL, $7.49/375 mL), satisfy sweet teeth with complex flavors in a package more exotic than grape wine and more mature than Capri Sun.
A Gust of Sun Winery's name is more than a lovely turn of phrase. It's also a nod to the name of its founders, Erik and Shane Gustafson, a couple whose love for each other bloomed on the latticework of a shared love of wine. It all started when Shane took a wine appreciation class at their alma mater, Purdue, and convinced her new beau to follow suit. Erik became an oenophile too, and when they married they relocated from Indiana to his native western New York, where grapes flourish.
The duo tilled and sowed the land themselves, literally building their orchard from the ground up. From there, they added some sunny, sophisticated indoor lounges and tasting rooms. In August 2011, they opened their doors and started cracking open bottles of the seven wines they had created at the time. Since then, a Gust of Sun Winery has continued to fill glasses as well as schedules, arranging events, workshops, and tasting parties with the same dedication they pour into the creation of new wines.