Jilbert Winery was farmhouse-chic long before some enterprising catalogue marketer dreamed up the style. That's because the winery takes up residence in an historic post-and-beam barn, raised in 1905. Floor-to-ceiling planks make up the walls, exposed roof beams support strings of lights and paper lanterns, and three fireplaces warm patrons and the ghosts of farmers. The location makes for a rustic counterpart to the refined wines and artisan appetizers, such as the spinach feta handcrafted pretzel or freshly baked petite French bread loaves served with virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar blended with Italian spices.
It also acts as the tasting room for Jilbert Winery's slate of wines. Here, folks take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city to relax with a glass of Cardinal Sin, a light, dry red made from the quintessentially American Concord grape. For something a little lighter, the rosé distinguishes itself with Catawba grapes, known for producing semi-dry, fruity wines.
Since 1946, John Christ Winery has been a destination for locals and tourists alike, who stroll across the verdant property and sip samples of the many wines made onsite. John Christ Winery continues to welcome visitors to the rustic tasting room decorated with Americana memorabilia and plenty of windows to let in natural light. Taking a seat at a table or sidling up to the bar, visitors can sip samples of the red, white, and perpetually embarrassed blush varietals.
Local wine enthusiasts Joe Wathey and Erica Antoniotti wanted to open a Tuscan-style winery that not only made great wines, but had a warm atmosphere and scenic views, too. In Nauti Vine Winery, they hit the bull's-eye on all three goals, especially the setting: Nauti Vine rests along the shores of the Portage Lakes, enveloping the winery in postcard-worthy vistas. And Nauti Vine makes the most of it—huge windows bring the views inside the rustic tasting room, and an outdoor patio complete with heaters that sits down a stone stair path right along the waterfront.
During visits, guests can soak up the surroundings while sipping the current stock of wine, from the La Bella Vita pinot noir to the Mela Verde riesling. Visitors can also move beyond wine to try selections from the company's very own line of microbrews, dubbed Mucky Duck Beer—options include the Run-A-Muck pale ale and the Muckraker white ale.
Buon appetito! Eat your heart out at Ferrante Winery and Ristorante, where the freshest, five-star fare will fill any Italian appetite.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Ferrante Winery and Ristorante has something that every stomach will enjoy.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Ferrante Winery and Ristorante's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Ferrante Winery and Ristorante is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Those searching for a quiet dinner scene may have better luck elsewhere, as the restaurant tends to get rather noisy.
Head to Ferrante Winery and Ristorante in comfort, where attire is business casual.
Don't fuss with street parking. We've got some parking available.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Ferrante Winery and Ristorante.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Ferrante Winery and Ristorante accepts major credit cards, including Discovery and AMEX.
Ferrante Winery and Ristorante's Italian food gets the highest price; come taste why!
So get ready to discover all the best flavors of Italy under one roof at Ferrante Winery and Ristorante.
Matt Meineke was at an impasse. After crafting many batches of wine in his own home, Matt was running low on ways to improve the product's quality, save for one: growing the fruit himself. He and his family eventually settled on a 12.6-acre lot that was already planted with Niagara grapes. But that was barely the end of his trials. The old vines would need to be removed, the land would need to be adjusted for pH and nutrients, and the entire plot would need to be left fallow for a whole year. It would be 2011 before the first batch of wine could be bottled.
But it was worth the wait. That lovingly nurtured wine now fills the racks inside M Cellars' rustic tasting room, waiting to sigh "about time" with each popped cork. Shoes clapping on the hardwood, visitors can swirl pours of Matt's pinot noir, cabernet, and riesling into their glasses, furthering their enjoyment by snapping up bottles to take home or by expanding their wine knowledge with friends in one of the shop's Wine 101 classes.