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Winter Hours 2018

For your convenience, a list of winery winter hours are below. If not listed, all other wineries are on regular business hours*.

*We recommend calling ahead or checking the winery’s website to verify hours as weather conditions may change them.

A Gust of Sun Winery

  • Ransomville (WEST) Location Hours:
  • January – March:
    Friday & Sunday: 12pm – 6pm
    Saturday: 10am – 6pm
    Other days & times by appointment
  • Spencerport (EAST) Location Hours:
  • Open year round
    Sunday–Friday: 12pm – 7pm
    Saturday: 10am – 7pm
    Open later than 7 pm by appointment or for special events

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards

Black Willow Winery

  • January–March:
    Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 12 pm–6 pm
    Closed Tuesday
    Saturday: 10 am–6 pm
  • March 1st – April 1st
    Sunday – Friday: 12 pm–6 pm
    Saturday: 10 am– 6 pm

BlackBird Cider Works

  • Winter/Spring (November 1–May 31):
    Thursday – Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
    Sunday: 12 pm-5 pm
    By appointment (716.795.3580)

Chateau Niagara Winery

  • January – April:
    Saturday & Sunday: 12 pm – 5pm
    Call (716) 957-2338 for additional hours

Freedom Run Winery

  • January—March:
    Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday: 12pm–6pm
    Friday & Saturday 10am–6pm
    Closed Monday & Tuesday

Honeymoon Trail Winery

  • Winter hours may vary, please call ahead (716) 438-3255

Leonard Oakes Estate Winery

  • January – April:
    Sunday–Friday: 12 pm–6 pm
    Saturday: 10 am–6 pm

Long Cliff Winery & Vineyards

  • December–May:
    Monday: 12pm–4pm
    Friday & Saturday: 10am–6pm
    Sunday: 12pm–6pm

Niagara Landing Wine Cellars

  • January – April:
    Sunday–Friday: 12 pm–6 pm
    Saturday: 10 am–6 pm

Schulze Vineyards & Winery

  • January–April:
    Sunday–Friday: 12pm–6 pm
    Saturday: 10 am–6 pm

Spring Lake Winery

  • January – April:
    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
    During the week by appointment

Schwenk Wine Cellars

  • January–May:
    Saturday & Sunday: 12 pm–5 pm

Victorianbourg Wine Estate 

  • Winter hours (January-April):
    Friday–Monday 12pm–5pm
    *please check victorianbourg.com for all other days

Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms  

  • January—May:
    Mon—Tues: Closed
    Wed—Thurs: 12pm – 6pm
    Fri—Sat: 11am – 9pm
    Sun: 10am – 6pm
  • Winter Food Service:
    Fri & Sat: 5pm – 9pm
    Sunday Brunch: 10am – 2pm
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#UncorkNWT Donates $9,755

Niagara County, NY – During this past Veterans Day weekend, November 10-12, wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail partnered with local charitable organizations to raise money and non-perishable goods.

During the annual Share the Bounty event, wineries accepted non-perishable items and/or monetary donations in exchange for wine tastings to benefit the food bank or charity of their choice. $9,755 combined was raised with over 1,000 items donated during this three-day event.

Non-profit organizations selected by wineries for this year’s event included: Hospice of Orleans, WNY Heroes, Meals on Wheels, Buffalo Pug & Small Breed Rescue, Eastern Niagara Animal Welfare Alliance, ALS Association, Crohn and Colitis Foundation, Mario’s Pet Food Pantry, Lakeview Animal Sanctuary, Rosewell Park Leukemia Division, and the Carlton Fire Company.

Food pantries which benefited from the non-perishable donations and monetary contributions included: the Peanut Butter And Jelly Food Drive, Gasport Zion Lutheran Church Food Pantry, Wilson Community Food Bank, FoodLink of Rochester, Caregiver’s Ministry at Immaculate Conception Church of Ransomville, Care & Share Food Pantry in Ransomville, Barker Food Pantry, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Newfane Community Food Pantry, and the Calvary Cupboard Food Pantry.

“When we all come together, we really can do good for the community. We hope the donations the wineries collected from our generous guests will help those in need this holiday season and in the year to come.” said executive director, Cate Banks.

The wine trail’s next event, Holiday Happening, runs every weekend throughout the month of December during winery business hours. Tickets for the event are limited and include 3 tastes of wine at each member winery, a keepsake wine glass from the first winery visited, and a collectable, locally crafted wooden train ornament set. Attendees may purchase their ticket online for $50 per person, or $65 per couple. For more information on the Niagara Wine Trail USA and the member wineries, partner businesses along the wine trail, and events, visit http://www.niagarawinetrail.org.

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Media Contact:
Elizabeth Maute, Media Director
lizrose@niagarawinetrail.org

About Niagara Wine Trail
The Niagara Wine Trail, USA is nestled between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario in Niagara, Orleans, and Monroe Counties in upstate New York, minutes from Niagara Falls. The wine trail, established in 2002, features member wineries, each offering a unique take on wines that everyone from aficionados to novices in the world of wine may enjoy, and other local partner member businesses. More information may be found on the trail’s website http://www.NiagaraWineTrail.org.

Holiday Hours 2017

For your convenience, a list of the upcoming holiday hours are below.
Please also check winery hours if visiting on dates not listed below.

**Fall and Winter hours are now in effect at several locations.

Flight of Winery Winery: OPEN 10AM – 7PM on Saturdays for December.

11-22 Thanksgiving Eve
  • Flight of Five Winery, Open 12pm – 4pm
  • Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms, Becker Brewing open until 12am for public party
  • Spring Lake Winery, Closed
  • All other wineries on regular or normal winter hours
11-23 Thanksgiving
  • Honeymoon Trail Winery, Open regular hours
  • Lake Ontario Winery, Open 9am-3pm
  • Schwenk Wine Cellars, Open 9am – 12pm
  • All other wineries closed
11-24 Black Friday
  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • All other wineries on regular or normal winter hours
11-25-Small Business Saturday
  • All wineries on regular or normal winter hours
11-26 Sunday
  • All wineries on regular or normal winter hours
12-24 Sunday Christmas Eve
  • BlackBird Cider Works, Open 11am – 4pm
  • Flight of Five Winery, Open 12pm – 4pm
  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • Chateau Niagara Winery, Closed
  • Honeymoon Trail Winery, Closed
  • Niagara Landing Wine Cellars, Closing at 4pm
  • Schwenk Wine Cellars, Open 12pm – 4pm
  • Spring Lake Winery, Closed
  • Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms, Closing at 4pm
  • Victorianbourg Wine Estate, Open 12pm – 3pm
  • All other wineries on regular hours
12-25 Monday Christmas Day
  • All wineries Closed
12-26 Tuesday Boxing Day 
  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • All other wineries on regular or normal winter hours
12-31 Sunday New Year’s Eve
  • 810 Meadworks, Open 12pm – 2am
  • Flight of Five Winery, Open 12pm – 4pm
  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • Schwenk Wine Cellars, Open 12pm – 3pm
  • Spring Lake Winery, Closed
  • Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms, Closing at 4pm
  • Victorianbourg Wine Estate, Open 12pm – 3pm
  • All other wineries on regular or normal winter hours
1-1-18 Monday New Year’s Day
  • All wineries Closed
1-2-18 Tuesday    
  • Freedom Run Winery, Closed
  • The Winery at Marjim Manor, Closed
  • All wineries on regular or normal winter hours

 

Thank You Veterans!

Thank you Veterans and Active Military! 

This Friday (and all year long!) we invite our current active military and veterans to enjoy tastings and special discounts as a small gesture of gratitude for serving our country.

Participating wineries and discounts:

 

810 Meadworks
10% off entire purchase, Year Round
ON VETERANS DAY (Observed): Free Tasting trio or single drink, plus 10% off remaining purchase

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
Free Tastings, Year Round

A Gust of Sun Winery
Free Tastings and 10% off wine purchases, Year Round

Black Willow Winery
10% off wine purchases, Year Round
ON VETERANS DAY (Observed): Free Tastings and 20% off wine purchases

Chateau Niagara Winery
Free Tastings and 10% off wine purchases, Year Round

Flight of Five Winery
10% off wine purchases, Year Round
VETERANS DAY WEEKEND: Free tastings for veterans & 1 guest

Freedom Run Winery
15% off wine purchases, Year Round

Leonard Oakes Estate Winery
10% off wine purchases, Year Round
ON VETERANS DAY (Observed): Free tastings for veterans

Long Cliff Winery & Vineyards
Free Tastings and 15% off wine purchases, Year Round

The Winery at Marjim Manor
Free Tastings and 10% off wine purchases, Year Round

Schulze Vineyards & Winery
Free Tastings and 15% off wine purchases, Year Round

Schwenk Wine Cellars
5% off wine purchases, Year Round

Victorianbourg Wine Estate
10% off wine purchases, Year Round

 

Raise Your Glass for Charity!

Niagara County, NY – Every year the Niagara Wine Trail wineries partner with local food banks and charitable organizations and this year is no different. To ensure a bountiful holiday season for area residents in need, the annual Share the Bounty event, will be held Veterans Day Weekend, November 10th-12th.

Participating Niagara Wine Trail wineries will be accepting non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations in exchange for wine tastings to benefit the food bank or nonprofit organization of the winery’s choice.

Over 2,500 canned goods were donated during Share the Bounty in 2016

Share the Bounty will be held Friday from Noon – 5 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday from Noon – 5 PM and Monday from Noon – 5 PM. Last year The Niagara Wine Trail collected over 2,500 non-perishable food items and $9,000.

The participating wineries include (Sponsored Charities and Tasting Fees may be subject to change):

  • 810 Meadworks: All tasting fees will be donated to Hospice of Orleans. Or, donate one non-perishable, non-expired food item in exchange for one taste of mead. Food items will be donated to Calvary Cupboard Food Pantry in Medina (specific needs include pasta, jelly, cereal, canned vegetables).
  • A Gust of Sun Winery: A portion of tasting fees will be donated to the WNY Heroes organization. Or, donate one non-perishable, non-expired food item in exchange for one taste of wine. Food items will be donated to a local food bank.
  • ArrowheadSpring Vineyards: All tasting fees will be donated to Meals on Wheels
  • BlackBird Cider Works: PB & J Drive: donate a jar of each and receive 3 hard cider tastings. Donations for the Buffalo Pug & Small Breed Rescue, Inc. will also be accepted at the cidery.
  • Black Willow Winery: Tasting fees will be donated to Eastern Niagara Animal Welfare Alliance.
  • Chateau Niagara Winery: All tasting fees will be donated to the Barker Food Pantry. Canned goods will be accepted for the pantry as well.
  • Flight of Five Winery: Tasting fees donated to St. John’s Outreach in Lockport or, donate one non-perishable, non-expired food item in exchange for each taste of wine (up to 3).
  • Freedom Run Winery: Tasting fees will benefit Lockport Meals on Wheels.
  • Honeymoon Trail Winery: Donating tasting fees to ALS Association.
  • Lake Ontario Winery: Tasting fees will be donated to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
  • Leonard Oakes Estate Winery: Tasting fees will benefit Food Link.
  • Long Cliff Winery & Vineyards: Collecting canned goods or cash donations towards turkeys for the Food Pantry / Care Givers Ministry at Immaculate Conception Church of Ransomville. Also accepting donations of bags of dog food towards Mario’s Pet Food Pantry. Guests will receive one free taste for each can (up to four per guest) and 4 free tastes for each bag of dog food. All donation items must have an expiration date of 2018 or later.
  • Midnight Run Wine Cellars: Tasting fees will be donated to Lakeview Animal Sanctuary located in Sanborn, NY.
  • Niagara Landing Wine Cellars: Tasting fees will be donated to Care & Share Food Pantry in Ransomville. Or, donate a minimum of 2 non-perishable food items or PB & J for 6 wine samples.
  • Salamaca Estate Winery: Please inquire with winery
  • Schulze Vineyards & Winery: Donations will be to the Newfane Community Food Pantry as follows: $3.00 or 4 or more nonperishable items for 4 tastes.
  • Schwenk Wine Cellars: All tasting fees will be donated to the Carlton Fire Company.
  • Spring Lake Winery: Proceeds from tastings will go to Roswell Park for the Leukemia Division.
  • The Winery at Marjim Manor: Trade (1) one taste per jar of Peanut Butter or Jelly for the PB & J food drive. All cash donations will be used to purchase peanut butter and jelly for the food drive.
  • Victorianbourg Wine Estate: For each non-perishable food item donated your tasting fee will be reduced by $1 (regular tasting fee is $3, so 3 or more food items donated will earn a free tasting). All items donated will benefit the Wilson Community Food Pantry at St. Brendan-on-the-Lake Church, Wilson NY.
  • Vizcarra Vineyards: Tasting fees donated to the Gasport Zion Lutheran Church food bank.

Sponsored charities and tasting fees may be subject to change.

For a complete list of wineries, tasting fees, and additional information about the Share the Bounty event visit www.niagarawinetrail.org.

Tickets will not be sold for this event, so be sure to bring the requested non-perishable/monetary donation. Groups traveling by bus or limo must call and make reservations with each winery on their itinerary in advance of the event.

Designated drivers and nondrinker attendees are welcome at the wineries at no charge.

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Media Contact:

Elizabeth Maute, Media Director
lizrose@niagarawinetrail.org

About Niagara Wine Trail
The Niagara Wine Trail, USA is nestled between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario in Niagara, Orleans, and Monroe Counties in upstate New York, minutes from Niagara Falls. The wine trail, established in 2002, features member wineries, each offering a unique take on wines that everyone from aficionados to novices in the world of wine may enjoy, and other local partner member businesses. More information may be found on the trail’s website http://www.NiagaraWineTrail.org.

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