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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:


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
THIS FRIDAY: 20% off wine purchases

Eveningside Vineyards
10% off wine purchases, Year Round

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

Freedom Run Winery
15% off wine purchases, Year Round

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



Share the Bounty Ensures a Bountiful Holiday Season for Area Residents

Niagara County, NY – The Niagara Wine Trail wineries have partnered with local food banks and charitable organizations to ensure a bountiful holiday season for area residents in need. During the annual Share the Bounty event, held November 11th-13th, 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.

Canned goods donated during Share the Bounty in 2015.
Over 2,000 canned goods were donated during Share the Bounty in 2015.

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 2,000 nonperishable food items and $12,000. Some of 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). * Will open at Noon on Saturday, 11/12

  • A Gust of Sun Winery: A portion of our 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.

  • Arrowhead Spring Vineyards: All tasting fees will be donated to Meals on Wheels

  • Black Willow Winery: Tasting fees will benefit the Asha animal sanctuary. We will also be collecting donation items for them.

  • Eveningside Vineyards: Tasting fees will benefit Response to Love Center in Buffalo.

  • 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 one taste of wine.

  • Freedom Run Winery: Tasting fees will benefit Lockport Meals on Wheels.

  • Honeymoon Trail Winery: Donating tasting fees to Niagara Hospice.

  • 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 2017 or later.

  • Niagara Landing Wine Cellars: A dollar of every tasting will be donated to a young breast cancer patient; a Chinese auction will be held from Nov 11 to Dec 11 with proceeds going to the benefit as well. Collecting non-perishable items for a local family in need, and PB & J jars for the peanut butter and jelly drive.

  • 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 Kendall Community Food Cupboard.

  • 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.

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


Elizabeth Maute, Niagara Wine Trail Media Director

Niagara Wine Trail Invites Partner Businesses for 2017

Niagara County, NY – The Niagara Wine Trail USA is currently accepting applications for “Partner Businesses” to be listed in their upcoming 2017 brochure and website.

In the past, paid business and organization listings on the website and brochure were called “Associate Members.” The change in designation is due to several factors, as explained by Executive Director, Cate Banks.

“Part of the wine trail’s mission is to promote local businesses – like our very own member wineries – and drive visitors to the wine trail.” Cate says that describing these local listings as Partner Businesses now is “a call to action for our guests to extend their stay and discover the other local treasures of our area. Bringing visitors to experience the wine trail isn’t just about wine tasting, it’s about keeping them in our area and growing our regional economy.”

Each month thousands of visitors find their way onto the wine trail’s website seeking to get more information on the local wineries, find events, and plan their outing. Whether you are a local Western New Yorker, or visiting from out of the area, the “Plan Your Trip” section on the website and in the brochure can be a wealth of information.

“We have broken down this section into several categories,” says Media Director, Elizabeth Maute. “This section on our website continues to be one of the top five visited areas each month. Many locals will even pick up our print brochures and keep them for the year so they have a quick reference guide on hand, and to help plot their trip using the wine trial map.”

In 2016 the wine trail distributed over 100,000 brochures, and had thousands of downloads and views for the digital version. Print brochures can be found in local businesses and hotels throughout WNY, in tourism centers in Binghamton, Syracuse and Rochester along the thruway, and they were placed in and around the Cleveland area during the Republican National Convention this past summer. The Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation also carries the brochure in the Niagara Falls Welcome Center. The trail hopes to expand this distribution in 2017 to more areas in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

A “Full Partner Business Membership” for 2017 includes a listing in the brochure and on the website with the business or organization’s contact info and a 100-word description. Partial memberships are also available for businesses looking for just a digital listing. All website listings also include the placement of a logo or a brand photo and a link back to a respective website and/or social media network. In addition to Partner Business Memberships, advertising space is also available in the brochure and on the trail’s website.

Applications for the 2017 Partner Memberships may be downloaded from the trail’s website (2017-brochure_form). Payments and applications are being accepted now, but a late fee will apply to listings purchased after November 15, 2016. All listings and advertising content will be due December 1st, 2016.

For more information, please contact the Niagara Wine Trail USA Brochure Committee:
Cate Banks 716-622-1832 /
Elizabeth Maute 716-812-4866 /
Ann Schulze 716-778-8090 /
Jackie Connelly 716-433-3360

Celebrate the Harvest and Local Pride!

Niagara County, NY – The Niagara Wine Trail is celebrating the fall harvest season and all things local with their annual Harvest Festival. Taking place this weekend, September 24th & 25th, participants can taste a different harvest-themed food sample paired perfectly with a wine at each of the 20 participating wineries. Hours for the event are Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm.
Event tickets for the weekend are $22 per person in advance online through Thursday, September 22nd. Tickets will be available for $27 per person at the wineries during the event. Each event ticket is valid for both days of the event and include a tasting of 3 wines with a sample of a harvest-themed dish at each of your choice of 10 participating wineries, and a commemorative wine glass from your starting winery.
Event attendees are welcome to visit different wineries each day in any order they choose. As a reminder, ticket prices do not include transportation. Guests touring by bus or limo, regardless of size, should call the wineries in advance to make an appointment to alleviate congestion during this popular event. A valid photo ID with proof of age is also required to participate in wine tasting. For more information, wine events along the trail, and to purchase tickets, visit the Niagara Wine Trail online at

Sips and Dips! Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Each Sunday in August, (7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th) participating wineries will pair a light dip-able snack with a featured wine, mead or cider.

Bite-size portions of a participating winery’s chosen appetizer or dessert is included with their tasting fee, or as a separate add-on for that particular day. Tasting fees and pairings will vary in price per winery.

Pairings for August 28th, 2016:
Flight of Five Winery
Cucumber Feta Dip

Niagara Landing Wine Cellars
To be announced!

The Winery at Marjim Manor
Two bread spreads; Cabernet Sauvignon with Cherry spread and White Wine Bruschetta.

Spring Lake Winery
Nana’s Biscotti dipped in chocolate, suggested pairing is Cabernet.

A Gust of Sun Winery – Ransomville
A dip mix by Tastefully Simple: Garlic Garlic served with beer bread or pretzels. Each week a different flavor with a suggested pairing. Dips available for purchase.

Freedom Run Winery & Vineyards
Sweet Hot Pepper Relish/Cream Cheese dip paired with Catawba and 2013 Estate Meritage.

Victorianbourg Wine Estate
Indulge your plate with a scrumptious white wine sun-dried tomato basil dip paired with our unique and delicious Traminettes (one dry and one semi-sweet). Our dry Special Selection Traminette is a crisp white bursting with notes of apple, citrus, and spice with a slightly floral aroma. Our semi-sweet Traminette has strong notes of spice, honey, apricot, orange, and melons. Two truly decadent wine.

Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards
Honey Apple Pecan DipNew pairings added to the line up all week long!

Honeymoon Trail Winery
Bruschetta paired with Cabernet and Honeymoon Sweet


Tastings on Sundays are from 12pm – 5pm. Calling ahead to wineries is recommended for groups of 6 or more. Samples each weekend are available in limited supply, so come early!


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