Plan Your Craft Beverage Tour of the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Region

Beer, Drink, Food & Drink, Spirits, Things to Do, Tours & Walks, Wine


Written by SOB Creative

Published on October 18, 2021

This article is a paid promotion sponsored by an SOB advertiser and designed to share valuable info with our readers.

Photo courtesy of Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau

Is there anything better than Fall in Western New York? 

For many reasons, autumn might just be the superior season in Buffalo— but more importantly, it’s the absolute perfect time to tour all of the incredible wineries and breweries in Lake Erie Wine Country.

Just about an hour-ish outside of the city of Buffalo, Chautauqua County, New York is home to Lake Erie Wine Country and the renowned Lake Erie Wine Trail. Spanning 50 miles across both New York and Pennsylvania, the Lake Erie Grape Belt includes 30,000 beautiful vineyard acres and 23 wineries to explore. 

From grape to glass, you’ll have a fantastic time swirling, sipping, and savoring the amazing wines and craft beverages that these spots have to offer. Whether you’re planning a girl’s weekend, a romantic getaway, or even just a fun day out with family and friends, Lake Erie Wine Country is undoubtedly the best place to do it if you’re into wine, beer, or craft beverages of any kind.


Take a look at just a few of the fantastic wineries you’ll be able to enjoy along the trail:

Johnson Estate Winery

A family-owned Century-farm and winery with 115 acres of vineyards. Johnson Estate is the oldest winery in New York State, producing award-winning wines from thirteen different varieties of grapes.

21 Brix Winery

21 Brix Winery believes life (and wine) is sweeter shared, which is why their name is inspired by the sweetness in grapes! With the highest-quality wine in Lake Erie Wine Country and a beautiful, relaxing tasting room and surrounding grounds, they can’t wait to introduce you to their best.

Mazza Chautauqua Cellars / Five & 20 Spirits & Brewery

As New York State’s first combination winery, brewery, and distillery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars and Five & 20 Spirits & Brewery truly has something for everyone. Visit their 80 acres of farmland as you sample wines, beers, and spirits and relax on the beautiful patio.

Liberty Vineyards and Winery

Liberty Vineyards & Winery is an experience for the senses. Stop in to see the vineyards and wine-making facility, hear incredible stories about their 150-year-old family grape growing tradition, and taste the delicious wines that come from careful attention to every step of the winemaking process.

Noble Winery

The beautiful view of Lake Erie and the vineyards at Noble Winery make it an absolutely unmatched backdrop for everyday visits and special events alike. This farm winery is family-owned and operated, producing wines that will delight the palate.


Other Excellent Craft Breweries & Distilleries in the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Region:

Photo courtesy of Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau

Southern Tier Brewing Co.

One of Western New York’s most beloved breweries! Visit their expansive beer garden, open seasonally alongside the taproom at their state-of-the-art production brewery.

Ellicottville Brewing Co.

Who doesn’t love a visit to EBC when in Ellicottville? EBC West in Fredonia is a full-service gastro-pub open year round, while EBC in Bemus Point is open seasonally May through November.

Big Inlet Brewery

Love craft beer? Then you need to visit Big Inlet Brewing, offering the highest-quality craft beer in a farm-oriented, family-friendly environment

Grape Discovery Center

Open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11am – 5pm, The Grape Discovery Center is an excellent place to experience and learn about all things grape. Come visit the visitor’s center, gift shop, tasting room, and exhibit area that are designed to tell the story of 150+ years of grape-growing in the Lake Erie Grape Region— admission is free!


Plan Your Craft Beverage Tour

Ready to spend your WNY fall season sipping on delicious craft beverages? Then it’s time to start planning your perfect visit to America’s Grape Country. 

Visit TOURChautauqua’s website to plan your stay, check out a full list of wineries, distilleries, and craft breweries, and receive a free travel guide to help get you started!

Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau

This article is a paid promotion sponsored by an SOB advertiser and designed to share valuable info with our readers.

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