Nestled in the hear of Lake Erie Wine Country along the shoreline is Johnson Estate Winery, New York’s oldest estate winery. Estate wineries use grapes from their own vineyards to make wine. The entire vinification process from the crushing of grapes to the bottling of the wine is done at the winery. You can’t get any more local than that!
Back in the early part of the 20th century, the now farm winery was originally founded as a tree fruit and Concord grape farm by English immigrant Fredrick Johnson. Sunnyslope Fruit Farm (as it was originally named) specialized in apples, cherries and peaches and concord grapes. The building that was once cold storage for the farm is now the winery’s tasting room.
Today Johnson Estate Winery grows more than Concord grapes. They grow a variety of European vinifera style grapes including Merlot, Chardonnay, and Riesling; some French-hybrid style grapes such as Vidal Blanc, Chambourcin, and Traminette. In addition, they grow indigenous grapes such as Catawba and Niagara. The variety of vineyards allows the winery to produce a broad range of wines that meet the needs of most tasting palates.
Johnson is hosting some exciting events this July including Sunday morning vineyard walks (something we highly recommend if you’ve never done it) and a Locavore Wine Pairing Dinner on July 27, 2012. For more information visit their website at www.johnsonwinery.com or find them on Facebook.