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Eat Drink Local Week, Day 9: Drink Local at Leonard Oakes Estate Winery

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2012 at 10:35 am

Nestled in rich soil along the Niagara Wine Trail are four generations of grape growers. Leonard Oakes Estate Winery produces wine that is standing the test of time, due to a stellar reputation and multiple awards. Owned and operated by the Oakes Family, the estate near Lake Ontario is home to almost 100 years of agricultural experience. Old world philosophies combined with forethought makes them a must-stop on the Niagara Wine Trail. Come taste the fruits of their labor.

As Leonard Oakes’ great grandson, Jonathan Oakes may be a fourth generation fruit farmer but he is the first in the family to make wine. His attention to detail and dedication to producing premium wines would make Leonard proud. Thanks to Jonathan’s vision and talent, the estate Leonard started is getting much-deserved acclaim.

Oakes and the winery, recently received the “Best Dessert Wine” acknowledgment for their 2008 Vidal Ice Wine at the NY Food and Wine Classic.

Outside of wine, Leonard Oakes Estate Winery’s Steampunk Cider has been 10 years in the making, and Jonathan sees his approach as being closer to that of craft beer that winemaking. As opposed to the over processed and usually syrupy sweet flavors commonly found at the grocery store, Steampunk Cider seamlessly blends the structure and complexity of English ciders with the fruit forward qualities of American style cider. With aromas of fresh picked apples, this cider delivers a mouthwatering sparkling texture with the most refreshing balance of crisp acidity and ripe fruit character.

Steampunk Cider was recognized with a double gold award, at the NY Food and Wine Classic.

Summer is the perfect time to try their popular Fuji Wine, made with Fuji Apples grown on the property. Hand harvested and selected for their natural sweetness and crisp acidity, this wine is bold yet elegant.

Leonard Oakes Estate Winery in located in Medina, NY and is open year round. January through April: Noon – 6 pm Sunday – Friday; and 10 am – 6 pm Saturday. April through December: 11 am – 6 pm Monday – Friday; 10 am – 6 pm Saturday; and noon – 6pm Sunday. Find them online at, or on Facebook at Leonard-Oakes-Estate-Winery; and follow them on Twitter @OAKESWINERY.


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