Wines, Brews & Chews
Pennsylvania’s moderate climate and rolling terrain provides some of the best grape growing conditions on the East Coast. With approximately 14,000 acres of grapes, Pennsylvania ranks 4th nationally in the amount of grapes grown and 8th in wine production. Take the scenic route outside Erie and head east on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail an America’s Byway™ to experience the 25 distinct wineries of Lake Erie Wine Country that span PA and NY along the southern shores of Lake Erie. The warm waters of Lake Erie are ideal for grape growing and the proof is in the award-winning wines ranging from Vidal Blanc, Riesling, Country Reds and Whites to Dutch Apple, Blueberry and Ice Wines. Stops at Arrowhead Wine Cellars, Arundel Cellars & Brewing Company, Courtyard Winery, Lakeview Wine Cellars, Mazza Vineyards, Penn Shore Vineyards, Presque Isle Wine Cellars, and South Shore Wine Company are highly recommended. Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing in neighboring Westfield, NY offers premium wines in addition to their high-quality small-batch craft distilled beverages. Finish up at The Grape Discovery Center to learn about the oldest and largest Concord grape-growing region in the world. The grape harvest season culminates in late September with the annual Wine Fest. Tours and tastings are offered year-round.
Where there is water, hops and barley, there are brewers. The Erie region is home to several breweries: Erie Ale Works, Erie Brewing Company, The Brewerie at Union Station, Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing, Arundel Cellars & Brewing Company and Lavery Brewing Company. Each brewery refines their beer from simple ingredients, mixing in a passion for their craft with a personable twist that gives uniqueness to an ever-expanding assortment of flavors, styles and funky names. Grab a growler or a pint of Railbender Ale, Mad Anthony’s APA, Apparition Amber Ale, Liopard Oir or Gutterball. Tours and tastings are available at most facilities, giving visitors the opportunity to learn the process, meet the brewers and sample award-winning beers. Download the Lake Erie Ale Trail Brochure (PDF).
The Erie area restaurant scene has plenty of traditional and non-traditional dining options; a treasure trove of tastes. Sit down for an elegant dinner or grab something on the go. From fine dining, casual dining, family-friendly and fast foods to ethnic restaurants and a variety of unique dining experiences. End your winery or brewery tour and dine at any one of Erie’s fine restaurants including 1201 Kitchen, The Bayfront Grille, Betrand’s Bistro, Cloud 9 Wine Bar, Cork 1794, Latino’s, Mad Mex, The Pufferbelly, Rum Runners Cove, Sara’s, Smugglers Wharf, U Pick 6 Tap House, U Pick 6 Public House or Victor’s.
Wines, Brews, Chews
Backstretch Buffet at Presque Isle Downs8199 Perry Highway
Erie, PA 16509
Bayfront Grille at the Sheraton Hotel55 West Bay Drive
Erie, PA 16507
Choo Choo's Bar & Restaurant at the El Patio2950 West Lake Road
Erie, PA 16505
Edinboro Lake Resort & Restaurant12670 Edinboro Road
Edinboro, PA 16412
Famous Dave's Legendary Bit Bar-B-Que7165 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509
Gigi's Route 6 Heritage Center & Diner344 East Columbus Avenue
Corry, PA 16407
Harbor View Grill3730 Harbor Ridge Trail
Erie, PA 16510