Ice Wine Festival in Lake Erie Wine Country

For Immediate Release                                                                      

January 5, 2015

Contact:  Lake Erie Wine Country - Julie Pfadt, Executive Director,, (814) 746-8414

Lake Erie Wine Country Presents First Annual Ice & Specialty Wine Festival

 Lake Erie Wine Country is proud to announce a new event: “FROZEN” Lake Erie Wine Country’s Winter Celebration of Ice and Specialty Wines! The event will feature regional ice wines, sparkling wines, ports and other specialty wines from 13 of the trail’s 25 wineries. It will take place on Saturday, January 17th, 2015 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Grape Discovery Center, 8305 West Main Road, Westfield, New York 14787.

Admission includes 10 wine samples, hot appetizers, live entertainment, a commemorative ice wine tasting glass and a pass for $2.00 off wine or wine tasting at each of Lake Erie Wine Country’s 25 wineries. At 2:00 p.m., Buffalo Ice Sculptor Paul Strada will begin an extraordinary demonstration as he transforms a 250-pound block of ice into an exquisite snowflake. Participants can also enjoy sleigh rides through the vineyards!

While attending the event, visitors will enjoy the unique venue. The Grape Discovery Center features an extensive gift shop and the fascinating Star Family Exhibit Room which tells the story of the Concord grape and the 150-year history of grape-growing in the Lake Erie region. The interactive exhibits offer opportunities to see, touch, smell, and feel different components of what makes the Lake Erie Wine Country region so special.

According to Robert Mazza, President of Mazza Vineyards, the first commercially produced ice wine in the Lake Erie region was produced by Mazza Vineyards in 1984. That is the same year that the Canadians, famous for ice wine today, started producing it. The Lake Erie region is rich in history when it comes to wine production.

Tickets are $35 per person in advance. Advanced-sale tickets are available online at, or at participating wineries (all except 6 Mile, Heritage and Woodbury). Advanced-sale tickets will only be on sale online until Friday, January 16th at noon. Tickets will be available during the event for $40.

The first annual Ice & Specialty Wine Festival is held in conjunction with Lake Erie Wine Country’s annual Bare the Barrels event, which takes place January 16-19. Juice from the 2014 grape harvest is in the tanks, and wineries are eager to make room for upcoming vintages. Visitors are invited to the wineries during this four-day event to find bargains and stock up on favorite wines. Each of the wineries will promote special discounts on wine and merchandise, and many will provide snacks or entertainment. The event is free and no tickets or reservations are required. Winery specials can be seen at:

Lake Erie Wine Country, formerly known as the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail, is a consortium of 25 wineries on a 50-mile stretch along the shore of Lake Erie between Harborcreek, PA and Silver Creek, NY. LEWC is a non-profit organization founded to “support and to market the wine and grape industries in Chautauqua County, New York and Erie County, Pennsylvania through the promotion of excellence in wine products, in winery and associate member facilities, and in the tourism experience in the region.”

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