Boutique wineries on the southern shore of Lake Erie in New York & Pennsylvania

Liberty Vineyards & Winery


Because great vines make great wines.

Liberty Vineyard award-winning Rufus Red wine was named for Gary Burmaster’s great grandpa Rufus Butler who established the winery’s first grape vineyards in Sheridan, New York in the 1860’s. The Burmaster farm has been a productive grape farm ever since, with each of the last three generations planting different grape varieties. All of the grapes used in Liberty Vineyard’s wines are grown locally (most are grown right on the winery property.)

After years of selling their fine grapes to other wineries, wine-loving Gary and Pam Burmaster and their daughter Beth decided to expand their operation to include a winery. Liberty Vineyards & Winery opened in February 2008. They now produce over 20 wines and take great pride in nurturing their grapes and wine from the moment they trim the vines to the moment the cork is sealed in the bottle.

From the décor to the wine, Liberty Vineyards is a delightful fusion of old and new. The tasting room features antique lighting and a grand wall of fine wood cupboards and shelves that once graced an historic local tobacco shop as its humidor. Now, the humidor is the focal point of an inviting, contemporary space where you taste a variety of award-winning wines, shop for unique wine-related items or relax in a comfortable seating area.

Liberty creates a variety of wines from their premium dry reds to the sweet wines in their classic “Rock and Roll” series, including Lucy’s In the Sky, White Side of Moon and Purple Haze, and everything in between. Modern making and bottling equipment allow the Burmaster’s to continue the wine-making tradition started by Grandpa Rufus long ago.


Our Wines

PINOT GRIGIO (DRY)–Crisp with green apple, lemon and mineral notes. Enjoy with seafood or cheese and crackers. Highly Recommended” – 2012 Beverage Testing Institute (Chicago, IL)                            
DRY RIESLING (DRY)–Crisp with lemon and peach notes; great with shellfish, spicy foods and mild cheeses. GOLD  – 2011 Grand Harvest Awards (Sonoma, CA)

DRY DIAMOND (SEMI-DRY)–Hints of pear, green apple, lemon and vanilla. Great with seared tuna or sushi. SILVER – 2011 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition

TRAMINETTE (SEMI-DRY)–With floral aromas and spicy flavor, pair with turkey, ham, salmon, and spicy Asian or Mexican dishes. GOLD – 2012 Grand Harvest Awards (Sonoma, CA)                                                                              
RIESLING (SEMI-SWEET)–Clean and fruity with peach and apricot notes; the perfect accompaniment to glazed ham or Chinese food. DOUBLE GOLD – 2012 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition
DIAMOND (SEMI-SWEET)–Hints of pineapple and tropical fruits; serve with fresh fruit, poultry, or seafood. BEST OF CLASS/DOUBLE GOLD – 2012 Indy International Wine Competition, DOUBLE GOLD – 2011 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition, GOLDS – 2011 Grand Harvest Awards (Sonoma, CA); 2011 Tasters Guild International Wine Judging; 2010 Grand Harvest Awards; 2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

TRIFECTION (SEMI-SWEET)–Sweet and sophisticated. A great choice to serve those who prefer a slightly sweet wine at dinner parties and get-togethers. GOLD– 2012 Grand Harvest Awards               
WHITE SIDE OF THE MOON (SWEET)–Tastes like a bunch of grapes plucked fresh from the vine.  Perfect to sip when hanging out with friends. DOUBLE GOLD – 2012 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition

CAT NOIR (SEMI-SWEET)—Try this fruity wine with cheese, appetizers and light dishes. GOLDS – 2012 New York State Wine & Food Classic, 2011 Grand Harvest Awards (Sonoma, CA); 2010 New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition; 2010 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
REDS, WHITES, & BLUES (SWEET)—A blend of some of our red, white & blue grape varieties. Served alone or in Reds, Whites & Blues Sparkling Sangria, this one is always a hit!   Best of Class, Chairman’s Award (Unanimous Gold) – 2012 Riverside International Wine Competition; “Highly Recommended, Best Buy” – 2012 Beverage Testing Institute (Chicago, IL)

LUCY’S IN THE SKY (SWEET)—Peach, apricot and strawberry notes. Perfect to sip on a lazy afternoon.    BRONZES– 2011 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition; 2011 Tasters Guild International Wine Judging                                                
2010 PINOT NOIR (DRY)—Silky with hints of cherries and berries. Delicate enough to pair with salmon and poultry, or enjoy with traditional “red wine foods”.

2010 CABERNET SAUVIGNON (DRY)—Hints of blueberries, black cherries and smoke. Enjoy with steak, roast beef and hearty dishes.
2010 BARREL-SELECT CABERNET SAUVIGNON (DRY) – Deep garnet in color, this wine features cherry and dark fruit notes. Try with a gourmet cheeseburger, beef, pork or mushroom dishes.
NOIRET (DRY)— This wine features plum and black pepper notes. An elegant accompaniment to beef and pasta dishes.
2010 BARREL-SELECT NOIRET (DRY)—Intense color with a rich berry nose. Hints of cherry, black raspberry, and black pepper. The perfect wine to enjoy with blue cheese, filet, or lamb. GOLD – 2011 Riverside International Wine Competition (Riverside, CA)
                                                                                                                                                       2010 SYRAH (DRY)—Bursting with dark fruit notes, this wine is great alone or with red meat dishes, especially beef stew, tenderloin, or venison. Savor this special wine with close friends.
2011 MARQUETTE (DRY)—This food-friendly wine features a rich color and silky finish. Cherry and spice notes. BRONZE - 2012 International Women’s Wine Competition

RUFUS RED (SEMI-DRY)—Fruit-forward with a long finish. Try with pizza, pasta, or beef dishes. GOLDS  – 2010 New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, 2010 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition
FREDONIA (SEMI-SWEET)—Great with grilled or broiled chicken, pork or beef. Serve chilled or mulled for a warm treat. CHAIRMAN’S AWARD, UNANIMOUS GOLD– 2010 Riverside International Wine Competition, DOUBLE GOLD, BEST OF CLASS – 2009 Indy International Wine Competition, DOUBLE GOLD – 2009  Appellation America, SILVER – 2012 New York Wine & Food Classic, 2011 International Women’s Wine Competition (Sonoma, CA)
RICHTER RED (SEMI-SWEET)—This semi-sweet, fruity wine was created to be shared with loved ones. BRONZE – 2012 NYS Fair Commercial Wine Competition

PURPLE HAZE (SWEET) – Great with burgers, chicken wings, and snack foods. “Experience” this one with friends. DOUBLE GOLD – 2012 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition, GOLD – 2012 Taster’s Guild International Wine Competition

CHOCOLETTE (SWEET) – A sweet Marquette wine infused with natural chocolate flavor. The perfect ending to a romantic dinner. Try with fresh berries and cream or pour over vanilla ice cream.


Contact Us

Phone: (716) 672-4520
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 31
Sheridan, New York 14135


Monday-Saturday: 10-6

Sunday: 11-5


Wine Types

Premium Dry Red
Barrel-Select Cabernet Sauvignon, Barrel-Select Noiret, Syrah

Cabernet Sauvignon, Fredonia, Noiret, Purple Haze, Rufus Red

Cat Noir, Cool Cat, Lucy’s in the Sky, Reds, Whites, & Blues

Chardonnay, Dry Riesling, Riesling, Diamond, Dry Diamond, Traminette, White Side of the Moon


Where are we located?

Street Address:
2861 Main Road
Sheridan, New York 14135