One of the first wineries in Pennsylvania, family owned and operated Mazza Vineyards helped pave the way for the region’s wine industry.
When Robert Mazza’s family moved to America from Calabria, Italy, they brought with them the desire to carry on their grape-growing heritage. Robert was a young boy in North East, Pa. at a time when new varieties of wine grapes were being planted and laws allowing commercial wineries were just beginning to be re-visited. He knew as a teen that he wanted to open a winery, and to that end, he graduated from college in 1972 and incorporated Mazza Vineyards with his brother, Frank, in the same year.
Although you might expect Italians to make Italian wine, the region’s climate is most suitable for Germanic grape varieties. So Robert brought in a talented German winemaker who taught him how to make excellent Germanic-style wines. That tradition of quality has carried on for almost four decades, and Mazza wines have steadily evolved into award winners that compete with and beat German wines on an international stage.
Not forgetting their Italian heritage, however, the Mazza’s have recently introduced their “La Famiglia” brand of wines that includes Barbera, Nebbiolo, and Sangiovese, all dry red classic Italian varietals grown along Lake Erie on a site with ideal soils and climate for varietals that are typically not seen in the region. Mazza Vineyards currently boasts a wine list showcasing a wide variety of wines, ranging from sweet table wines to dry premiums, fruit wines, sparkling wines, and even dessert wines including the limited and very rare Ice Wine of Vidal Blanc.
At Mazza Vineyards, the entire family participates in maintaining the Mazza commitment to quality. After graduation from the University of Adelaide in South Australia with a master’s degree in oenology in 2005, Robert’s son Mario joined long-time winemaker Gary Mosier, and today Mario and Hungarian native Peter Szerdahelyi carry on the winemaking tradition. Also in the family business are Mario’s wife, Mel, Robert’s wife, Kathie, and daughter Vanessa, who serves as creative consultant. Together, with their large and well-trained staff, Mazza personnel work hard to make sure your visit to Lake Erie Wine Country is an unforgettable experience, complete with great atmosphere and great wine.
Chardonnay - dry, medium-bodied, oak aged
Pinot Grigio - dry, complex taste with crisp acid
Riesling - delicate, semi-dry
Vidal Blanc - semi-sweet, slightly fruity*
Niagara - sweet and fruity, white*
Chambourcin - dry, oak aged, medium body
Merlot - dry, oak aged, soft tannins*
Cabernet Sauvignon - dry, oak aged, medium body
Cabernet Franc - dry, oak aged, spicy character
Barbera "La Famiglia Mazza" - classic Italian varietal, dry red
Nebbiolo "La Famiglia Mazza" - classic Italian varietal, dry red
Sangiovese "La Famiglia Mazza" - classic Italian varietal, dry red
Concord - sweet and fruity
Country Blush – medium-dry, fruity
Pink Catawba - sweet and fruity, rosé
Bare Bones Red - an off-dry blend of premium reds
Bare Bones White - a white blend with a touch of sweetness & a clean finish
Country White- medium-sweet, white blend
Country Red – medium-sweet, red blend
Reflections of Lake Erie - a blend of the best of the Lake Erie region
Sparkling Riesling - bottle fermented, semi-dry
Victorian Holiday - spiced and aromatic, served hot*
Cream Sherry - rich, smooth and toasty
Port - intense fruit, Old World style
Crystals of Chambourcin - harvested then frozen; dessert style
Crystals of Steuben - harvested then frozen; dessert style
Ice Wine of Vidal Blanc - limited and very rare, dessert style
Peach - sweet, intense aromas
Cherry - sweet, intense aromas
Raspberry - sweet, intense aromas
Spiced Apple - semi-sweet, spiced
11815 East Lake Road
North East, Pennsylvania 16428
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July – August
Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
September – June
Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Bare Bones Red, Bare Bones White, Country Red, Country White, Reflections of Lake Erie
Country Blush, Pink Catawba
Cherry, Peach, Raspberry, Spiced Apple
Chambourcin, Concord, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Barbera "La Famiglia Mazza", Nebbiolo "La Famiglia Mazza", Sangiovese "La Famiglia Mazza"
Cream Sherry, Port, Crystals of Chambourcin, Crystals of Steuben, Ice Wine of Vidal Blanc, Victorian Holiday
Niagara, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Vidal Blanc, Riesling
Where are we located?
11815 East Lake Road
North East, Pennsylvania 16428
Find Mazza Wines at These Wine Shops:
Mazza Wine Shop at Baldinger's Candy
Visit our Pittsburgh friendly location right inside of Baldinger's Candy, carrying both South Shore and Mazza Wines.
519 Perry Highway, Zelienople, PA 16063. 724-452-3893
Grape Country Marketplace
Picking up a bottle of your favorite, local wine just got easier. Select South Shore and Mazza Wines are available at this boutique style wine shop located at 17 W. Main Street in downtown North East, PA.
Wine Shop at Fuhrman's Cider Mill
Mazza Vineyards & South Shore Wine Company Wines are now available on upper Peach Street, inside of Fuhrman’s Cider Mill, Bakery and General Store.
Just South of 1-90 on Peach Street
8270 Peach St., Erie, PA 16509. 814-868-8585