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

Merritt Estate Winery


One of the first wineries in New York, Merritt Estate Winery participates in many festivals and is a well sought-out venue for weddings and banquets.

Nestled in the hills on the east end of Lake Erie Wine Country, Merritt Estate Winery was established by William Merritt in 1976 on a farm that had been in his family since the 1860’s.  William Merritt still runs the winery with the help of his son, Jason. Under their leadership, Merritt wines have won prestigious awards and the family business has evolved into so much more.

The gorgeous grounds and outdoor pavilion at Merritt make it a perfect place for weddings, banquets and reunions. Merritt offers full-service catering for groups small and large. They also offer custom labels, gift baskets and a barrel adoption program.

Each year, on the second weekend of June, the Merritt grounds are alive with excitement as they hold their annual Strawberry Festival. The weekend after Labor Day, they celebrate once more with their popular Septemberfest. Both festivals feature their famous sangria wine slush, live music, celebrity athlete appearances, gift auctions, car and bike cruises and of course, wine tasting and free tours.

The Merritt’s travel extensively throughout the state, participating in several farmers markets and serving up their delicious wine and sangria wine slush. At home, they host a wonderful hospitality room and gift shop. With their rich family heritage, superb staff, and award-winning wines, Merritt is a great place to relax and take in the beauty of Lake Erie Wine Country.


Our Wines


Chautauqua Blush - Light, fragrant and semi-sweet


Winemaster's Choice - A rich, mellow blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot

Cabernet Franc - A rich, full-bodied dry red with ample fruit overtones

Cabernet Sauvignon - A full-bodied red wine with rich fruit characteristics

Merlot - A rich, full-bodied red wine with velvet fruit and deep fruit overtones

Bella Rosa - A sweet full-bodied lambrusco-style red wine

Chautauqua Red - A semi-dry red wine

Baco Noir


Chardonnay - Traditional bone-dry with light oak and fruit overtones

Gewurztraminer - An off-dry, rich and aromatic white wine with a bright citrus finish

Pinot Grigio - Light and flavorful with bright acidity

Riesling - An elegant, semi-sweet and fruity white wine.

Sauvignon Blanc - A crisp, dry white wine with tropical undertones

Chautauqua Niagara - Semi-sweet and fruity with a crisp grape taste

Chautauqua White - A light, semi-dry wine

Edelweiss - Semi-sweet and fruity with a flowery aroma and fresh taste


Bella Ice - A sweet, red wine with intense Concord grape flavor

Late Harvest Delaware - A pungent, grapey-sweet white wine with vanilla characteristics

Raspberry Truffle - A sweet grape wine with natural dark chocolate and raspberry flavors added.

Sangria Wine Slush Mix - Now you can enjoy our famous Sangria Wine Slush from the comfort of your own home! Simply pour mixer over ice, blend until smooth, and Get your party started

Mereo - A very UNIQUE, sweet mulled wine with cloves, cinnamon and lemon flavors. Best served WARM!

Peach Splash - A sweet and refreshing grape based wine with natural peach flavors added

Sangria De Marguerite - Fresh and fruity with a natural citrus flavor

Strawberry Festival - A blend of grape wine with natural strawberry flavor


Sparkling XTC


Sparkling Seyval Blanc Sec


Contact Us

Phone: 888-965-4800
Fax: (716) 965-2054

Mailing Address:
2264 King Road
Forestville, New York 14062
email | website


Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Group tours are welcome, please call for an appointment.

After January 1, 2017:

Open 7 days/week year round Monday- Saturday 10-6
Sunday Noon – 6 (April thru December)
Mon. - Sat. 10 -5  and Sun: Noon – 5 pm (January – March)


Wine Types

Chautauqua Blush

Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Bella Rosa, Chautauqua Red, Winemaster's Choice

Bella Ice, Late Harvest Delaware, Mereo, Peach Splash, Raspberry Truffle, Sangria De Marguerite, Sangria Wine Slush Mix, Strawberry Festival

Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Chautauqua Niagara, Chautauqua White, Edelweiss, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc


Where are we located?

Street Address:
2264 King Road
Forestville, New York 14062