Presque Isle Wine Cellars
A small winery with a big business, Presque Isle Wine Cellars is the industry leader in providing winemaking supplies, juice and know-how to other winemakers.
Doug Moorhead has worked with grapes his entire life, and he shows no signs of slowing down. He grew up on a grape farm, helping his father introduce the first Vitis vinifera grapes in the Lake Erie area in 1959. He also led the industry by experimenting with over 200 European and hybrid grape varieties to determine which ones would thrive in the Lake Erie Appellation.
Doug opened his business in 1964, not as a winery, but as a supplier of grapes, juices, supplies and equipment for home winemakers, making Presque Isle one of the oldest winery suppliers in the U.S. Doug was instrumental in getting the PA Limited Winery Act passed in 1968, and Presque Isle received one of two limited winery licenses first issued in 1969.
For anyone with questions ranging from ancient grape industry history to the chemistry of making wine, Doug Moorhead and his well-trained staff are the people to call. Their expertise is evident in every bottle of delectable Presque Isle wine.
You’ll find the winery nestled in a wooded country nook next to a quiet stream complete with a waterfall. The rustic atmosphere is a wonderful place to have a picnic, and Presque Isle encourages this by allowing visitors to relax at their many picnic tables whether they are open or not. When they are open, it’s worth the trip to the new tasting room in the Isle House to sample Presque Isle’s award-winning wines and peruse their gift shop. The Isle House is located just east of the winery on the grounds at Presque Isle Wine Cellars. Now offering a light menu for your enjoyment.
Chardonnay - Dry white wine with soft citrus fruit, butter, and toasted oak.
Gewurztraminer - Semi-dry medium bodied white with rich aromas of perfume and spice.
Traminette Reserve - Intensely aromatic semi-dry white. Gold Medal winner at the Finger Lakes International 2008 Wine Competition!
Riesling - Semi-dry white with fruit aromas.
Vignoles - Semi-dry white with exotic fruit aromas and rich flavors that linger.
Dornfelder - Medium-bodied with hints of berry and spice aromas with dried cherries.
Syrah - Full-bodied wine show cases aromas of tomato leaf and blackberry which unfold into flavors of pepper and cherry cola.
Cabernet Sauvignon - Dry
Cabernet Franc - Dry, medium-bodied with ripe bramble fruit aromas and nice tannin structure.
Chambourcin – Dry, medium-bodied with fruit and oak aromas.
Merlot Dry Red - Dry with intense flavors and aromas rounded with big tannins. Aged in American Oak for 14 months.
Pinot Noir – Dry, medium-bodied to full-bodied red aged in oak.
Noiret - Dry, full-bodied red with notes of black pepper and mint. Aged in oak 10 months.
Blaufrankisch – Dry, light-bodied with spicy taste and aromas.
Freeport - Semi-dry, medium-bodied with aromas of fresh berries.
Flirting Heron Sweet - A coy touch of blackberry!
Sassy Heron Sweet - Spicy red wine. This wine is great cold or warmed in a crock pot, add some orange slices and it makes a great warm drink for a cold day!
Creekside White Blush - Fruiter than white zinfandel!
Creekside Concord - Classic sweet Lake Erie Concord.
Creekside Niagara - Luscious grapiness.
Creekside White - Fresh and fruity.
Falling Waters - a semi-dry fruity bubbly white.
SPECIALTY AND DESSERT
Touriga Port - Made with the Touriga Nacionale grapes. Enjoy yourself while tasting this warming brandy-fortified port. Aged in oak 46 months to develop many layers and rich flavors. Warm with lingering complex flavors of cinnamon.
Eskimo Kisses - A dessert wine made of Vidal Grapes. Very rich aromas of apricot and honey. Taste the kiss that lingers.
Fax: (814) 725-2092
9488 West Main Road
North East, Pennsylvania 16428
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Open Wed-Sat 11a-6p & Sun 11a-4p, Closed Mon & Tues
Open Mon-Sat 11a-6p & Sun 11a-4p
Closed New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
Where are we located?
9488 West Main Road
North East, Pennsylvania 16428
Our new tasting room offers a cafĂ© menu
Visit our new tasting room in the Isle House and enjoy a light menu fare of soup, smoked salmon pate plate, bread and cheese plate, cheese and meat plate, all being paired with one of our award winning wines. We also offer 5 types of pizza including our signature pizza, "Grapes of Wrath," with a pesto base, chicken, red onion, red grapes, crushed red peppers and a 4-cheese blend.
Serving any time within our open hours.
International Dinner Series Spring 2013 Schedule
PIWC and Chef Mark Berarducci have created the next culinary adventure series where the healthy and bright flavors of Mediterranean Europe are partnered with the perfect award-winning PIWC wines. Each evening is an experience to remember with Chef Marc introducing each expertly prepared course and the wines presented by your host, PIWC owner and wine legend Doug Moorhead.
June 7 - A Mediterranean Summer Night's Dream Close your eyes and feel the warm sun and the languid breezes dripping with flavor with each course as you are reminded of early evening in the piazza ordinner at a seaside café.
Friday, June 21st- Cupcakes and Wine
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Come and indulge in tasty cupcakes paired with Presque Isle Wine Cellars’ award-winning wines. Sink your teeth into delectable treats in flavors including Orange/Citrus, Chocolate/Peanut Butter and more. The evening will include 6 cupcake selections, with 2 wine pairing each.
$10 per person Reservations required. Seating is limited. Call Presque Isle Wine Cellars at:
(814) 217-9848 or (814) 725-1314 or email firstname.lastname@example.org