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

South Shore Wine Company


A revitalized Civil War-Era wine cellar, superb wines and a seasonal café make a stop at the South Shore Wine Company worth every moment!

Over the past century, ownership of the South Shore Inn in North East, Pennsylvania has changed hands a number of times. It has been a winery, barn, basket-factory, hotel, banquet hall, restaurant and bar throughout its past, and there are few local residents who don’t have memories of being a part of its history.

For all its years in service, it seems a mystery that hardly anyone, not even the neighbors, knew about the gem that lay beneath the sprawling structure. Bob Mazza knew, and in 2007 he purchased the vacant, run-down property and set out to restore the historical Civil War-era stone wine cavern that had been hidden for nearly 100 years. Today, the South Shore Wine Co. is a sister winery to Mazza Vineyards, also in North East, and Mazza Chautauqua Cellars in Mayville, NY.

The investment of time, labor and money was worth it to the Mazza’s, who wanted to see the cellar restored to its former glory so they could share it with the world. Now visitors can enjoy the extraordinary ambiance as they take a walk back in time and explore the one-of-a-kind cellar. It now looks much like it did when it was built in the 1860’s, with the addition of a modern tasting bar and a remodeled entrance.

Mazza Wines produces a unique line of wines for the revitalized South Shore Wine Company, distinct from the wines available at Mazza Vineyards, pairing the historical brand name with almost 40 years of wine making experience. The renovated building also includes banquet facilities and a seasonal café where visitors can sit in the classic screened-in porch and enjoy a light meal and a glass of wine while viewing nearby grape vineyards. This is one stop that shouldn’t be skipped!


Our Wines


Unwooded Chardonnay - dry, unoaked white

Gruner Veltliner - food friendly white with a slight hint of sweetness

Traminette - semi-dry, white

Niagara - sweet and fruity, white


Lemberger - dry, red

Pinot Noir - dry, medium-bodied red

Noiret - semi-dry, full-bodied red

Concord - sweet and fruity, red


South Shore Rosé - sweet and fruity, rosé

Bare Bones Red - an off-dry blend of premium reds

Bare Bones White – an off-dry blend of premium whites 


Cranberry - sweet and distinctive

Blueberry - sweet and distinctive

Blackberry - sweet and distinctive


Sparkling Pinot Noir - bottle fermented dry rose`



Honey Mead - sweet and unique

Raspberry Mead - blend of raspberry wine and mead

Ice Wine of Vidal Blanc – sweet dessert

Sangria - sweet; citrus-flavored

Hops & Honey - mead wine that has been lightly hopped

Forte of Chambourcin - sweet and rich; intense flavors


Contact Us

Phone: (814) 725-1585
Mailing Address:
1120 Freeport Road
North East, Pennsylvania 16428


Cafe open Seasonally from Memorial Day Weekend to Columbus Day

Click HERE for a current menu

May - October

Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: noon - 4:30 p.m.

Extended HOURS: in July & August
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

November - April
Monday – Friday: noon - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: noon - 4:30 p.m.


Wine Types

Bare Bones Red, Bare Bones White, South Shore Rosé

Blackberry, Blueberry, Cranberry

Concord, Noiret, Lemberger, Pinot Noir

Sparkling Pinot Noir

Sangria, Ice Wine of Vidal Blanc, Forte of Chambourcin, Honey Mead

Niagara, Traminette, Unwooded Chardonnay


Where are we located?

Street Address:
1120 Freeport 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

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