Lake Erie Quality
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About the Wine Alliance

Making useof the native grapes, Concord, Catawba, and Delaware, vintners began producing wines as soon as the land was settled. These wines were very popular in the 1970s. In 1983, the Lake Erie Region was recognized as an approved American Viticultural Area (AVA).

Today, vintners around the Lake Erie Wine Growing Region are growing some the best wines produced in many years. With more than 40,000 acres in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, these vintners have joined together to form the Lake Erie Quality Wine Alliance to demonstrate their commitment to highquality wine – wine equal to some of the finest French and California wines.

A Lake Erie Red
CABERNET FRANC The lighter, gentler cousin of Cabernet Sauvignon really shines in the cooler climate of the Lake Erie A.V.A. It’s often used to blend with other varieties to produce complex reds. From the Loire Valley in France, this early ripening grape produces a wine with a luscious feel and scents of raspberries. Cabernet Franc would be a perfect partner to a cold antipasti plate, poached chicken salad, or simple pasta dish.

Lake Erie and France   Did you know that if you put your finger on the best grape growing areas in France and spun the globe around, you’d end up right on Lake Erie! Yes, we’re on the same longitude line as France. Vive La Lake Erie!