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The Central Region for Lake Erie viticulture begins just East of Cleveland and continues through Erie, PA. Traveling along the Seaway Trail, which includes the historic Route 5, you’ll find an exciting collection of vineyards and attractions to visit. Many wineries are growing European varietals such as Cabernet Franc, Riesling, and Pinot Gris, producing some of the finest wines available, recognized by many outstanding wine authorities. Most wineries are open to the public for tours and tastings, and many have excellent cafes where you can sample local cuisine, and oftentimes home grown, along with the excellent wines they produce.
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SIDEWAYS Along The Lake Erie Wine Trail
Anyone who has become a fan of the wine lover’s movie “Sideways” knows that the Pinot Noir grape has become the Holy Grail of wine. This fickle, but astonishingly elegant, grape thrives in the cooler climate of Lake Erie. The region’s growers are producing some of the best quality Pinot Noirs available today, with notes of strawberry and spice, with firm acidity and supple tannins. So go ahead, you’re closer to the Grail than you may think. Pinot Noir goes great with roast chicken, pizza, roast lamb, and makes a wonderful addition to the traditional thanksgiving table.

While touring the wineries in the area, take a step back in time and soak up the heritage of the Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County. With 16 covered bridges in the county, driving tours, and a historic Fall Festival, Ashtabula County is sure to bring the charms of yesterday to your visit today.

Other attractions along the Seaway Trail include Presque Isle State Park, a registered
national landmark, recognized internationally as an ecological gem. The 3,100-acre peninsula offers a unique mix of nature and recreation. With more than seven miles of beaches, the park offers something for all water lovers – boating, swimming, sunning, and fishing are just some of the activities available to visitors. Also along the lakefront,
take in a bit of history by touring the U.S. Brig
Niagara, a reconstruction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s flagship at the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813. Niagara keeps the tradition of square-rigged sailing alive.


The city of Erie offers its visitors many choices in arts, entertainment, and nightlife. Theater lovers can enjoy the Erie Broadway Series, while the Erie Philharmonic regularly hosts Pop and classical productions. Erie is also home to many cultural attractions, such as the
children-oriented experience Children’s Museum, filled with
hands-on activities. Erie boasts many fine dining options and
a thriving nightlife.