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Niagara Wine Trail USA

Vineyards along the Niagara Wine Trail USA, near Buffalo, NY - Wineries in New York

Niagara Wine Trail
During a recent visit to Buffalo NY, we enjoyed a fun afternoon of wine-tasting at several New York wineries dotted along the Niagara Wine Trail.

Touted as the newest and one of the fastest-growing wine trails in New York state, the Niagara Wine Trail is on its way to becoming the "Napa Valley of the East."

The Niagara Wine Trail area reminded us of how California's Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley used to be years ago (in the early 70s) before they both became world-class wine and tourist destinations (crowded and expensive). What better time than now to visit the Niagara Wine Trail!



Vineyards along Niagara Wine Trail USA, near Buffalo, NY - Wineries in New York

Niagara Wine Trail Routes
Conveniently located just half an hour from Buffalo (New York), minutes from Niagara Falls, and approximately 1 1/2 hours from Rochester (NY) or Toronto (Canada), The Niagara Wine Trail is composed of two routes:

Map of Niagara Wine Trail
and Niagara Escarpment Wine Trail



Icewine - a sweet, after-dinner wine produced by Niagara vintners - Niagara Wine Trail USA

Niagara Icewine
The area is also famous for Niagara Icewine (a sweet after-dinner wine) — over 90% of Canada's Icewine is produced by Niagara vintners.

We tasted the Icewine for the first time during a recent visit to several wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail. It's a little too sweet for our taste (we prefer dry red and white wines), however, it's popular with locals and tourists alike. Be sure to have a taste and judge for yourself.

Vineyards at Niagara Wine Trail USA


Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, Niagara Wine Trail USA, near Buffalo, NY - Wineries in New York

Niagara Landing Wine Cellars, Niagara Wine Trail USA, near Buffalo, NY - Wineries in New York

Niagara Wine Trail USA vineyards, near Buffalo, NY

 

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Honeymoon Trail Winery, Niagara Wine Trail USA, near Buffalo, NY - Wineries in New York

Enjoy a FUN day of wine-tasting as you explore award-winning NY wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail USA.

Honeymoon Trail Winery
We started our day of wine-tasting with a visit to Honeymoon Trail Winery — located on the historic Honeymoon Trail (now known as Route 104, leading to Niagara Falls, honeymoon capital of the world).

White limo outside Honeymoon Trail Winery, Niagara Wine Trail, USA, near Buffalo, NY

A big white limo was parked out front when we arrived — inside we found a happy bride-to-be celebrating with her bachelorette party pals and enjoying wine-tasting.

Bride-to-be and friends celebrating at wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail USA, near Buffalo, NY

Wine-Tasting at Honeymoon Trail Winery along the Niagara Wine Trail USA, near Buffalo, NY

After sampling wines, be sure to visit the winery's Gift Shop — we picked up some fun souvenirs and gifts for our friends back home.


Freedom Run Winery, Niagara Wine Trail USA, near Buffalo, NY - Wineries in New York

Freedom Run Winery
and Vineyards

Freedom Run Winery is another winery we highly recommend visiting.

Freedom Run Winery Tasting Room, Niagara WineTrail USA, near Buffalo, NY - Wineries in New York

Their colorful tasting room bar is decorated in what looks like Chihuly's hand-blown art glass (pictured above) —it's not! Nevertheless, it's beautiful. And talking about art, be sure to check out the artwork from the family's private collection of modern artists.

Stacks of barrels, tanks and other equipment in spacious area just off Freedom Run Winery's Tasting Room, Niagara Wine Trail USA, near Buffalo, NY - Wineries in New York

Stacks of barrels, tanks, press and other equipment are all visible just beyond the tasting room.

Freedom Run Winery - stacks of barrels inside winery - Niagara Wine Trail USA, near Buffalo, NY - Wineries in New York

Freedom Run Winery wines are impressive and the people are friendly and extremely knowledgeable. If you happen to run into Julia, tell her "hi" from Alana & Barry!


Eveningside Vineyards, Niagara Wine Trail USA, near Buffalo, NY - - Wineries in New York

More Fun Wineries
Other fun wineries that we enjoyed visiting along the Niagara Wine Trail included: Eveningside Vineyards, Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, and Niagara Landing Wine Cellars.

Niagara Wine Trail Wineries

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