Last fall I drove from Kansas City back to New Hampshire and took a route that brought me along the fertile area along Lake Erie in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Western New York and was thrilled to find a thriving wine industry and lush vineyards. Here are a couple of wineries that caught my eye.

FF: Arrowhead Wine Cellars of North East, PA

ArrowFirst up I spotted Arrowhead Wine Cellars in Pennsylvania and was interested to find that they make fruit wines in addition to the traditional grape wines.

About Arrowhead Wine Cellars: “In 1980, Nick and Kathy Mobilia – third generation owners of Mobilia Fruit Farms, began pressing grapes into juice for wineries in North East, Pennsylvania. It wasn’t until 1998 that Arrowhead Wine Cellars was established, after Nick saw the need to offer a product to consumers that he had full control over. With the knowledge and experience of processing grapes it was decided that Mobilia Fruit Farms would go the extra step and begin producing the wine on their own. After all, they were already growing the different varieties of wine grapes and fruits that are now used in their fruit wines.”

Arrowhead Wine Cellars is located at 12073 East Main Road, North East, PA.

FOUND: Fox Run Vineyards of Penn Yan, NY

FoxNext I was struck by the beauty of Fox Run Vineyards while passing through Penn Yan, NY and just had to check it out.

About Fox Run Vineyards: “Situated high on Torrey Ridge overlooking one of the deepest parts of Seneca Lake is Fox Run – with fifty-five acres of vineyards producing a remarkable range of fine wines. Under the dynamic, forward-looking ownership of Scott Osborn, Fox Run is poised to become one of the handful of truly great producers in the Finger Lakes. Scott Osborn is a strong advocate of the place of wine in a healthy life-style, and he appreciates the health benefits of garlic as well. On a culinary level, as the Fox Run Garlic Festival demonstrates, the pairing of good wine and well-prepared flavorful garlic is nothing short of sublime.”

Fox Run Vineyards is located at 670 State Route 14 in beautiful Penn Yan, NY.