By Alicia Dziak

The Winery of Ellicottville has become a staple in Ellicottville. In some ways, it’s hard to remember the Village without it. And in others, it’s hard to believe it’s already celebrating its five- year anniversary.

Since the Winery opened its doors, there have been many changes.

“We started with seven wines, and now have over 20 selections,” said Sam Sheehy, who owns the Winery with his father-in law, Dominic Spicola. According to Sheehy, some of the new varieties include a Cab Franc, a Champagne-style wine that will be released later this year, and a black raspberry wine as part of the Winery’s well-known fruit series, that will also tentatively be released later in the year.

“We’ve also added six tanks, totaling 3,000 gallons of capacity, and some newer equipment,” added Sheehy.

Other changes include the addition of a wine club and a redesigned web site, incorporating a new look and feel for the Winery brand.

While there have been many changes over the course of five years, some things have remained the same. The grapes and berries used in the wines are still all from New York State. Everything except crushing the grapes is still done on-site. And customers still get the top-notch customer service they’ve come to expect from the Winery staff.

And, as always, there’s something for everyone.

“We have a taste for everyone’s palette,” Sheehy said, suggesting customers stop in and sample a few to find the ones they like.

And what better time to stop in and find your favorite than this month, when the Winery is celebrating its anniversary with great deals?  Through Sunday, July 26, all customers get a free tasting. Starting Monday, July 27, customers will receive 10 percent off their purchase.

Patrons also can enter a drawing for a fabulous gift basket, and on Aug. 1, stop by for some birthday cake.

“Our customers have been great,” Sheehy said. “They’ve really supported us and helped grow the business.”

Customers old and new will love the award-winning wine in a welcoming location right in the heart of Ellicottville. Here’s to many more years of the Winery of Ellicottville!

For more information, stop into the Winery, located at 14 Monroe Street, or visit www.wineryofellicottville.com.