By Caitlin Croft

Add The Winery of Ellicottville’s “Berry Hard Cider” to your must haves this fall season!

With the resurgence of craft hard ciders, it was time for them to expand their product line.  The Winery is run by Dominic and Linda Spicola, their daughter Beth Sheehy and her husband, Sam, featuring Dominic and Sam as the wine and now cider makers.

This exploration of a new product began with their Sparkling Apple Cider that was created in conjunction with Ellicottville Brewing Company (EBC). Throughout the process, it occurred to the owners that they needed to expand on this great recipe. For the next batch, red raspberry and blueberry were added to give the cider a naturally sweeter taste. The new “Berry Hard Cider” is sweet, light and crisp with the perfect touch of bubbly.

The initial roll out will consist of about 200 cases, and the batch will be ready for sale in the next few weeks. “We are always trying out new ideas to keep customers happy,” Dominic says. “The next project is a Cherry Wine and a Strawberry Wine.”

On any given day, you can walk into the store and find Dominic telling stories of how he found his passion for wine, or his opinion on the newest ideas and technology in wine making.

There are wine tastings and tours all day every day with no reservation needed.  The Winery provides three types of tastings: traditional, which consists of 6 wines for $5, Chocolate Pairing for $8, and the Tour & Taste for $10.  Sheehy advises that if you have a large party, it would be helpful if you called ahead.  Should you want a tailored experience, call the winery and they will accommodate to the best of their ability.

Aside from their many wines, you can find anything and everything wine in their small boutique, such as coasters with quotes, bottle openers, wine racks, bejeweled tank tops, decanters and wine stoppers, making it easy to find something unique for the wine lover in your life.

The winery also offers custom label wines, which Spicola says, “is a great gift for weddings, corporate events, etc.”

The Winery of Ellicottville is located at 14 Monroe Street, open Monday through Thursday, 12 p– 7 p.m., Friday 12 – 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.  You can check out their website for more information, give them a call at (716) 699-1055 or find them on Facebook.

You can also order online or find them in one of 38 different liquor stores peppered throughout Western New York. On your next trip to Ellicottville, make the Winery a stop and check out their locally crafted wines, ciders and gifts.  You won’t be disappointed!