By Caitlin Croft
The Winery of Ellicottville only continues to grow after seven years in business. Year after year, they continue to add new product line after new product line. I recently got a chance to speak with Beth Sheehy, who owns the winery with her husband, Sam. Sheehy tells me about their most recent recognitions from the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.
The Sweetest Thing (one of their sweet red wines) earned a double gold medal, the highest distinction you can receive. In addition to the double gold, Natalie (a traditional champagne) and their Riesling won a gold medal. These two designations are a great spotlight for our picturesque tourist town and huge compliment to the hard work the winery has been putting into its art. The Natalie is the winery’s first vintage.
On any given day, you can walk into the store and find Dominic (Beth’s father, who claims he has retired) 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 six wines for $5, Chocolate Pairing for $8 and the Tour & Taste for $10. Sheehy advises that if you have a large party, it’d be helpful if you call ahead. Should you want a tailored experience, just 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, to name a few, making it easy to find something unique for the wine lover in your life. The Ellicottville Winery also offers custom label wines, a great gift for weddings, corporate events, etc.
Some of the new things the Winery of Ellicottville is doing this summer include tastings during Ellicottville’s Stroll the Streets, held every Friday evening. They will also be participating in this year’s The Taste of Ellicottville… yes finally— who doesn’t want a great glass of wine to wash down those Taste classics!
The Winery of Ellicottville is located at 14 Monroe Street, open Monday through Thursday 12 to 7 p.m., Friday 12 to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can check out their website at www.wineryofellicottville.com for more information, give them a call at (716) 699-1055 or find them on Facebook. Please note you can 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, champagne and gifts. It will become a regular stop you cannot wait to make!