MNN Galleries

7 lesser-known U.S. wine regions to visit

By: Josh Lew on Jan. 17, 2013, noon
6 of 9

Lake Erie Wine Country

Some of the most attractive wine regions in the eastern half of the U.S. are found along the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio, Pennsylvania and western New York. With its hills and moderate conditions, this region is an ideal place for growing wine grapes. 

The Lake Erie Wine Trail, sometimes still referred to as the Chautauqua Wine Trail (its previous name), sits in the northeastern corner of Pennsylvania and far western New York. This part of the eastern U.S. has some amazing scenery, as anyone who as spent time in the rural shores of Lake Erie can attest.

This region has a variety of grapes, though the varieties used to make white wines typically fare better than those used to make reds. With 23 wineries, this is a small viticulture area, though true enthusiasts can follow the shores of Lake Erie to the west and visit another wine-growing region that sits on the shores of the Great Lake in Ohio.