Open: Year Round
Joseph Mazza left his 40 acres of sloping terrain planted with figs, chestnuts and vineyards in Calabria, Italy, in 1954 to make his home in the United States. He sent for his wife, Felecia, daughter Rosina and sons Frank and Robert the following year.
Today, Joseph's son Robert, his wife, Kathie, and their son, Mario, carry on the family tradition at Mazza Vineyards in North East, Pennsylvania, one of the premiere wineries in the Lake Erie Wine Region. The winery, founded & built by Bob and his brother, Frank, in 1973, resembles a Mediterranean structure nestled among acres of rolling vineyards. Step inside the spacious tasting room, and you'll experience an Old-World ambience.
The Mazzas chose the Lake Erie Region for it's cool offshore breezes, sandy soil and the plateau-like topography, which creates an ideal growing condition for classic wine grapes and European hybrids. While 'lake effect' is sometimes associated with harsh winter snows, the same effect produces a moderating climate in the spring and fall.
You would expect the winery to offer an Italian vintage, but the region is more suited to Germanic varieties. So, from the very beginning, Mazza Vineyards set out to make