Welcome to the South Shore Wine Company

South Shore Exterior

The South Shore Wine Company was originally established by grape growing pioneers William Griffith and Smith S. Hammond over 150 years ago.  The breathtaking stone wine cellar, now home to the newly re-established sister winery of Mazza Vineyards, stands testimony to the beginnings of the now flourishing grape and wine industry in Erie County. 

Located beneath the former South Shore Inn, a popular restaurant and hotel for nearly a century, the underground stone cavern had seen few visitors since Prohibition closed the original winemaking operation in the 1920s.

A ‘must-see’ historical wine cellar…

South Shore Wine Cavern

...and a new generation of handcrafted wines.

At the wine cellar, you will be able to taste a new and unique selection of wines while taking in the grandeur and silent history hidden within the original stone walls, whose architecture was inspired by the wine cellars of France. You can almost hear the echoes of past winemakers as they prepared their samples for the 1867 Paris World’s Fair.  Also in 1867, the South Shore Wine Company hosted a lunch for more than 300 grape growers and guests in the big hall above the wine cellar. This same space, newly restored with care taken to recall past days of glory, is now available as the South Shore Vintage Room for your next special occasion.  Please visit our events page for booking and contact information.

The combination of this beautiful and historical setting, paired with over 35 years of winemaking experience, beckons you to see and taste for yourself what one of the newest and most unique wineries in the Lake Erie wine region has to offer.  The South Shore Wine Company is a member of the Lake Erie Wine Country, a 40-mile stretch of Lake Erie coastline that is now home to 22 wineries. The wine cellar is open year-round seven days a week for tastings and tours, and tour buses with reservations are always welcome. Cheers!

Heard it Through the Grapevine

Awards from NY International and San Fran International Wine Competitions
South Shore brings home multiple awards this year for Gruner Veltliner
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Awards from the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
MCC & South Shore bring home medals, Ice Wine gets Double Gold
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New Release - Bare Bones Moscato
Moscato fans, rejoice!
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Mazza Brings Home Best in Show from PA Wine Competition!
South Shore GrĂ¼ner Veltliner Earns Double Gold
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Gift Cards Now Available
Mazza gift cards now available at all Mazza locations
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Mazza Wines comes to the Pittsburgh Area!
Mazza Wineshop now open at Baldinger's in Zelienople
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Wine Shop Location!
Mazza Wines are available at Fuhrman's Cider Mill on upper Peach Street
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New Release - Raspberry Honey Mead
A fruity & unique summer treat.
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New Release - Bare Bones Rosé
Just in time for spring and summer; a bright, refereshing dry rosé.
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Award-winning wines from the PA Wine Competition
The South Shore Wine Co. brings home 3 medals from the PA Wine Competition
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2011 Farm Show Awards
South Shore Wine Co. brings home medals from the PA Farm Show
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Wine Trail Traveler:
Check out this blog written by K. Sullivan.
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visit our sister winery, Mazza Vineyards, in North East, PA Visit our new Craft Distillery & Brewery, Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing in Westfield, NY Mazza Chautauqua Cellars Westfield, New York, Home of Five & 20 Spirits Printable Winelist Privately Labeled Bottles make great gifts and favors Plan your trip to PA Wine Land

Motorcoaches Welcome

Group tours are always welcome at the South Shore Wine Company. Hear about the history of the wine cavern and enjoy a tasting of our wines from our knowledgeable and friendly staff for groups of up to 60 people (up to 120 at Mazza Vineyards). Please call 800-796-WINE or 814-725-1585 to make your reservation (required for group tours). Groups of eight or more please call ahead and refer to the Lake Erie Wine Country Bus & Limo Guidelines


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Phone Orders

To place an order, call toll free 1-800-796-WINE (1-800-796-9463). South Shore Wine Company can ship to most states.