• NY’s 307th winery to open Friday

25 Aug
A scene at A Gust of Sun.

RANSOMVILLE — The state’s 307th and newest winery will open this Friday, the culmination of a project that began nearly a year ago.

Erik and Shane Gustafson, who have been married for three years, purchased a 17-acre parcel in this Niagara County community last September. In November they planted an acre of Frontenac and Vignoles grapes, and made their first wine from purchased regional grapes.

Now they are debuting A Gust of Sun winery, a definite step up from their home winemaking days. However, the full festivities will wait until Saturday, September 17, when a grand opening celebration is planned.

It will include food, music, art and lawn games as well as tastings of the inaugural wines: sweet and dry Niagara, semi-dry and dry Rieslings, Chardonnay, Three Westies White and Trismegistus Dry Red. Tickets will cost $8 on the premises, or $5 in advance at the winery or online.

The winery, a member of the Niagara Wine Trail, plans to add four wines this winter: Apric-Cadabra, Raspody in Blue, Sax on the Peach and 2010 Cabernet Franc. Erik Gustafson said the wines were awaiting label approval.

The winery will be open only on weekends. Tasting room hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

A Gust of Sun is located at 4515 Baer Road. Phone: (716) 731-4878.

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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in Niagara Escarpment, Wine, Wineries


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