History

Dominic Spicola grew up watching his father, Francesco, create wine. When Francesco Spicola immigrated from Italy in 1968, he brought old world winemaking traditions with him. Dominic studied the craft under his father’s careful instruction, and learned that there is no substitute for attention to detail. Every Autumn, Francesco and Dominic would crush and press their grape harvest to make wine for the upcoming year. The pair spent countless hours perfecting each batch to ensure that the family had a good supply to enjoy and share.

Now, Dominic continues the winemaking tradition with his son-in-law, Sam Sheehy. In 2009 Dominic and Sam acquired an old building in the heart of the Village of Ellicottville, and set to work making major renovations. By the Summer of 2010 the Winery of Ellicottville had opened its doors, and it has been serving award-winning wine to happy customers ever since. Together Dominic and Sam craft all of the wine on-site at the beautiful 14 Monroe Street location. They use only local grapes and all natural ingredients to create the 18+ varieties currently offered. The same careful consideration and attention to detail that Francesco preached guide Dominic and Sam in their winemaking processes today.

Process

Details. The smallest details are often the ones that separate the exceptional from the ordinary. Making the right adjustments at the right time are crucial to achieving optimal quality. Dominic and Sam have honed their skills for years, and couldn’t be prouder of the lineup of premium quality wines that the Winery of Ellicottville is offering today.

Choosing the right grapes, blending the proportions, and balancing the flavors is truly an art. Sam and Dominic insist on using all locally grown fruit, and blend new world and old world equipment and techniques in order to achieve a diverse offering of wines. All of the wine for sale by the Winery is crafted in the same building that it is sold. Grapes are harvested, crushed, blended, aged, and bottled on-site by two people, Dominic and Sam. Their secret to great wine? They’ve learned the details, and they attend to them every single day.

Wine bottling