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.
The Winery of Ellicottville inhabits a unique location in Ellicottville. The building that you see today looks nothing like what Dominic and Sam purchased back in 2009. Few people had the vision to predict such a successful transformation. Today, the Winery of Ellicottville’s space includes a charming tasting room featuring a handcrafted bar, a tank room that houses eight stainless steel wine tanks and 20 oak barrels, and a beautifully appointed private event space on the second story.
All of the winemaking for the Winery of Ellicottville takes place on the premises. If you pick the right day to go for a tasting, a sample right from a tank or barrel may be your special treat! You can book a Taste and Tour combo or ask for a peak behind the curtain during your visit if you’d like to have a look around.
In the tasting room, you’ll find a full-service wine bar. Depending on the season and availability, you will be able to choose from 18 or more varieties to sample, enjoy, or bring home. Wine is sold by the glass and by the bottle, and we feature tasting packages that are geared for wine enthusiasts and novices alike. It is very likely that you’ll be served by someone from the Spicola family, perhaps even by one of our vintners, Sam or Dominic. We ensure that our staff can tell you all that you’d like to know about the wine that they are serving, and can help you find a selection that suits your unique tastes.
Check our site often to book your spot for special events, such as our annual Wine and Chocolate Pairing or the popular Chef Pairings that we host. Follow us on Facebook to learn about promotions and short notice deals. Whether you’re a loyal customer, or stopping in for the first time, we can’t wait to share our wine with you!