A Few Changes (for now)…

With the uncertainty in the days and weeks to come, your small local businesses need your support now more than ever!

That being said, the safety and well being of our loyal customers and their families (as well as our staff’s and our own) has always been and will continue to be our first priority. 

As of now we are remaining OPEN but we are implementing a few changes to our current tasting room policies which may affect your experience for the time being. 

Effective immediately, we are no longer accepting buses/limos, or groups larger than 10. This is so that we may limit our tasting room capacity and allow for more space between guests at the bar.  This is a difficult decision and we hope it will only be a temporary measure.

Further, we are switching to single use, disposable cups for wine tasting, and we will no longer offer crackers on our bar- although we will allow & encourage you to bring your own to cleanse your palate between tastes! 

Lastly, our selfie station props have been packed away – but we don’t want that to discourage you from continuing to take fun pictures on your wine tasting adventure and sharing them with #UncorkNWT and #LongCliffWinery.

We apologize for any inconvenience these temporary changes may bring. Thank you for your loyalty, and for believing in us. We look forward to helping you stock your wine cellar!

Spring Book Club

I could provide you with a long list of reasons you should join us for Book Club every month – like this one, here – but after I tell you participants receive complimentary tastings and 25% off bottle purchases during each meeting, what more really needs to be said?

For seven years the official Long Cliff Winery Book Club has been meeting monthly to discuss great books over even better bottles of wine. (Okay… sometimes the books have been not so great… but the wine never disappoints!) Consider this your official invitation to join in on the fun this Spring and check out what all the hub-bub is about!

Our Upcoming Titles include:

March 22, 5pm – The Vintner’s Daughter, by Kristen Harnisch
April 26, 5pm – All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
May 24, 5pm – The Moonshiner’s Daughter, Donna Everhart

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Contact Danielle: longcliffwinery@gmail.com

Taste the Farm!

Looking for something to do this January?! Join us 1/18 from 2-4pm for our first Wine Workshop of the new decade: Taste the Farm!
This is an ideal class for wine lovers looking to enhance their palate, or just getting started in their exploration of wine.  Our 2 hour wine tasting seminar contains a wealth of detailed  information delivered in a hands on, easy to understand approach.  Come prepared to sample our estate wines as we walk you through three of our most frequently asked questions:

  1. How do you taste wine?
  2. Why do we taste wine that way?
  3. How can I become really, really, good at it?

In this workshop you will:
-practice basic wine tasting skills
-develop a comprehensive foundation for truly understanding wine.
-demystify wine tasting vocabulary & familiarize yourself with tasting etiquette
-learn about 4 of the major grape varietals grown on Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery’s family farm & the different personalities of these wines! 

Through tasting different expressions of each of the 4 grape styles covered (Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Lemberger), you will walk away from this class knowing what it is you like (and don’t like!) in a bottle of wine, and how to communicate what you are experiencing with your server and friends!  

Tickets are just $18 / person – space is limited
FREE GIFT with advance ticket purchase!
Order Tickets online now – or – Pay in the tasting room to save on online ticketing fees!

**this indoor event will be held snow or shine! The cellar is kept cool year-round to protect our inventory, so dress warm! Tickets are non-refundable.

Nouveau Night & More

We are excited to announce with two weeks until our 3rd Annual Nouveau Night, we are officially SOLD OUT!

This event started in 2017 as a little passion project for Danielle, who wanted to bring a taste of the traditional French festival to the Niagara Wine Trail. We had no clue what the reception would be, especially with the festivities happening on a “work night,” but we’re ecstatic to see everyone enjoying it as much as we are!

In the spirit of “Beaujolais Day” in France, we invite guests into the wine cellar to celebrate the season with us as we bottle the first wine – new, or “nouveau,” wine – made from our 2019 Harvest. Having gone through such a short fermentation period, we can promise you a red wine that’s light, bright, and jubilantly fruity – pleasing to every palate! Each ticket holder will take a turn bottling, corking, and labeling their very own bottle of wine, with refreshments and light hors d’eourves available while they wait.

Not only is it a fun night out of the house, but it makes for AWESOME bragging rights when you pop the cork and share the story at your Thanksgiving table the following week!

If you missed your chance for tickets this year but would still like to snag a bottle of this year’s Nouveau, we may have limited quantities available after the event! Check back with us on November 22 to see what’s in stock!

…and be sure to follow us on facebook or instagram for pictures, news and more!


  • November 21, 5pm – Nouveau Night 2019 – SOLD OUT
  • November 24, 6pm – Free Book Club Meeting!
    • What we’re reading: Maine, by J. Courtney Sullivan
  • December 7 & 8 – Holiday Happening on the Niagara Wine Trail
    • $30 per person / $55 per couple : tickets available at niagarawinetrail.org include 3 tastes of wine from each participating winery, a commemorative wine glass, and the keepsake gift. 
  • December 22, 12-5pmSip & Swap (An LCW Book Club Exchange)
    • Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays to treat yourself to wine tastings and a new (to you) book!
    • Bring in books from your shelves you’re ready to part with and trade them for something new to read while you travel over the river and through the woods this Christmas. This free event* is happening during regular winery business hours (12pm-5pm) Sunday, December 22. Stop in anytime! Our signature “Apple Cider Sangria” will be available, as well as our full tasting menu!
      • *Wine tasting not included
  • January 26, 5pmFree Book Club Meeting
    • What we’re reading: Bursting Bubbles, by Robert Walters
    • **note the time change for 2020! We will meet at 5pm in Jan-May

A Breath of Fall Air

This week we’re pausing for a moment to catch our breath & raise our glass to a successful #Hallowine weekend – the best & smoothest we’ve had since first joining in the fun in 2012!

Thank you 100 times over to our amazing team (both my normal crew, and the auxiliary staff who stepped in to give us a hand for this busy weekend), and the 2000+ guests who had a great time out on the Niagara Wine Trail USA, while still remaining respectful and courteous, & treating our winery like our home (because it is!) 💙

We always appreciate your support- you really do keep this small farm family running, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
Perhaps you’ll join us for our 3rd Annual Nouveau Night 2019, happening Thursday, November 21 @ 5pm! Tickets are just $18 a person (and include a bottle of our not yet released 2019 Leon Nouveau wine – which you’ll get to bottle, cork and label all on your own!) 🍷 
Call Danielle at 716-731-3316 to #uncorkNWT and make a reservation!

Until then, may you never be short on love, laughter, and good wine!
-The DeMaison Family

Harvest Season is Here!

It’s officially harvest season on the DeMaison farm and we’re up to our knees in grapes and fresh juice around here!

We picked our first grapes of the year, our 2019 Leon Millot, on August 29th – and those grapes are already fermenting away to become that rich, sweet, delicious Leon Nouveau everyone is so excited for!

“Save the Date” to taste the Harvest!

Our 3rd Annual Nouveau Night is scheduled for Thursday, November 21, when we’ll release this brand new wine, in the same year it was harvested!

Inspired by the tradition of Beaujolais Day in France, this fun & festive event is a private bottling and release party where each guest will personally bottle and hand label their very own 2019 Leon Nouveau straight from the tank! Just $18 / person – reservations are required. Wine tasting and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided

Attention Home Winemakers:

We have small lots of grapes & juice from our Niagara Escarpment Estate Farm available for home vintners, as well as home winemaking supplies including yeast, additives & equipment.
Contact us at longcliffwinery@gmail.com for more information on getting started, or to place your order!

Other Upcoming Events:

  • September 21 & 22: Niagara Wine Trail’s Annual Harvest Festival
  • September 22: Free monthly Book Club Meeting!
    Reading: “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova
  • October 27: Free monthly Book Club Meeting!
    Reading “The Last Thing He Wanted” by Joan Didion
  • November 21: 3rd Annual Nouveau Night! $18 / person – reservations required – includes wine tasting, light hors d’eourves, and a bottle of wine to go!
  • November 24: Free monthly Book Club Meeting!
    Reading “Maine” by J. Courtney Sullivan

Home Winemakers!

With Harvest Season fast approaching, we are pleased to offer small lots of grapes & juice from our Niagara Escarpment Estate Farm to our local home vintners- as well as home winemaking supplies including yeast, additives & equipment.

Considering producing your own small batch of homemade wine?  
Nothing is more satisfying than popping the cork on a bottle of your own wine for dinner guests!  
Watch for details on our Hands-on Winemaking Seminars to give you one-on-one support from our staff this season! Cost and dates to be announced – please inquire with danielle at longcliffwinery@gmail.com for more information and to reserve your spot!

We’re excited to work with you this year & can’t wait to see what great wines you can create from our high quality vinifera grapes!

Something New & BLUE

It’s become tradition around here to release new wines & vintages at our Annual Old Fashioned Corn Roast, and I think many of our return guests each year will tell you sampling the new releases is one of their favorite surprises about attending the event – and boy do we have some great surprises in store this year!

In addition to dinner & wine tasting, this year’s attendees will be the first to taste 3 FOUR New Releases:

  • Hennepin Red – it’s BACK! Semi-Sweet Red blend w/ a hint of wild cherry
  • Blauer Himmel – our signature semi-dry red blend that’s lovingly known around here as “The Angel Wine,” with notes of cinnamon & clove
  • COBALT – a fan favorite sweet red returning to our wine menus just in time for mulling wine this fall!
  • And the highly anticipated mystery wine in the BLUE bottles! Any guesses what it might be?!

Interested in joining us? Online ticket sales have ended, but we still have a few tickets available, (less than 20!) and we’re planning to sell out again this year! The remaining seats are first come, first serve!
Give Danielle a call in the tasting room today or tomorrow (open noon-6pm) to reserve your spot!
(716) 731-3316 – payment required to secure your space!

Tickets are just $30 / person and include: 3 tastes of wine, 1 glass of wine, and dinner!
Catering provided by BW’s Barbecue includes 1/4 Chicken, BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders, Chef Salad, Buttered Potatoes and All-You-Can-Eat Roasted Corn!

Wine Wagon Express!

Last year Grandpa Don acquired an old Railway Express Agency Wagon and spent the better part of five months remodeling it from the wheels up! He had custom cabinetry built, and put in 400 man hours installing, sanding, staining, & polishing, while being sure to maintain the integrity of the original structure, all with the vision of pulling Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery’s Estate “Wine Wagon Express” to area Farmer’s Markets and events!

At the turn of the last century, these wagons served as baggage carts, pulling up alongside trains as they arrived into the station and offloading the express packages for delivery into town. The UPS of it’s time, the Railway Express Agency was known as the premier mode of shipping across country in a world before Amazon Prime. Having grown up with a father who worked for the railroad, Don has always had a particular nostalgia for trains and train memorabilia, and when he first saw this wagon, (although the only working & salvageable parts on it were the wheels,) he knew he had to have it for the winery.

“It’s unique! I’m a railroad nut & I said ‘Wow! It’s got potential!’ It’s very special for me, personally.”

There’s still plenty of chances to catch Long Cliff Vineyard & Winery’s signature Wine Wagon Express” this Season!
Mark your Calendar for the Following Dates:

8/3 – “Meet in the Center” Clarence Center Market
8/10 – Long Cliff’s 7th Annual Old Fashioned Corn Roast!
8/17 – Elmwood Village Farmer’s Market
8/24 – “Meet in the Center” Clarence Center Market
8/31- “Meet in the Center” Clarence Center Market
9/7 – “Meet in the Center” Clarence Center Market
9/14 – Elmwood Village Farmer’s Market
9/21 – Elmwood Village Farmer’s Market
9/28 – “Meet in the Center” Clarence Center Market
10/5 – Elmwood Village Farmer’s Market
10/12 – “Meet in the Center” Clarence Center Market

Special Offer EXTENDED

Tickets are still available for this year’s Old Fashioned Corn Roast – and in honor of the youngest member of our Farm Family’s very 1st Birthday, we’re extending our Special Presale Rate on a pack of 4 tickets!

Through July 20th only, get your tickets for just $25 / person when you purchase in a group of 4!


Tickets include Dinner from BW’s BBQ (pulled pork slider, 1/4 chicken, potatoes, salad and unlimited roasted corn!) plus wine tasting and a glass of wine!

It’s one of our favorite events of the year, and we’re looking to sell out again before August!  Make sure you stop into the winery soon to pick up your tickets and save your table!

The Fine Print:
This is a 21+ event and will proceed rain or stars. Photo ID will be required.
Tickets available only while supplies last & no refunds will be available.
Individual tickets available for just $30 / person
The event may be recorded for future visual and audio promotions – by entering the grounds you consent to have your image and voice used in these recordings.
*Prices include Niagara County Sales Tax.
To save on ticketing fees, please stop in the tasting room to purchase your tickets!