History/About Us

Merritt Estate Winery was one of the first farm wineries organized in Chautauqua County under regulations established by Governor Carey in 1976; but the history of the Merritt Estate dates all the way back to the late 1800's. Back then, the original homestead belonged to the parents of Marguerite Merritt-Sample, which means Merritt Estate has been in the same family since the late 19th century.

William T. Merritt turned the estate into a full-functioning winery in 1976. Since then, his son Jason C. Merritt joined the family operation in 1998. The father and son duo dedicate themselves to their small winery devoting their time and energy into producing some of the area's finest wines.

Merritt Estate is located in the largest grape growing region east of the Rockies and the largest Concord grape growing region in the world. The grapes and wines produced in this area rival the quality of premium vintages found throughout the world.

Visitors are encouraged to visit Merritt Estate Winery to tour our facilities and surrounding vineyards, and enjoy free year-round wine tasting in our Tasting Room. A complete selection of Merritt Estate wine is available for purchase at the winery or online. We are open all year, offering free tours and tastings. We are motor coach, tour bus and limo friendly.

Click HERE for a downloadable PDF version of our brochure.

For more information regarding group tours, Contact Us.



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