Niagara Gazette — Gustafson added that the Niagara Wine Trail has a distinct personality at each of its wineries.
“Some specialize in sweet wines, some in fruits, and one has a brewery, and there are a couple farms,” she said. “Every winery has a unique, individual personality, and there’s not any one kind of large company running anything … it’s all families.”
And they've got a train.
The Medina Railroad Museum has hosted wine tasting trains for the past several years. This year, Byrne said, it spruced them up and created the Niagara Wine Trail Winery Trains. A total of four excursions will have run by the time they are done for the fall, and the trip is a two-hour leisurely ride from Medina to Lockport and back.
According to information provided by the museum, each train features the wines of two wineries from the trail, with a variety of wines to sample to please those who prefer reds or whites, sweet or dry. Hors d’oeuvres are also served on board, with first class passengers able to sit at tables and partake in a little bit extra in terms of comfort and food. The last Niagara Wine Trail Winery Train runs on Oct. 5.
Each train runs from about 1 to 3 p.m., and afterward the participating wineries and some local businesses become vendors at the museum, showcasing their wares in an attempt to draw visitors to the downtown area.
Zelazny said the train ride offers a “nice blend” of both education and entertainment. “There’s a lot of history here in Medina and with the train itself,” she said. “And the ride is a relaxing, enjoyable way to get to know the wineries in the area.”
Gustafson also pointed out that some regional community colleges have also started getting in on the Niagara Wine Trail’s growth. She said Niagara County Community College has a culinary institute and has started creating a program dealing with winery management and wine making, something she said she believes came from the current boom of the trail.IF YOU GO • WHAT: Niagara Wine Trail winery train • WHEN: 1 p.m. Oct. 5 • WHERE: Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Ave., Medina • COST: $55 first class, $45 coach • INFO: www.railroadmuseum.net