About Willow Creek Winery
Our signature wines include a cream sherry, chocolate temptations & chautauqua chocolate wine, and wine slushies.
Willow Creek Winery started in 1999 with just a few wines, now we produce 19 wines and 3 specialty wines. All wines are made on the premises.
Willow Creek Winery's tasting and sales building, is the original farm house built in the early 1800s that sits on 26 scenic acres not far from Lake Erie just outside Silver Creek, NY in beautiful Sheridan, NY.
History of Willow Creek Winery
1999 - JIM EMERSON
Mr. Emerson was a teacher for Lake Shore Central School. He was a homemade wine maker for 20 years. His hobby turned into a dream. Jim started a wine making club in 1992 which grew to 40 members. In 1999 he retired from teaching. Together with 15 winemakers, Willow Creek Winery was born. In 2000 Willow Creek Winery was narrowed to 7 share holders which remains the same today. Unfortunately in 2000 Mr. Emerson unexpectedly passes away.
2000 - DOUG METZGER
Mr. Doug Metzger took over as president in 2000.
2001 - FIRST WILLOW FEST HELD
Our first Willow Fest attracted a few hundred people as a one day event. It has grown to a 3 day event that attracts over 15 thousand people. Highlights of Willow Fest include: amusement rides, food vendors, games, crafters, car show, Sheridan Fire Dept. hose race, wine and beer tent, live music and NY states largest handlit fireworks display which illuminates the sky for 1 hour and 20 mins. Admission to this event is free and sponsored by local businesses.
2000-2003 - PICNIC GROVES, GAZEBO, GROUNDS AND POND CONSTRUCTED
You can sit and relax at one of our many picnic areas or just take a romantic stroll thru our grounds that are adorned with 4 waterfalls and 2 streams that wind around apple and willow trees. We also offer catch and release fishing, a childrens water slide, bounce house and climbing swing set. Willow Creek Winery has much more to offer, you can grab a blanket and enjoy sitting on the shores of our beautiful pond, share a romantic glass or bottle of Willow Creek wine, pick stawberries, rasberries, blackberries, apples and grapes right off the vines when in season. Willow Creek also offers horseshoes and volleyball for our sport minded person.
2003 - CONSTRUCTION OF A 600 SEAT OPEN AIR PAVILLION
2007 - CRUSIN AT THE CREEK CAR SHOW
Orginally held one Thursday a month. The 2008 car show now held every Thursday night from May till September. Highlights of 2008 car show, live music, food vendors, raffles, giveaways, horseshoes, volleyball, and children waterslide and bounce house. A drawing at the end of the season for a 1969 camero is the main highlight for our 2008 season. Cruisin at the Creek would not be possible without our many sponsors.
2009 - JAMMIN AT THE CREEK CONCERT SERIES
In 2009 Willow Creek switched gears from catering small events to hosting national concerts. We built a national concert stage on premises and started to offer a unique concert venue. Guests were treated to a first class environment with great food being supplied by different venders and crafters. Our bar offered wine, beer and wine slushies for all to enjoy. We also offered free camping during our events. People were encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair so they could relax on the lawn and enjoy 6 hours of entertainment. In 2009 we offered 3 national concerts, and in 2010 we plan to triple the number of concerts we offer.
Willow Creek has expanded to offering multiple festivals including Jammin' in the Vines featuring bands like Rusted Root and Big Leg Emma, Rockin' the Grapes, Music, Art, & Wine Festival, and Swingin' in the Vines.
In 2012, Willow Creek is presenting Homegrown Fridays, a showcase of the local music.
A proud member of the Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce.
Silver Creek Irving Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award 2003
Willow Creek also presents offsite tastings for special events and fund raisings. Here are just some events we have done:
- Hunters Hope
- Sheas Food, Wine and the City
- Wine festivals in Finger Lakes, Silver Creek, and Dunkirk
- Various festivals and events in Erie and Chautauqua County
- Erie County Fairgrounds
- Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
- March of Dimes Signature Chef's Auction
- Wine & Wags
- Wines in the Wild
- Winds, Waves, & Wine
- NDS Benefit