Richland’s award-winning Mazzotta Winery adds tasting room

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | 1:30 AM


Visitors to the Mazzotta Winery in Richland now have a place to sit while sampling.

The award-winning winery opened a new, first-floor tasting room that seats 30 people. An outside patio seats an additional 24.

Owner Frank Mazzotta said before its opening, patrons had to go to the second floor of the adjacent Adrian’s Pizza shop, which had no seating capacity.

“We started getting large parties,” Mazzotta said. “(It was) difficult to accommodate (them).

“(We) couldn’t do tasting all at one time.”

Mazzotta, 59, who learned wine making from his late father, said business has improved since he opened the winery in February 2015.

He said he sells close to 1,500 cases of the homemade products a year. Prices ranges from $10.99 for a bottle of White Zinfandel to $16.99 for Malbec.

The winery earned a double gold medal for its elderberry label in the Other Fruits class at the 2018 Great American International Wine Competition. It received a bronze for its American Catawba in the Sweet Rose (3.0+%RS) class.

It garnered gold in the Apple class and in the Peach class at the 2018 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. Its Malbec 2015 brand took home silver in the Malbec class.

Mazzotta plans to be a vendor at the Hampton Township Farmers’ Market, every Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., June 5 to Oct. 16, at the Hampton Township Community Park.

Ermanno DiPasquale, a customer from Richland, said he takes two or three cases to Florida, where he lives part of the year.

He said some people buy four bottles at a time.

“It’s good wine,” DiPasquale said. “Really tasty.”

The store, which is located at 4092 Gibsonia Road, is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tastings are free.

Private tastings for groups require advance notice.

For details, call the winery at 724-449-9463 or write to [email protected][email protected]>.