You may recall a recent interview that I conducted with Carl Schmitter, owner of Chateau Buffalo (see here). At that time, I noted that the business was moving to the Niagara Frontier Food Terminal (Facebook) at 1500 Clinton Street, just across from the Clinton-Bailey Market.
Today the winery and ciderhouse is in full operation (although not quite yet open for regular business hours), and Carl is hosting Grand Opening on April 27, 2013 from 6-9pm. On that day, visitors will be able to come explore Chateau Buffalo, and try out some of the great wines and ciders bottled at the terminal. There’s also a chance to see other food purveyors in the building.
“We’re really excited about opening Chateau Buffalo at the Niagara frontier Food Terminal,” Carl told me. “It’s a great location for our winery because it puts us in close proximity to resources for raw materials (Clinton-Bailey Farmers Market) and it’s built to handle any kind of food processing. Many purveyors of food are located in this area, so it’s a natural for the growth of the winery. The terminal is a little off most people’s radar at this time, but it’s very easy to get to, just off the I-190 at the Clinton Street exit. We hope to create more awareness of this historic site and I’m looking forward to seeing the friends we’ve made over the years we have been in business in Buffalo!”
Every Saturday, leading up to the Grand Opening, Chateau Buffalo has been setting up shop at the Horsefeathers Market on the city’s West Side (see photo). While the food terminal has allowed Carl to find a permanent home for his business, he also travels the market circuit whenever possible. That allows him to get the word out to all who may be unfamiliar with the food terminal. And not to be overly confusing, one of Chateau Buffalo’s latest releases is called Terminus (a dedication to the terminal). Carl says, “We’re excited and proud to announce the release of Terminus. The Terminus white is an off dry Riesling blend from the Irish Vineyard of Chautauqua. The Terminus red is a blend of NY Syrah and California Syrah.”
On the day of the Grand Opening there will be live music, food trucks, and of course plenty of wine and cider to sample. Regular hours at the food terminal start this May – Thursday through Sunday from 12pm-8pm.
Chateau Buffalo Winery and Ciderhouse – Facebook
1500 Clinton Street
#175 Niagara Frontier Food Terminal
Buffalo, NY 14206