Nick and Kathy Mobilia
In 1980, Nick and Kathy Mobilia – third generation owners of Mobilia Fruit Farms, began pressing grapes into juice for wineries in North East, Pennsylvania. It wasn’t until 1998 that Arrowhead Wine Cellars was established, after Nick saw the need to offer a product to consumers that he had full control over. With the knowledge and experience of processing grapes it was decided that Mobilia Fruit Farms would go the extra step and begin producing the wine on their own.
After all, they were already growing the different varieties of wine grapes and fruits that are now used in their fruit wines.
At Arrowhead Wine Cellars they have full control of the process from growing and pressing to the fermenting and bottling.
Arrowhead Wine Cellars has been producing internationally recognized award-winning wines, with 32 varieties to choose from. Arrowhead uses the highest quality European, Native and hybrid grapes, most of which are grown on their 250 acre farm.
The winery is located on the picturesque shores of Lake Erie where Native American Tribes crafted precision arrowheads and thrived on fertile soil. The winery’s name was derived from the frequent discovery of arrowheads on many local grape farms, including Mobilia’s Fruit Farm.
From our humble roots as immigrants from Sicily, to fruit farming, to winemakers in our third generation, we at Arrowhead Wine Cellars are proud to share our family's history with you.
Arrowhead Wine Cellars wine shop opens at Janoski’s Farm in Clinton, PA.
Arrowhead Wine Cellars wine shop opens at Trax Farms in Finleyville, PA.
Arrowhead Wine Cellars wine shop opens at Soergel Orchards in Wexford, PA.
Arrowhead Wine Cellars celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Mobilia Fruit Farm continues expansion, adding a new state of the art pressing facility.
Arrowhead Wine Cellars wins Pennsylvania Governors Cup with Blackberry Wine.
Mobilia Fruit Farms expands again, building a 5,000 square foot tank room.
The Mobilia’s began producing 100% pure pasteurized bottled grape juice.
The Mobilia’s put 186 acres of land in Pennsylvania’s Farmland Preservation program, ensuring the land would remain farmland for eternity.
Arrowhead Wine Cellars opened its doors on July 4th!
Nick Mobilia Junior and Kathy Mobilia were granted a Pennsylvania limited winery license and established Arrowhead Wine Cellars.
Mobilia Fruit Farm closes original roadside farm market and moves across the street to larger facility.
Mobilia Fruit Farms began pressing fresh grape juice for home winemaking. Many of those home winemakers went on to start their own wineries.
Mobilia Fruit Farms purchased equipment to begin producing apple cider. Mobilia’s Fresh Apple Cider was sold at supermarkets and retail outlets throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York.
Mobilia Fruit Farms builds new facility at 12073 East Main Road in North East, PA.
Nick Mobilia Junior and Kathy Mobilia bought an additional 35-acre vineyard.
Nick Mobilia Junior married his high school sweetheart, Kathy Seminator. Growing up on a horse farm, Kathy was no stranger to farm life.
Mobilia Fruit Farms purchased its first grape harvester.
Nick Mobilia Junior graduated from North East High School and began working on the farm fulltime.
Nick Mobilia Senior planted 15 acres of peaches that would be sold to Gerber Baby Food.
Nick Mobilia Senior purchased an additional 86 acres of farmland. That property was primarily used to grow Concord and Niagara grapes as well as sweet and sour cherries.
Mobilia Fruit Farms started a “pick your own” business. At the time sweet and sour cherries were $0.15 a pound.
1930’s - 1950’s
Nick Mobilia Senior, Carmello’s eldest son, started Chautauqua Beverage Company which produced soda pop that was sold throughout New York and Pennsylvania.
Carmello Mobilia purchased his first track of farm land in North East, PA. The land was used to grow fruits, vegetables and raise farm animals.
Carmello Mobilia, a shoemaker, immigrated to the United States from Montalbano, Sicily.