In the cool climate of the Finger Lakes, the best place to grow grapes is close to the lake. And the deeper the lake, the better.
The Boundary Breaks vineyards are planted close to the shores of Seneca Lake, the deepest of the eleven Finger Lakes in Central New York. Even though winter temperatures can fall below zero, Seneca Lake rarely freezes over.
The team grows cool-climate grape varieties including Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Cabernet Franc, and produce wines that express the full range styles that are possible from such classic grapes.
The Brotherhood Winery is one of the oldest wineries in the United States. It released its first commercial vintage in 1839 and operated throughout the Prohibition period. In the past the winery farmed both vitis labrusca and French hybrids. In the 1980s vitis vinifera vines were introduced by Cesar Baeza, a prominent Chilean winemaker who took over the winery in 1987. Today they vinify a number of different varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Riesling and Chardonnay.
Dr. Konstantin Frank first planted vines on the west side of Keuka Lake in 1958. He started experimenting with over 60 different varieties and produced his first vintage in 1962. Accustomed to freezing temperatures in Ukraine, Dr. Konstantin was the first to notice that it was the lack of proper rootstock rather than the cold climate that resulted in the failure to successfully cultivate vitis vinifera vines in this region. The estate itself is now in the fourth generation of the Frank family, and they boast some of the oldest vines in the region.
Element Winery is a small production winery founded in 2009 with a mission to create high quality wines that are distinctively Finger Lakes.
With over 25 years of experience in the wine and hospitality industry, Master Sommelier and restauranteur, Christopher Bates is pushing the limits of expectations and expanding the definition of what is possible in the Finger Lakes. Working with grapes from different soils, sites, and growers, Element aims to create world-class wines that are wholly representative of the extreme climate and terroir. In addition to producing white wines, Element is focused on producing red wines that have the potential to redefine the Finger Lakes region.
Flanked by Storm King Mountain to the west and Mt. Beacon to the east, the Hudson River flows through one of the oldest Fjords in North America. Acting as a gateway to the Hudson Highlands, this geological wonder helps create the unique micro climate that allows us to grow high quality wines here in the valley. Founded in 2013 by Matthew Spaccarelli and Casey Erdmann, Fjord Vineyards strives to craft wines that reflect where they are grown. For the better part of a decade, Matthew has been sustainably growing world class wines here in his native Hudson Valley.
Located just south of Red Newt, on the south eastern side of Seneca Lake, Forge Cellars is a joint collaboration between Louis Barruol of Château de Saint Cosme and Finger Lakes partners Richard Rainey, and Justin Boyette. Producing solely Riesling and Pinot Noir, they focus on handcrafted wines that speak of the region. They adhere to a totally transparent winemaking ethic and ferment in small batches in order to best understand the characteristics of each site.
Four Maples was founded in 2011 in the Champlain Valley of New York, in what is called the north country - its location may make it the northern vineyard in the United States. The vineyard is not too far from Lake Champlain and overlooks the Adirondacks mountain range. The first wines were produced in 2015. They grow cold climate grapes and produce wine from the grapes grown in their own vineyards. Grapes are hand picked and hand sorted to achieve the highest quality, processed and aged in American oak barrels before bottling. Four Maples is named after the century or more old majestic maple trees that line the estate. It is family owned and operated.
Fox Run Vineyards is a former dairy farm turned winery high above Seneca Lake on Torrey Ridge, The first vines were planted here in 1984. Now an exclusively family owned winery, winemaker Peter Bell aims to produce wines sustainably, and with as little impact as possible on their diverse ecosystem. They farm 22 hectares with the utmost respect for nature and the same sustainable practices are applied in the cellar. They have been flying the flag for Riesling since the early 1990s.
The first Riesling and Chardonnay vines were planted in 1976 on the Hermann J Wiemer vineyard site. The gravelly topsoil and low-vigour vines yield expressive and vibrant wines here. The vineyard is farmed using strictly sustainable farming methods. Fred Merwarth is the winemaker and vineyard manager and he has been making critically acclaimed wines since 2003.
Hosmer Winery, a fourth generation family farm, is located on Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes. Grapevine plantings date back to the 1970s - and early experiments with plantings of classic Vinifera. Owners Cameron and Maren Hosmer established their estate winery in 1985 on the principle that great wine starts in the vineyard. To this day their wine portfolio reflects, and celebrates, only what is grown on their 70 acres: an ever-increasing set of Rieslings, Chardonnays, and Cabernet Francs, but also a selection of the French-American hybrid varieties that were the lifeblood of an early Finger Lakes vineyard. Next generation, Timothy Hosmer, has started to take over vineyard management as well as the Hosmer family grapevine planting business, Benchmark Vineyard Planting. Since late 2016, Julia Hoyle has stepped into the role of winemaker at Hosmer Winery.
For three generations, the family has been growing grapes on the fertile soils along the eastern shores of Seneca Lake. Today they have over 112 acres of planted vineyards separated into more than 20 different vineyard blocks, planted predominantly on Honeoye Silt Loam and Lansing Gravely Silt Loam. These holdings are managed using only sustainable winegrowing practices, not only to yield the finest lots of expressive and dynamic cool-climate varietals, but to protect the health of employees, consumers, neighbours, and land for generations to come. Their wine, including the sparkling programme, is all produced and bottled in-house using estate-grown fruit, ensuring maximum control of grape quality, winemaking decisions, and wine integrity. They take pride in every bottle of wine produced in the cellar and are eager, year after year, to share a bottle with fellow wine lovers.
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Lieb Cellars is certified sustainable and 80 miles (129 km) from NYC on the North Fork of Long Island, NY. Helmed by veteran winemaker Russell Hearn, Lieb has grown from a modest 12 acres in 1992 to 94 acres (38 hectares), two tasting rooms and a full-service custom crush winery today. Their second label, Bridge Lane Wine, is one of the fastest growing wine labels on the East Coast. Bridge Lane produces five wines (a white merlot, unoaked chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, dry rosé and a red blend) which are each available in four eco-friendly formats (750ml bottle, 3L box, 375ml can, and 19.5L keg).
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Living Roots is an urban winery in the Finger Lakes region of New York and a not-so-urban winery in the Adelaide Hills regions of South Australia. It was founded by husband and wife team Sebastian, an Adelaide, South Australia native and sixth generation winemaker, and Colleen, a Rochester, New York native and marketer, Hardy. The intercontinental label pays homage to family heritage while also branching out to new vineyards, styles and techniques. Grapes are sourced from a number of growers, including both of the Hardys' families, highlighting the natural strengths of each variety and climate in vastly different corners of the globe: the Finger Lakes and the regions surrounding Adelaide.
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Macari Vineyards, located on the North Fork of Long Island in Mattituck, New York, is owned and operated by three generations of the Macari Family. The waterfront farm, with sweeping views of the Long Island Sound, was established by the family over 50 years ago. Since the first vines were planted in 1995, Macari Vineyards has been recognised as an industry leader in regenerative agriculture, with a focus on organic and biodynamic farming principles. The vineyard is home to a herd of cattle, used for composting, and grows grapes without the use of herbicides.
Mazza Chautauqua Cellars is the Mazza family’s third winery location in the Lake Erie AVA. The Mazza Family has been making wine in Lake Erie for nearly 50 years. They strive to create long lasting partnerships with a network of well-respected local farmers to ensure the wines are reflective of the surrounding growing region. The resulting wine list is an interesting and varied collection that is rooted in the Mazza family’s traditional Italian winemaking heritage and strongly influenced by their international winemaking team. This blend of experience, approach, and perspective can be tasted in every barrel, bottle, and glass.
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Nathan Kendall, a New York State native, established his own label in 2011. Having virtually grown up in the tasting room at Herman J Weimer Nathan decided to travel and gain experience further afield before returning to the Finger Lakes to head up his own project. Nathan does everything himself and is passionately committed to working in a way that highlights the diversity of his region – keeping his footprint in the vineyards and in the cellar to a minimum.
Osmote refers to the way water moves in nature towards balance. In the cold, northern climate, the vineyards thrive thanks to temperature moderation from the deep Finger Lakes carved during the Ice Age. Where water keeps the region from freezing in the winter and from excess heat in the summer, Osmote Wine works to celebrate that sense of balance in terroir with a similarly balanced style of winemaking.
Ravines Wine Cellars makes dry, classical, terroir-driven wines on over 130 acres of estate vineyards. Founded in 2001 and family-owned and operated ever since by Morten and Lisa Hallgren, Morten was raised and trained as an oenologist / winemaker in Provence and Bordeaux, before moving to the region and pioneering the bone-dry, mineral-tinged Riesling style for which the region is now famous. Ravines utilises minimal intervention in the cellar and employs sustainable winegrowing practices on steep-sloping vineyards with limestone and shale stone soils. Their wines have continually gained noteworthy press and international accolades as a standard-bearer Finger Lakes winery.
Since its inception in 2008, The Red Hook Winery’s aim is to highlight and celebrate the best vineyard sites in New York state. Wines are produced by Christopher Nicholson, Abe Schoener of the Scholium Project and Robert Foley of Robert Foley Vineyards. They each bring their own mark to the wines, producing them in line with their beliefs. They produce around 20 different releases each vintage, working with farmers from all over the state who they feel give agricultural definition to New York’s nascent winegrowing country.
Red Newt Cellars was founded in 1998 by David and Debra Whiting. From the outset Riesling was the priority grape. Finger Lakes local and Riesling obsessive Kelby Russell joined the team in 2012 and since 2014 he’s been working in a much more hands-off way in the winery. An average harvest now sees 70 or so different lots of Riesling fermenting in the cellar in a number of different styles - including experiments with skin contact, barrel ageing and ageing under flor.
RGNY is a 200-acre family owned vineyard located on the North Fork of Long Island NY. Dubbed the ‘New Kid On The North Fork,’ RGNY has dedicated itself to understanding the region while holding in regard its Mexican heritage. As the next chapter for the acclaimed Rivero González legacy, a family of winemakers in Mexico, RGNY is the brainchild of visionary Maria Rivero González—positioned to herald in a new, expansive phase for the family’s wine portfolio. With a nod to its deeply rooted Mexican culture, RGNY provides a unique perspective that can be seen in both its winemaking processes and authentic consumer experiences.
Sheldrake Point Winery is named for the prominent point of land on which it sits, located on the western shore of Cayuga Lake. Operated as an orchard and dairy farm from 1850 to the mid-1980s, the 155-acre lakeshore farm lay fallow until 1997 when a small group of wine enthusiasts organised the purchase of the land and founded the winery. Today, Sheldrake Point Winery continues the agricultural tradition with 60 acres of vineyard planted to 10 vitis vinifera varieties, which are used to make approximately 8,500 cases of estate grown, produced, and bottled table and ice wines.
Nestled in the breezy and beautiful North Fork of Long Island, Cynthia and Tom Rosicki have dedicated Sparkling Pointe Vineyards and Winery to estate grown sparkling wines produced exclusively in the traditional Méthode Champenoise. Farming 40 acres of vineyard, planted only with the classic Champagne grape varietals—Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay—each Sparkling Pointe cuvée is an authentic expression of the land and the winemaker’s finesse. The rhythmic union of personality and house style, the art of assemblage, and the pursuit of excellence are at the essence of all Sparkling Pointe Wines.
Thirsty Owl Wine Company’s story began when Ted Cupp purchased 150 acres from Robert and Mary Plane, trailblazers who implemented the Cayuga Wine Trail, on July 2, 2001. The spring of 2002, work began on the lake vineyard located between the tasting room and the lake and Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Malbec were planted.
On September 13, 2002, The Thirsty Owl Wine Company opened its doors for the first time. Since 2002, they have increased production by over 1000%. Since the beginning, The Thirsty Owl Wine Company and the Cupp family have prided themselves on producing quality, signature wines reflecting the unique characteristics of the Finger Lakes.
Trestle Thirty One was founded in 2015 by Brian Cadamatre and Nova Cadamatre MW. For 15 years, they shared a dream of starting their own winery. Through many years in the wine industry they both gathered the knowledge to make their dream a reality. They now produce very limited batch, unique and high quality wines which highlight the vast potential of the Finger Lakes region.
Born in Zell Mosel, Germany, winemaker Hans Peter Weis grew up in the vineyards and cellar of his family winery. He spent many years learning and gaining experience in the traditional style of the Mosel. After receiving his degree in winemaking, business and agriculture, he decided to travel to the United States on a quest to pursue his winemaking passion. He experienced one vintage in the Sonoma region of California before he stumbled upon his home away from home in the Finger Lakes region of New York. He found the minerality of the soil and climate similar to that of his homeland and knew it would be the perfect place to pursue his passion of handcrafting traditional German style wines for all to enjoy!
For over 30 years, Wölffer Estate Vineyard has been known as one of the finest producers on the East Coast and a center for innovation and hospitality. We are committed to producing premium, distinctive wines, ciders and spirits through a dedication to quality, penchant for style and celebration of place. The estate spans approximately 470 acres including the acclaimed 55 acre sustainably farmed estate vineyard located in Sagaponack, NY, 52 acres on the North Fork of Long Island, 200 acres in Mendoza, Argentina, 2.5 acres in Mallorca, Spain and 160 acres managed in collaboration with North Fork growers. Their unique combination of Bridgehampton loam soil and breezes from the Atlantic Ocean, located 2.6 miles from the estate, provide maritime conditions perfect for achieving the balance of ripeness and acidity that has come to define Wölffer’s signature style: food friendly, elegant and built for longevity.