Tastings will re-open in Spring 2022.
As wine lovers, how could we move to an up-and-coming wine region and not grow some grapes and make some wine? That was the question I asked myself in 2007 when we bought some land and decided to build and open a Bed & Breakfast. So, as the house was being constructed, I started planting some grapes!
We planted “new vines” each year, until a one acre block was completed in 2014. Varieties include Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, Cabernet Franc, Lemberger, and Marquette. We also added a few Concords, Niagara, and seedless table grapes. The learning curve was challenging, but resources were aplenty! We owe many thanks to fellow Finger Lakes wine industry members.
To me, my vineyard is an extension of my garden. I want it to be aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. That means keeping it as weed free as possible using only mechanical cultivation and no herbicides. Our row middles are planted with grass and mowed regularly to provide a park-like setting for our visitors to enjoy. It is a somewhat spiritual feeling having such beauty in our backyard!
With just one acre of grapes, pruning and training every vine, managing pest control, and being in the vineyard every day affords us a level of control not possible with large operations. It is a lot of work, but very rewarding!
Harvest is an exciting time here at New Vines! It is what we have worked all Spring and Summer for. We invite friends to participate and share our excitement! Fruit is harvested into boxes, and the boxes are hauled to the crushpad at our barn.
We definitely fit the category of a “Boutique Winery.” We produce approximately 300 cases of Estate wines each year. People sometimes ask where we make our wines. It is all done on-premise. Grapes for white and rose’ wines are crushed and pressed at our barn, and the juice is pumped to our basement where fermentations begin. Grapes for red wines are crushed and fermented in the barn, and then the wine is pumped to the basement for malo-lactic fermentation. All other steps in the winemaking process are performed in our basement, including bottling.
Our wines are a reflection of our beautiful Finger Lakes setting. The cool climate here results in crisp acidity in our whites, and fruit-forwardness in our reds. Vintage variation is expected and embraced. This leads to the excitement of each new vintage release!