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wine makers notes

We learned long ago that we're not California or the Finger Lakes. We are Fly Creek, NY, where winter temperatures drop to -25°F and frost can come as early as August and as late as May. Weather is so predictably unpredictable that our climate doesn't support some of the more familiar wine making grapes.


Instead, we work with grapes developed for their cold hardy qualities and grow well in upstate New York. Our winemaking reflects the reality that winters start in early November and can put the small barn that houses our tank room into hibernation until the snow starts to melt in late March.


We don’t make Merlot, but we think you’ll appreciate the quality wines we make from grapes like Marquette, La Crescent and Traminette.

Learn more about how we make each of our wines.

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