Hooray for May!
The deck awning was installed on May 1st and it is so nice to have it back again. The weather is improving, it is greening up everywhere so fast you can almost see it happening right before your eyes. In fact, you can! Just visit our LIVE Webcam.
We've completed the tasks of trimming and tying the canes for the entire vineyard on schedule, but as always, trellis work continues. Bud break occurred yesterday, with the tiny buds loving the warm temperatures and intermittent sunshine. Our two red French hybrids, Chancellor and Marechal Foch are usually the first varieties to show and they didn't disappoint.
To take advantage of the unique properties of our microclimate, we are adding two new red-wine grape varieties to our vineyard: Lagrein, which is an ancient grape variety from northeastern Italy, and Zweigelt, the most widely planted red-wine grape in Austria. In preparation for the young vines, we are tilling the soil and pulling stones out of two vineyard blocks. We expect the first harvest of these grapes will be around 2024. With time in the cellar, release of the wines will be a year or so later. The path to making great wines is a long one that requires patience!
This month, Vinny and George will be bottling the 2018 Vignoles and 2018 Pinot Gris.
From the semi-sweet 2018 Vignoles, a bright and silky wine, you can expect mouthwatering, complex aromas with flavors of honey, tropical fruit, and caramel apple.
Club Members will receive an exclusive preview of this vintage at our party on June 15th. If you would like to be notified when this delicious wine is available, please sign up here.
While the 2018 Pinot Gris will return to the cellar for aging, our 2017 Pinot Gris is now available for purchase. This crisp wine offers juicy notes of sweet and spicy orange blossom mixed with vanilla crème and tangy white peach and pear flavors finishing with a rounded, vibrant feel.
We are proud to share our latest review from Wine Enthusiast which gave our 2016 North Block Five Pinot Noir 90 points!
"Light ruby in color, aromas of tart red berries and pomegranate frame the nose, with delicate accents of red flowers and woodland spice providing depth. There's a real sense of vitality on the palate. It's loaded with fresh acidity that props up all the tangy red-fruit flavors, with shades of spice and granite broadening out the feel." -A.P. June, 2019
For the most up-to-date list of events, please visit our Events Calendar.
The weather is getting warmer, the grapevines are budding and our vineyard crew is busy tying the canes, fixing posts and wires. In the cellar, the winemakers are conducting blending sessions and readying the first round of wines to be bottled. Visitors to the tasting room are increasing on the weekends, and we have plenty of delicious selections to try.
We'd like to update you on some of the exciting events that we have planned for the next couple of months and invite you to learn more about them.
May 20, 11:00-5:00 - Seneca Lake Wine & Food Fesitval
Will be held at Clute Park in Watkins Glen. Save $5 with ticket code WSLWF. Click Buy Tickets to purchase now for discount pre-sale tickets!
June 11, 5:00-8:00 - The Vineyard Table featuring The Red Dove
An intimate dining experience deep in the heart of our vineyards. Limited to 22 guests, these seats sell out quickly.
June 17, 5:00-8:30 - Case Club Member Party
Held each year in June. We will have delectable foods prepared by Serendipity Catering that are thoughfully paired with Atwater wines as well as vineyard hayride tours, music by Sugar Still and the ever favorite vertical vintage tastings from our cellar library. If you are not a club member yet and would like to join, just purchase your first case of 12 bottles by June 1 and you are welcome to purchase member tickets. Membership applies to 2 people.
June 21, 5:00-8:30 - Summer Solstice Celebration Dinner
Join us for a special evening under the big tent on the lawn to celebrate the start of summer! Why not party on a Wednesday evening on the longest day of the year.
June 24-25, times are various - Farm to Fork Fondo -
Our Farm Winery will serve as the start-finish venue on June 25, and host a pre-ride ‘Meet the Farmers Dinner’ on June 24, catered by farm-to-table specialists Serendipity Catering. What is a Fondo you ask? It's an organized bicycle ride where you get to choose the distance best for you and stop for chef-prepared bites at farms along the way. If you are not a bicyclist and would like to be part of the fun, there is a Meal Only Registration (you don't have to ride a bike to have a great time!)
July 22-23, The Grapehound Wine Tour -
Our winery will once again be hosting this greyhound adoption themed weekend. General public is welcome to visit and learn more.
August 6, 5:00-8:00 The Vineyard Table featuring The Red Dove is the second of two dates this year.
We are pleased to be able to offer a gift of (almost) free shipping - One Cent shipping to your home or business. Minimum order - 6 bottles, through the month of October.
We are heading to The Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck this weekend for the 15th Annual Hudson Valley Wine Festival. Celebrating with our "downstate" A-Team that has been "workin" this event with us for all these years and other FLX wineries that have been doing the same.
Come and visit our booth #18 in the A Building - right up front, we've got some bundle deals for you and special commemorative wine labels applied to some Mini (splits) Stone Bridge Red bottles, 2013 Cabernet Franc, Celsius, and Sweet Niagara. Special label designed by Brian McGrane. Limited quantities.