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Atwater Vineyards
May 31, 2023 | Atwater Vineyards

Atwater Announces New Head Winemaker

Atwater Vineyards is very excited to announce that Wes Andrew is moving into the Head Winemaker position effective immediately.

Wes succeeds Vinny Aliperti, who has been with Atwater over two decades. We are appreciative of the years Vinny spent developing a first-class winemaking program, and he will remain an invaluable Atwater consultant and irreplaceable friend.   

Our winemaking program, however, will be in excellent hands with Wes. He first joined Atwater during the 2019 harvest season as a cellar intern while a student in the Finger Lakes Community College Viticulture & Wine Technology program. Subsequently, he worked part-time both in the vineyards and the cellar until appointed Assistant Winemaker in 2020. 

"I'm very excited and honored to be a part of forming Atwater Vineyards's new identity,” says Andrew. “In the upcoming years, I plan to further our use of spontaneous yeast cultures, expand our traditional method and pét-nat sparkling programs, incorporate more lees aging in our white wines, and continue to make great wine that is reflective of our beautiful vineyard site while also staying true to the vintage that the grapes were grown in. George and Vinny have given me a great foundation to build upon, with the knowledge they have taught me, I'm confident that Atwater Vineyards will be producing some of their best wines in the years to come."

With excellent academic credentials and work experience, Wes will build upon the strong foundation from Vinny’s tenure. We’re excited to see how he expresses his philosophy of winemaking and vision in future vintages.

Time Posted: May 31, 2023 at 6:15 AM Permalink to Atwater Announces New Head Winemaker Permalink
Atwater Vineyards
January 14, 2019 | Atwater Vineyards

Meet Vinny, our winemaker


TVP: What is your winemaking philosophy

VINNY: I am not sure I would consider having a personal winemaking philosophy per se but rather a dogged determination to do what is necessary to make sure the precious cargo I am in charge of handling is properly nurtured and inevitably steered toward a life of consequence.  To summarize, I tend to pick a bit early, sort when necessary, instigate fermentations, gas head space, top barrels religiously, eschew fining and sterile filter only when necessary.

Time Posted: Jan 14, 2019 at 2:21 PM Permalink to Meet Vinny, our winemaker Permalink
Atwater Vineyards
February 20, 2018 | Atwater Vineyards

Ice or iced wine? Tradition vs. Innovation


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celsius wine in press
Vinny Aliperti at the grape press 

Video review Celsius Wine


Time Posted: Feb 20, 2018 at 10:58 AM Permalink to Ice or iced wine? Tradition vs. Innovation Permalink
Atwater Vineyards
October 20, 2017 | Atwater Vineyards

Our Skin Ferment Wines Make National Headlines

Vinny Aliperti Skin Fermented Wines


Time Posted: Oct 20, 2017 at 2:39 PM Permalink to Our Skin Ferment Wines Make National Headlines Permalink