Winemakers Vinny Aliperti and George Nosis and intern Kaleb Harp
Mr. Pinot keeping birds away from the grapes
Delivering grapes from the vineyard to the winemaking area
We are excited to welcome the advent of this year's harvest season! Our first crop to be processed is cayuga grapes. Vinny Aliperti, head winemaker, observed, "Though we've had another roller coaster season of early season record rainfall and a prolonged late season cool down, the grapes are now enjoying a beautiful stretch of warm sunny days at exactly the right time in their maturation. If the weather continues to cooperate, I expect we are looking at another successful vintage." Bob Tomberelli, vineyard staff, added that the heavier than normal rainfall has led to bigger bunches of grapes, as well as greater leaf growth. The leaf growth removal is a labor intensive process but required to allow the grapes access to sun and air and to keep disease pressure down.
Keep watching our blog for more harvest news!
Warm Greetings Friends -
Harvest 2017 is quickly coming upon us. The change of seasons, brilliant colors, the cool, clean air with morning fog over the lakes gives one such serene feelings - the calm before the busiest time of the year at the wineries. Tourism picks up as visitors delight in watching activities in the vineyards and feeling part of the coming vintage.
On that note, we've learned that Atwater is a semi-finalist for Upstate New York's Best Winery Of The Year! If you would like to VOTE for your favorite winery click on the check box next to the name. You can select up to two places, but can only vote one time. The poll will close 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17.
our gorgeous pink skinned Gewürztraminer grapes
We have many wines that are perfect for the fall weather but one that really stands out with autumn's seasonal foods is our Gewürztraminer. Highly aromatic and slightly spicy, not only is it a perfect compliment for that sage-rubbed turkey with all the fixings, but the viscous, silky mouthfeel and richness will beautifully complement herb-scented gravy, butternut squash soup, oyster stew, or curried mussels. This dry (.4% RS) style has floral aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, spicy gingerbread and grapefruit. Gewürz begs to be paired with food and it’s pairings are numerous. Good with all forms of pork, spicy grilled chicken, Asian cuisine.
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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.
Our popular Dry Rosé will be back on the menu soon. The very ripe and clean Cabernet Franc grapes were machine harvested on October 6, 2016. Gently macerated, the grape skins were left in contact with the juice for 3 hours to achieve this beautiful color. Pressed off and stainless steel tank fermented, Atwater's style on Rosé is to create light-bodied, crisp wines with good acidity. With a flavor profile that calls out strawberry and tart cranberry, it's very versatile and pairs well with a variety of foods.
The first wine to be bottled from the 2016 vintage, we are happy to announce that we've increased our production from 500 cases in 2015 to 800 cases.
Look for this wine to be released on or around March 1, 2017.
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For more news on exciting Finger Lakes Dry Rosé, check out Discover Dry Rosé.
Cutting, fresh apple, lemon and lime reverberate throughout this zesty Chardonnay sparkling wine. The palate is exceptionally fine in texture with a softly mouth-filling mousse. The finish is tinged by a pleasant swathe of green herbs and lime zest. -A.I. December 31, 2016
APPELLATION: Finger Lakes
VINEYARDS: Atwater Estate Vineyards
HARVEST DATE: 9/10/2013 HARVEST BRIX: 18.2˚
GROWING CONDITIONS: The growing season was close to average in number of growing degree days. We avoided any significant spring frost.
Heavy spring rains continued into June, July was hot and humid with temps reaching the triple digits. Through early August, the relatively dry weather had vineyards thriving. An inch of rain on Labor Day turned up the disease pressure in some vineyards but a spectacular September saved us by staying dry and sunny for most of the month.
BLENDING INFORMATION: 100% Chardonnay
ACIDITY: 9.6g/l pH: 3.01 RESIDUAL SUGAR: .2% ALCOHOL: 12%
BOTTLING DATE: 7/11/14 DISGORGING DATE: 12/16/15
DOSAGE DATE: N/A RELEASE DATE: 6/3/16 PRODUCTION: 210 cases
WINEMAKERS NOTES: Hand-harvested, estate grown Chardonnay was 90% whole cluster pressed and 10% skin fermented. The secondary fermentation was inoculated with DV10 and allowed to mature on yeast lees for 18 months before disgorging contributing to the wine’s delicate, opulent bubbles. Sample trials done in Dec. 2015 showed the wine to be balanced and refreshing so we opted out of any additional sugar dosage treatment. The term for this is “Brut Nature” or “Zero Dosage” denoting the very driest style of sparkling wines with less than three grams of residual sugar per liter of wine.
TASTING NOTES: Huge floral aromas linger with honeysuckle and rose. Layered, bright flavors of peach and kiwi give way to a citrusy finish.
FOOD PAIRINGS: Pan seared scallops with grapes and almonds or arugula salad with goat cheese and prosciutto. In fact, this style is so versatile it pairs with almost any food. Enjoy!
OCTOBER 30, 2016, 10:37 AM| The scarecrow is an ancient tool of farmers trying to protect their crops from hungry birds. But these nostalgic agricultural aids - the stars of the annual Peddler's Village Scarecrow Festival in Bucks County, Pa. - are being supplanted by more modern methods. Luke Burbank checks out some farms using less traditional ways to scare off birds.