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Atwater Vineyards

Atwater Vineyards
 
March 16, 2020 | Atwater Vineyards

Tasting Room Update

This morning, the governors of New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey announced new regulations to halt the spread of the coronavirus, including limiting restaurant and bar service to take-out only. Effective tomorrow, our tasting room will be closed for the good of our guests, staff, and community.

You can still get the Atwater wine you love while supporting our local economy and small family business.

Now Through the End of March
$10 Ground Shipping on Case Purchases
Quantity and Club Discounts Apply

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Curbside Pick-Up

If you are local and would like to pick up your wine, order online and choose the "Pickup" option at checkout. When you arrive, park in the marked space and call (607) 546-8463 to let us know you’ve arrived. We'll bring your wine out to you and load it in your vehicle.


Atwater Wine Club

To make sure you always have wine on hand, you can also join our Atwater’s Edge Wine Club which provides you with the finest selection of wines, including exclusive, early release, and library vintages at a member discount, shipped quarterly. With three levels of membership, we are confident you will find a club level that meets your needs.


EXPLORE OUR CLUBS

Please note that because the situation is rapidly changing, we urge you to keep up to date via our website and social media channels.

Time Posted: Mar 16, 2020 at 12:19 PM
Atwater Vineyards
 
March 15, 2020 | Atwater Vineyards

The Atwater Times - March 2020

View from Atwater's deck overlooking Seneca Lake.Be sure to tune in to our LIVE webcam to watch March transition from a lion to a lamb.

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IN THE VINEYARDS

Vineyards overlooking Seneca Lake

We’ve passed the time of year when we expect to get our major cold events and have not seen significant bud damage, so we decided to push through and finish pruning the vineyards. Now we hope we don’t have a frost event after the vines have started to grow in the spring!

With pruning done, we’ve returned to trellis work to get things ready for tying. We’re repairing posts and wires now so that we can then tighten the wires. The canes left after pruning will be wrapped around the wires for support. The wires need to be tight so that they can support the weight of the fruit as the vines grow.

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WINE CELLAR UPDATES 

Our winemakers have been undertaking blending trials of skin-fermented, barrel-aged Vignoles 2016, Riesling 2016, and Gewürztraminer 2017. Vinny and George are also preparing to bottle our 2019 Vignoles and Stone Bridge White at the end of March.

Bottle of Fahrenheit on a table overlooking Seneca Lake

New Release
Fahrenheit 2016

Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were handpicked and frozen for three weeks then whole-clustered pressed, cold-settled, racked and fermented in stainless steel. After fermentation was stopped, the wine was aged in stainless steel tanks. The wine has aromas of fresh strawberries, raspberries, and orange marmalade, intriguing flavors of apricot, honey, allspice, and strawberry jam, and a delightful silky texture.

Purchase Fahrenheit

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FROM THE TASTING ROOM

Tasting room photo showing tables in the tasting room.

We've rearranged our tasting room to give you more room to sit and enjoy our wines. Please join us for a tasting and see our new look!

Spring holidays are on the horizon, and we will be posting wine cocktail recipes Amanda developed for you to use for brunches and other special events. Our first featured drink is the MoonWalk. Check out our social media in the upcoming weeks for more delicious cocktails.

MoonWalk

Combine:

1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
1 oz. orange liqueur
3 drops rose water

Shake with ice

Top with Sparking Gewürztraminer 2013

 Photo of MoonWalk cocktail in a champagne flute.

 

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CLUB HOUSE

Club party hayride.

Our annual Wine Club Party will be held on June 13th from 5:00 until sunset. Enjoy hayride tours throughout the vineyards, vertical wine tastings with the winemakers, great music with Aaron Lipp & the Slacktones, catered hors d'oeuvres with a full buffet dinner and delectable desserts. Close the evening by watching the sun set over the vineyards and Seneca Lake. Get your tickets here.

Time Posted: Mar 15, 2020 at 9:04 AM
Atwater Vineyards
 
February 17, 2020 | Atwater Vineyards

The Atwater Times - February 2020

Snow-covered vineyard overlooking Seneca Lake.

Be sure to tune in to our LIVE webcam to watch the winter weather.

Our vineyard is covered in snow from recent storms, but Punxsutawney Phil predicts we only have six more weeks of winter.


IN THE VINEYARD 

Now that we are in the heart of winter, the vineyard staff’s primary activity has been pruning. Although only about a quarter of the way through the vineyards, they are starting to pick up the pace since we will turn the corner toward spring very soon. 

It is also a good time to prepare for the upcoming season by doing equipment maintenance and repairs since we don’t use our tractors and equipment as much use this time of year. In the heat of the growing season, it is important to have everything running properly so that we don’t have a breakdown at a critical stage. 

WINE CELLAR UPDATES

Rose bottles ready to test.

The 2019 rosés are officially on deck for the first bottling run of 2020 season.

We sent all the rosés through their initial filtration to help clarify and aerate the wine, delivered samples for lab analysis to check the chemistry, and finally ran cold stability trials to ensure their integrity. 

If all goes according to plan we should have what is shaping up to be an excellent batch of rosés coming this spring.

PURCHASE CURRENT ROSÉS NOW

FROM THE TASTING ROOM

Cabernet Franc sitting on a barrel in the snow.

New Release

2018 Cabernet Franc

Our Cabernet Franc underwent 61% spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tank, 39% fermentation in open top bin and was aged nine months in neutral French oak barrels.

Its grapes produce delicate flavors of red cherry, raspberries, and sweet tobacco.


THE VINEYARD TABLE

We are pleased to announce dates for our greatly anticipated Vineyard Table dinners.

Experience fine dining prepared table-side by acclaimed local chefs Giulietta Racciatti and Rune Hilt of Red Dove Tavern while nestled in Atwater’s beautiful vineyards overlooking Seneca Lake. Giulietta and Rune craft menus that focus on local and seasonal ingredients and are thoughtfully paired with Atwater wines. Meet our winemakers, learn about the chefs and the passion they bring to their craft, and enjoy lively conversation with friends. 

Space is limited to 22 guests, so book your experience early to guarantee a spot. Club members receive $10 off per ticket (limit 2).

PURCHASE VINEYARD TABLE TICKETS NOW


SHIPPING NEWS

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to ship orders to customers in Arizona!

CLUB HOUSE

 

FEBRUARY PICK-UP PARTY

Thank you to our Wine Club members who came out for the first pick-up party of 2020! From our cozy tasting room, we watched the snow hide Seneca Lake while tasting an array of wines including pre-releases and library wines and enjoying small bites. George brought winemaking equipment and barrel samples from the cellar for show-and-tell. Our next wine club shipment and party is in May. 


ANNUAL WINE CLUB PARTY

Save the Date: June 13th

Our annual Wine Club Party will be held on June 13th from 5:00 until sunset. Enjoy hayride tours throughout the vineyards, vertical wine tastings with the winemakers, great music with Aaron Lipp & the Slacktones, catered hors d'oeuvres with a full buffet dinner and delectable desserts. Close the evening by watching the sun set over the vineyards and Seneca Lake.

If you are not yet a member, please join our wine-loving community! Visit our website for more details.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Check out our Events Calendar for the latest events at and around Atwater Vineyards.

Time Posted: Feb 17, 2020 at 3:46 PM
Atwater Vineyards
 
January 15, 2020 | Atwater Vineyards

The Atwater Times - January 2020

Be sure to tune in to our LIVE webcam to watch the winter weather.

2020 marks Atwater’s 20th anniversary.
We are excited to meet this milestone and hope you will join us in celebrating throughout the year.


IN THE VINEYARD 

Man doing work on the vineyard poles and trellis system.

On cold days, we've begun pruning our hardier varieties which is ideal since we can bundle up and stay warm. Each vine is pruned by hand so that we can assess how it is doing. Proper pruning is the foundation for managing the growth, crop load, and health of our vines. On January 31, we will be participating in the second annual Felco East Pruning Competition at Anthony Road Winery for a friendly test of our pruning skills.

Warmer weather during December and January, however, has allowed us to keep doing trellis work, which we need to have more dexterity (i.e., thinner gloves) for. It has also been wet, which makes it hard to get tractors into the vineyard. Even so, we’ve already gotten much more tractor work in than average for this time of year. 

IN THE WINERY

Vinny managing blending trials with a number of wines in front of him.

The winemakers are closing in on most of the major blending decisions for the 2019 whites and rosés, with only a few more adjustments as we head toward the bottling season. In the barrel room, our reds are just finishing up malolactic fermentation and will soon be ready for their winter hibernation. With the benefit of time, we can report with more confidence that the wine quality of last fall’s vintage appears quite strong across the board.

FROM THE TASTING ROOM

Charcuterie board aside a glass of wine sitting in the snow.

Cheese Plates and Charcuterie Boards

Cheese plates and charcuterie boards are available throughout the winter and are perfect to enjoy with a glass of wine or with one of our tantalizing wine cocktails in our cozy tasting room overlooking the sleeping vineyards.
 

SLWT Bargain Bash

Held January 11-20 after the busy holiday, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s Bargain Bash is an inventory reduction and clearance sale with many wineries providing discounts on wine and a variety of retail items. It is free to attend and no tickets are required. We will be offering can’t-miss deals such as:

Dry Rosé of Blaufränkisch 2017: $7 per bottle
Atwater White: $6.50 per bottle
Finger Lakes Wine Glasses (Set of 12): $35 normally $70

Available in tasting room only while supplies last. No additional discounts apply.
 

SLWT Global Eats and Local Wine

International flavor comes to Seneca Lake during the Global Eats and Local Wine event! Enjoy a tour around Seneca Lake while exploring the unique, delicious pairings of Seneca Lake wines with foods from a variety of nations and cultures at twenty-one participating Seneca Lake Wine Trail wineries. At Atwater, we are pairing Apple Butter Rugelach, a taste of Poland, with our Riesling 2015. Tickets, available through the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, are $40 per person, $20 for designated drivers.

Photo of Atwater wines and the Global Eats Passport

SLWT Wine Weekday Passports

Seneca Lake Wine Trail Wine Weekday Passports are available in our tasting room or through the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Good through June 30, 2020, these passports allow one guest a tasting at each of fifteen participating wineries and are valid Monday through Friday during regular business hours. They can be used in a single week or over the course of several and provide a convenient way to enjoy many of the wineries on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Check out our Events Calendar for the latest events at and around Atwater Vineyards.

Time Posted: Jan 15, 2020 at 11:11 AM