About UsMeet the Team

Dedicated to excellence in winemaking in the Finger Lakes region since 1977. Journey through the rolling hills and discover our full portfolio of wines. Heron Hill is among the leaders in recognizing Riesling as the region's flagship varietal. Heron Hill has won many awards for its distinctive, elegant wines and continues to be at the forefront of Finger Lakes winemaking.

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John Ingle

Owner/Grapegrower

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Eric Frarey

Managing Partner

Mobile: 585-734-2978

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
    Naples Grape Festival
  • Lunch recommendation:
    On the deck at Nolans at Canandaigua Country Club
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    Sailing on Canandaigua Lake
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    Pruning Macri Vineyard
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    Grimes Glen, Naples
  • Must-see local attraction:
    Sonnenberg Gardens, Canandaigua
  • Go-to food & wine pairing:
    Fish Tacos and Heron Hill Reserve Pinot Blanc
  • A memorable bottle of Heron Hill wine or wine experience:
    Heron Hill Semidry Riesling at Tedeschi Trucks concert at Highland Bowl, Rochester
  • Favorite part of your job:
    Introducing Heron Hill Wines one person at a time
  • Year started at Heron Hill:
    2013, however I have been selling Heron Hill wines since 1986
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Barry Tortolon

Winemaker

607-868-4241 x.12

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
    Italian Festival in Watkins Glen
  • Lunch recommendation:
    Winemaker’s Panini at Blue Heron Café, of course
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    Either riding my motorcycle or bicycle
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    Cooking a big meal for my family. Usually home pasta from scratch.
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    N/A
  • Must-see local attraction:
    Corning Museum of Glass
  • A memorable bottle of Heron Hill wine or wine experience:
    2015 Reserve Pinot Blanc
  • Favorite part of your job:
    Assembling the final wines and bottling them
  • Year started at Heron Hill:
    2014
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Christy Dann

Chief Financial Officer

6607-868-4241 x. 17

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
    Cruisin’ Night at the Branchport Library, 1st Friday of every month through the summer.
  • Lunch recommendation:
    Winemaker ‘s Panini and Zucchini Pasta at the Blue Heron Café
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    Relax with my kids at the lake!
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    Sledding at home with my kids!
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    Camping at Langford Tractor Pull, Hiking at Watkins Glen State Park
  • Must-see local attraction:
    Keuka Lake!! It’s beautiful!!
  • Go-to food & wine pairing:
    Ingle Vineyard Riesling and Chicken/Broccoli Alfredo.
  • A memorable bottle of Heron Hill wine or wine experience:
    Every Sunday, I open a bottle of Semi-Dry or Semi-Sweet Riesling for dinner with my Grandfather. He loves Heron Hill Riesling!
  • Favorite part of your job:
    I love working with numbers, so almost every part of my job is my favorite, but I do have to say getting to have lunch on our terrace all summer long when the weather is gorgeous, that is top on the list!
  • Year started at Heron Hill:
    1999
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Jacqueline Wooster

Tasting Room Manager & Wine Club Manager

607-868-4241 x. 33

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
    The Palettes of Keuka
  • Lunch recommendation:
    Summer-Snug Harbour, Winter-Liberty Street Pub
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    On the boat cruising around to the different restaurants on Keuka
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    Snowmobiling
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    Eggleston Glen in the east side of Keuka
  • Must-see local attraction:
    Finger Lakes Boating Museum
  • Go-to food & wine pairing:
    Pinot Blanc and homemade Mac & Cheese
  • A memorable bottle of Heron Hill wine or wine experience:
    2002 Reserve Riesling, just opened in 2015: Stunning, bright minerality with vibrant fruit
  • Favorite part of your job:
    When the customer comes in not knowing anything about the winery or what wines they like and are interested to learn. As I am teaching them and when you see the light bulb go off in their head when they understand it just makes me smile!
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Chelsea Guererri

Marketing and Business Administration Manager

607-868-4241 x.10

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
    It's a Wonderful Life Festival in Seneca Falls - My hometown
  • Lunch recommendation:
    Grist Iron Brewing on Seneca Lake or The Olney Place on Keuka Lake
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    On the porch with my dogs and a glass of wine or beer.
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    Netflix binge
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    Anywhere in Vermont or the gorges in Ithaca
  • Must-see local attraction:
    Watkins Glen State Park, or any Finger Lake - they are all beautiful in their own way.
  • A memorable bottle of Heron Hill wine or wine experience:
    Any wine pulled from the library or when the 2016 Classic Cabernet Franc won Best Cabernet Franc at the NY Wine Classic
  • Favorite part of your job:
    Promoting Heron Hill in the forever changing digital world.
  • Year started at Heron Hill:
    2017
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Sam Pendleton

Cellar Master

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
    Concerts at CMAC in Canandaigua
  • Lunch recommendation:
    Getting subs from Casa Italiana in Canandaigua and eating them by the lake.
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    Hanging out with friends and family on Canandaigua Lake with a cold beverage.
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    Ice skating on a pond at my family's farm.
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    Parish Gully
  • Must-see local attraction:
    Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion
  • A memorable bottle of Heron Hill wine or wine experience:
    Pressing cabernet franc in a blizzard!
  • Favorite part of your job:
    Seeing/doing the entire winemaking process from grapes to finished wine in the bottle.
  • Year started at Heron Hill:
    2016
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Meghan O'Toole

Wedding & Events Coordinator

607-868-4241 x. 20

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
    Jewish Food Festival in Elmira
  • Lunch recommendation:Hand + Foot in Corning
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    Hiking a waterfall or in a kayak on any of our gorgeous lakes.
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    Great time to explore the wine & beer trails and enjoy being a local.
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    So many…Rim & Gorge Trail, Robert H. Tremain State Park, Tanglewood Nature Center, Cornell Plantations and Botanical Gardens
  • Must-see local attraction:
    Corning Museum of Glass, Contemporary Wing followed by local shopping and eating in Corning’s Historic Gaffer District
  • Go-to food & wine pairing:
    Grilled Chicken strawberry salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette & Classic Unoaked Chardonnay.
  • A memorable bottle of Heron Hill wine or wine experience:
    Walking in to work and smelling the winemaking in progress!
  • Favorite part of your job:
    Helping couples and families celebrate such a special day in their lives!
  • Year started at Heron Hill:
    2018
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Aimee Coates

Manager for Tasting Room on Seneca Lake

607-243-7109

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
    Finger Lakes Wine Festival (where else can you try so many amazing wines and camp on premises?)
  • Lunch recommendation:
    Parker’s in Geneva (great burgers and steak fries with a glass of Eclipse Red)
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    Chicken and steaks on the grill, family all around and 4 different wine selections (so that everybody is happy)
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    With a great book, a warm fire and a glass of Reserve Merlot
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    Watkins Glen State Park
  • Must-see local attraction:
    Corning Museum of Glass (I could spend all day there)
  • Go-to food & wine pairing:
    Ingle Vineyard Cabernet Franc with a juicy steak off the grill
  • A memorable bottle of Heron Hill wine or wine experience:
    2010 Eclipse Red poured at the 2016 Eclipse Blending Seminar at Seneca. Wow!
  • Favorite part of your job:
    Great conversations with interesting people
  • Year started at Heron Hill:
    2012
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Kelly Weiss

Sales Representative

 

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Don Riesenberger

Vineyard Manager Keuka Lake

607-868-4241

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
    Thanksgiving
  • Lunch recommendation:
    Eating Maryland crabs outside
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    Drinking a beer with friends
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    cross-country skiing
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    Finger Lakes Trail
  • Must-see local attraction:
    Jump Off at Ontario County Park
  • Favorite part of your job:
    Harvesting grapes
  • Year started at Heron Hill:
    2013
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Kyle Franzoni

Vineyard Manager, Ingle Vineyard on Canandaigua Lake

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Christine Miller

Consumer Educator

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Jamie Kelly

Sales Representative

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Karen O'Conner

Sales Representative

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Sean Barr

Sales Representative