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

607-868-4241 x. 18

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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
  • 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 Rosé Soirée on Linden St. in Geneva
  • Lunch recommendation:
    My husband and I go to Ichiro Japanese Restaurant, Geneva for lunch on our days off together.
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    Relaxing with family on Seneca Lake and grilling.
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    Sitting around the dining room table and making holiday crafts
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    Watkins Glen and Treman State Park
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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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Kirby Field

Assistant Vineyard Manager

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
    The Purple Painted Lady Festival
  • Lunch recommendation:
    Seneca Farms in Penn Yan.
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    Hiking in the woods with Nicki and stopping for lunch at a pulloff.
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    At home with my family.
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    Ontario Park jump-off trail
  • Must-see local attraction:
    The Windmill in Penn Yan
  • A memorable bottle of Heron Hill wine or wine experience:
    Harvesting over 100 tons of grapes all picked by hand at Weimer Vineyards.
  • Favorite part of your job:
    Being outside and growing the plants that produce the fruit for winemaking. Being part of something from start to finish is rewarding.
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Jessie Gorcica

Wedding & Events Coordinator

607-868-4241 x. 20

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
    Naples Grape Festival
  • Lunch recommendation:
  • Roots Café Naples, NY
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    Going to the lake with family and friends and having a cookout
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    Traveling to Amsterdam to see the holiday decorations and visit loved ones
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    Parish Gully in Naples NY for hiking
  • A memorable bottle of Heron Hill wine or wine experience:
    Friends of Equicenter is the wine I always bring over to all my friends house and it is a fan favorite. I love the story behind the organization and the wine tastes amazing.
  • Favorite part of your job:
    The happiness of celebration before, during and after a wedding - how every wedding or event brings people together and reunites families who have been apart for a long period of time.
  • Year started at Heron Hill:
    June 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

Courtney Dolan

Manager for Tasting Room on Canandaigua Lake

585-394-0173

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
  • Lunch recommendation:
    Rio Tomatlan, Canandaigua.
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    Relaxing on the boat with family on Canandaigua Lake.
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    Home by the fireplace, trying new recipes and sipping some wine.
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    Onanda Park, Canandaigua.
  • Must-see local attraction:
    White Deer Tour at Seneca Depot
  • A memorable bottle of Heron Hill wine or wine experience:
    Guest judging for the NY Wine Classic.
  • Favorite part of your job:
    I love interacting with people every day, talking about wine and life, but also helping to inform them on the fun stuff the FLX has to offer.
  • Year started at Heron Hill:
    2018

 

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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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Chris McKee

Sales Representative