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

Chief Operating Officer

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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Tambi Schweizer

Tasting Room Manager & Wine Club Manager

607-868-4241 x. 33

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
    The Palates 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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Erin Rafalowski

Marketing & PR Manager

607-868-4241 x. 11

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
    4TH of July with my family in Branchport
  • Lunch recommendation:
    Pack a picnic in the summer and enjoy one of the many parks in the Finger Lakes, or so many great restaurants have opened in Rochester
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    sailing, swimming, relaxing on Keuka Lake
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    skiing or a winter walk followed by a slow cooked meal
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    exploring the Finger Lakes Trail or Keuka Lake State Park
  • Must-see local attraction:
    Keuka Lake, especially during the Classic Boat Show or Seaplane Homecoming.
  • Go-to food & wine pairing:
    grilled fish and vegetables with Ingle Vineyard Riesling
  • A memorable bottle of Heron Hill wine or wine experience:
    Ingle Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2010 from when I first started working at Heron Hill –complex with enticing aromas, like no other Cabernet Franc I had tasted before.
  • Favorite part of your job:
    experiencing whole lifecycle, from harvest to people enjoying the final product in the tasting room
  • Year started at Heron Hill:
    2012
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Paul Wilson

Logistics Manager

607-868-4241 x. 25

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
    Christmas evening with family
  • Lunch recommendation:
    Peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a tall glass of “cold” milk
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    On the boat with my family and some whiskey
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    Going to Ellicottville visiting the ski resorts and pubs
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    Red House area of Allegany State Parkk
  • Must-see local attraction:
    Watkins Glen Race Track
  • Go-to food & wine pairing:
    Blaufrankisch with a Fillet Mignon
  • A memorable bottle of Heron Hill wine or wine experience:
    Holiday Merlot (early 2002ish)
  • Favorite part of your job:
    Interfacing with the kids and dogs that come in the winery
  • Year started at Heron Hill:
    2000
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Nicolette DeAngelis

Wedding & Events Coordinator

607-868-4241 x. 20

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
    Watkins Glen Waterfront Festival
  • Lunch recommendation:
    Lakeside Restaurant
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    Boating or swimming on the lake!
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    Cuddled up reading a book with a glass of dry red wine.
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    Watkins Glen State Park
  • Must-see local attraction:
    The gorges!
  • 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:
    Doing a vertical wine tasting with IV Riesling, it was the first moment I realized Rieslings could age deliciously!
  • Favorite part of your job:
    Getting to know all of my couples personally and helping make such a special day of their life come to life.
  • Year started at Heron Hill:
    2014
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Angela Mattoon

Office Manager

607-868-4241 x. 10

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
    N/A
  • Lunch recommendation:
    Winemaker's Panini at Blue Heron Café
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    With a bottle of white wine out on a calm lake relaxing with the waves
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    With a bottle of red wine, curled up with a good book
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    N/A
  • Must-see local attraction:
    Watkins Glen State Park & Corning Museum of Glass
  • Go-to food & wine pairing:
    Cheese tray with Aged Gouda & The Chosen Spot
  • A memorable bottle of Heron Hill wine or wine experience:
    N/A
  • Favorite part of your job:
    variety
  • Year started at Heron Hill:
    2015
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Joanne Roe

Manager for Tasting Room at Bristol

585-394-0173

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
    Ontario County Fair
  • Lunch recommendation:
    Rio Tomatlan
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    In the shade with a good book and a glass of Chosen Spot.
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    In front of the fireplace with a good book and a glass of Chosen Spot.
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    Hi Tor
  • Must-see local attraction:
    Bristol Mountain-Fall hiking and summer zip line.
  • Go-to food & wine pairing:
    Thick sliced zucchini and summer squash slices, oiled and char-grilled with blistered red peppers, sea salt, and fresh Mozzarella cheese, with Save the White Deer blend.
  • A memorable bottle of Heron Hill wine or wine experience:
    Opening a bottle of 2007 Old Vines Riesling and learning that it was not only still good, but incredibly delicious. A clean out of the back room storage area that resulted in the “find”.
  • Favorite part of your job:
    When guests “get” the difference between classic and Ingle Vineyard varieties.
  • Year started at Heron Hill:
    2013
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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

Mobile: 607-329-6592

  • Favorite seasonal event/festival:
    Gaffers wine and beer walk
  • Lunch recommendation:
    Waterfront on Keuka Lake
  • How to spend a summer afternoon:
    Kayaking
  • How to spend a winter afternoon:
    Fireplace, blanket, movie and a bottle of wine
  • Favorite hiking or camping spot:
    6 mile point in ithaca... Start early or bring a flash light :)
  • Must-see local attraction:
    Keuka Lake and if you live there you forget it but the lake and the city of Hammondsport are priceless and so beautiful
  • Go-to food & wine pairing:
    Grilled lamb chops with arugula pine nut pesto and Eclipse Red
  • A memorable bottle of Heron Hill wine or wine experience:
    Celebrating my in laws 50th wedding anniversary with our California family and having them love our wine!!!
  • Favorite part of your job:
    Having someone flag the Transit down to tell me their special Heron Hill story... or to talk about how much they love Tambi
  • Year started at Heron Hill:
    2015
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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
  • Go-to food & wine pairing:
    N/A
  • A memorable bottle of Heron Hill wine or wine experience:
    N/A
  • Favorite part of your job:
    Harvesting grapes
  • Year started at Heron Hill:
    2013
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Kyle Franzoni

Vineyard Manager Canandaigua Lake

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Zebadiah Archer

Vineyard Assistant Canandaigua Lake