About UsOur History

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.

1968

Peter Johnstone plants Chardonnay and Riesling on current site of Heron Hill

 
John & Josephine Ingle plant Chardonnay, Riesling, Seyval, Ravat, and Aurora on the west side of Canandaigua Lake

1972

1972

John & Josephine Ingle plant Chardonnay, Riesling, Seyval, Ravat, and Aurora on the west side of Canandaigua Lake

1974-1976

Johnstone and Ingle sell grapes to Gold Seal Winery

Heron Hill Winery opens. Seven wines entered in the New York State Fair and seven wines wine Gold medals.
 

1977

1977

Heron Hill Winery opens. Seven wines entered in the New York State Fair and seven wines wine Gold medals.

1976-1995

Johnstone remains winemaker and manger at Heron Hill Winery

 
First vintage of Eclipse Red Blend

1991

1991

First vintage of Eclipse Red Blend

1995

Phil Hazlitt hired as winemaker

1996

Dan Keeler hired as winemaker

Heron Hill Winery completes renovation and expansion
 

1999

1999

Heron Hill Winery completes renovation and expansion

1999

John Rose hired as general manager of Heron Hill Winery

 
Heron Hill Winery hosts first wedding in the outdoor tent

2000

2000

Heron Hill Winery hosts first wedding in the outdoor tent

2001

Thomas Lazlo hired as winemaker

Heron Hill Keuka estate vineyard replanted
 

2002-2004

2002-2004

Heron Hill Keuka estate vineyard replanted

 
Heron Hill's first vintage of icewine

2003

2003

Heron Hill's first vintage of icewine

San Francisco International Wine Ingle Vineyard 2002 Best White Wine
 

2004

2004

San Francisco International Wine Ingle Vineyard 2002 Best White Wine

 
Tasting Room on Seneca opens

2006

2006

Tasting Room on Seneca opens

Jancis Robinson visits Heron Hill Winery and Ingle Vineyard
 

2007

2007

 

 
Ingle Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot planted

2008

2008

Ingle Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot planted

2009

Bernard Cannac hired as winemaker

 
Heron Hill selected by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the “Top 10 Most Spectacular Tasting Rooms in the World”

2009

2009

Heron Hill selected by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the “Top 10 Most Spectacular Tasting Rooms in the World”

Tasting room on Canandaigua Lake opens
 

2010

2010

Tasting room on Canandaigua Lake opens

2011

Heron Hill begins using screwcap closure on select wines

2013

Eric Frarey joins Heron Hill Winery as Director of Sales and is soon named COO

Barry Tortolon hired as winemaker
 

2015

2015

Barry Tortolon hired as winemaker

 
Blaufrankish planted at Ingle Vineyard

2016

2016

Blaufrankish planted at Ingle Vineyard