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The terrain of the Finger Lakes Region makes it a unique location for yielding superb wines. The lakeside hills, the gravelly loam soil, and the exceptional growing climate of warm days and cool evenings all add to the quality of the wines produced here.

 
New York Map with finger lakes

The terrain of the Finger Lakes Region makes it a unique location for yielding superb wines. The lakeside hills, the gravelly loam soil, and the exceptional growing climate of warm days and cool evenings all add to the quality of the wines produced here. In addition, the low yield of the vineyards – an average of two tons per acre – contributes to a high concentration of flavor and quality. Interestingly, the Finger Lakes Region itself is referred to as “Riesling Country” because the German style climate and landscape is so well suited to producing top-notch Rieslings (77 percent of the state’s Riesling wine is produced in the Finger Lakes).

Heron Hill gets most of its grapes from 12 acres of grapevines onsite and from our owner’s Ingle Vineyard, where there are nearly 20 acres of vinifera grapevines. Located on Seneca Point, on the west side of Canandaigua Lake, Ingle Vineyard is the only vinifera vineyard on that lake. Varieties grown include Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir. The vineyard is located on the home property of the Ingles, who maintain the vines themselves and with their staff. Sustainable methods are utilized and have been nearly 40 years.

The Finger Lakes Region itself is referred to as “Riesling Country” because the German style climate and landscape is so well suited to producing top-notch Rieslings