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Our 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

 


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

 


1977

 

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

 


1976-1995

Johnstone remains winemaker and manger at Heron Hill Winery

 


 

1991

 

First vintage of Eclipse Red Blend

 


 

1995

 

Phil Hazlitt hired as winemaker

 

1996

 

Dan Keeler hired as winemaker

 

 


1999

 

Heron Hill Winery completes renovation and expansion

 


1999

John Rose hired as general manager of Heron Hill Winery

 


2000

 

Heron Hill Winery hosts first wedding in the outdoor tent

 


2001

Thomas Lazlo hired as winemaker 

 


2002-2004

 

Heron Hill Keuka estate vineyard replanted

 


 

2003

Heron Hill's first vintage of icewine

 


 

2004

 

First columnSan Francisco International Wine Ingle Vineyard 2002 Best White Wine


 

2006

 

Tasting Room on Seneca opens


2007

Jancis Robinson visits Heron Hill Winery and Ingle Vineyard


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”


 

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

 


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

2015

Barry Tortolon hired as winemaker

 


2016

Blaufrankish planted at Ingle Vineyard

 


 

2017

Heron Hill Winery celebrated their 40th anniversary

2020

Jordan Harris hired as Winemaker 

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