Our Vineyards & GrapesHeron Hill cultivates its grapes from three different vineyard sites encompassing a total of 43 acres including 16 acres of grapevines onsite, 23.5 acres of vinifera grapevines from our owner’s Ingle Vineyard, and 3 acres from Macri Vineyard located on the west side of Canandaigua Lake
"Boot prints in the vineyards, not tire tracks" - Heron Hill's vineyards are sustainably farmed with nature-friendly viticulture practices. We are not certified organic (very few wineries in the country have this certification), however we only use organic fertilizers.
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
Located on Seneca Point, on the west side of Canandaigua Lake, Ingle Vineyard is the biggest vinifera vineyard on the lake. All Ingle vineyard grapes are harvested by hand to select only the best fruit.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 along with their staff. Sustainable methods are utilized and have been nearly 50 years.
Any wine labeled Ingle Vineyard is a single vineyard wine exclusively grown at the estate vineyards and are sustainably farmed, hand picked and have been isolated from all other vineyards to exemplify its unique characteristics.
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).
Shale hillside behind Heron Hill Winery