NY Winery Of The Month

     

 

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Wagner Vineyards

Wagner Vineyards was founded in Lodi, New York by Bill Wagner, a lifelong resident of the area and grape grower for over fifty years. Bill began plans and broke ground for his estate winery even before the passage of the Farm Winery Act in 1976. 

 

 

 

 

Construction of the distinctive eight-sided building, Bill’s own design, was completed and the winery opened its doors in June of 1979. The winery rapidly developed into a major attraction in the Finger Lakes region and hosts over 100,000 visitors each year. 

Wagner Vineyards is one of the Finger Lakes Region’s few estate wineries, which means that they grow all of the grapes used to produce their wine. They cultivate 20 grape varieties on 250 acres, all adjacent to or within a few miles of the winery.

The winery’s prime location on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake contributes to the superior quality of the grapes. The unique combination of deep water (parts of Seneca Lake are over 600 feet deep) and sloping hillside provides a natural temperature moderator, protecting the vines against extreme temperature changes.