Eminence Road Farm Winery makes small lots of dry table wine in a barn on the western edge
of the Catskills using grapes from sustainably managed Finger Lakes vineyards. All wine is
bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered with nothing added but a minimal amount of sulfite
for stability and occasionally neutral yeast.
Eminence Road wine can be found at local farmers' markets as well as fine restaurants and
wineshops in the Finger Lakes, Catskills, Hudson Valley, Manhattan and Brooklyn. Please
for a partial and perpetually out-of-date list
of venues. Please note, the winery is not open to the public and we do not have a tasting
room. Due to the pandemic we are not accepting visitors at the winery except for
prearranged, no contact wine pick ups. To order wine for pick up please e-mail us at:
Thank you for visiting Eminence Road,
Andrew, Jennifer, Brigette and Barry
2021 New Year's Winery Report
Topping up barrels during winter.
At the winery right now not a whole lot is going on. If that's not a grabber intro sentence
I don't know what is. Really, I dare anyone to stop themselves from reading on. Hey, wait,
come back! There are a few things happening. Winter winery priority number one and two are
making sure the barrels get topped up every two weeks and then, a little later on, pruning
the vineyard. This is also the time to make plans for next year, order equipment, corks,
bottles, vines, trees, seeds, etc. This spring we'll plant a small, experimental plot with
two new hybrid vine varieties. The first is Louise Swenson, a white grape bred by the late
Elmer Swenson and the other is Petit Pearl, a red grape bred by Tom Plocher. Both are cold
hardy, self-rooted and relatively disease resistant. It will be interesting to see how they
fare in Acidalia. Also hope to plant a stand of elm trees, more apples and put up a large,
fenced in area for Atlantic giant pumpkins. We really miss the big pumpkins.
The solar panel project is working out well. They are tilted nearly vertical in winter to
make the most of the short days.
So how was the 2020 harvest? Thanks for asking. Broadly speaking, it was a smallish crop
of good quality fruit. The growing season was sunny and dry making for small, concentrated
berries free of mildew. It was also a relatively stress free and early harvest--all the
grapes were pressed and in barrel by the second week of November, two weeks ahead of normal.
Low yields in some varieties meant we made about twenty-five percent less wine than hoped
for. Cabernet franc will be in short supply, chardonnay, too, but there will be a whole
lot of riesling. And one barrel of blaufrankisch, a first at Eminence Road. Look for the
wines in 2022.
And 2019? These are the best wines we have ever made. No, really! The grapes were very slow
to ripen and the flavor, density and texture of the resulting wines is remarkable. The
whites, except for chardonnay which is still in tank, have already sold through but the
reds are on the way. More details to come in the big spring 2021 update.
Barry (left) is also turning out well thanks to his endlessly patient older sister,
Brigette, who is teaching him how everything works.
One final thing, there is a great, completely overlooked documentary from the mid-60s
about making natural wine in Europe. The film is called "Eye of the Devil" and it's very
much worth checking out for a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges and sacrifices one
must endure to produce wine the old fashioned way.
Cheers from Eminence Road!
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