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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.


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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 Please click here for a partial and perpetually out-of-date list of venues.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: wine(at)eminenceroad.com.

Thank you for visiting Eminence Road,
Andrew, Jennifer, Brigette and Barry

2021 New Year's Winery Report


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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.


solar panels in a field
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.


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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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