Hosmer Winery

Hosmer Winery Harvest 2014

About

Hosmer produces 20 thousand gallons of wine annually. At this boutique level, we are able to assure the excellence of the entire process, from the basic fruit to the finished wine. He works closely with Winemaker, Aaron Roisen to produce consistent quality wines in the European tradition. Hosmer wines have been recognized consistently over the years at both regional and international competitions, as well as by highly respected publications including the Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, USA Today,The New York Times,The Wall Street Journal, Boston Magazine and many more.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Finger Lakes.

Features

  • One of the oldest growers of grapes on Cayuga Lake

Additional Information

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Average Bottle Price

$ 15

Winemaker

Aaron Roisens’ aspirations to achieving a Finger Lakes wine making pedigree did not come to him in a fever dream, but as a realization over a decade ago to bring agricultural diversity, change, and adventure to his home state of Minnesota. Initially Aarons’ interests were more devoted to viticulture as he attended the fabled Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology in New Zealand, but soon shifted towards a direction of winemaking after his first harvest in 2002 at Marlborough vintners. Upon finishing school Aaron took to the skies to fill the position of assistant winemaker at Lamoreaux Landing wine cellars in Lodi, New York. After two vintages, Aarons’ services were requested once again in 2004 in New Zealand, to be part of a custom crush facility, South Pacific cellars. After finishing what was the largest harvest Roisen had experienced it was back to New York to reprise the role as assistant winemaker at Atwater Estate vineyards. Following three vintages at Atwater Estate, an opportunity to fill the position as head winemaker at Hosmer was presented to Aaron. Naturally, Aaron, accepted the position and 2007 marked the beginning of his career as head winemaker for Hosmer Winery.

History

Robert Collyer Hosmer and grandson Cameron Hosmer look out from the back deck in the summer of 1955 onto the property that had been in the family for nearly 30 years. Less than 20 years later, in 1973, Cameron Hosmer and his wife Maren Hosmer planted 5 acres of vines in that exact plot of land. Now Cameron and his son Timothy Hosmer tend to those same vines that rest in the middle of the 70 acres of grapes that now thrive on the Hosmer farm.

Cameron Hosmer's father, a Syracuse textile manufacturer, envisioned growing grapes on the gentle slopes of Cayuga Lake at the family's summer home. His vision took shape when Cameron and Maren started planting grapevines in the late 1970's. Although Cameron's father didn't get to see full fruition of this dream, the farm has grown to nearly 70 acres of premium wine grapes.

After fifteen years of selling their grapes to others, Cameron and Maren had a vision of making and selling their own wine and founded Hosmer Winery in 1985 on the principle that great wine starts in the vineyard.

After fifteen years of selling their grapes to others, Cameron and Maren had a vision of making and selling their own wine and founded Hosmer Winery in 1985 on the principle that great wine starts in the vineyard. With a degree in Pomology from Cornell University and a semester at California State University, Fresno (renowned for their world-class programs in viticulture and enology), Cameron had both the background and experience to get started in the budding industry. They opened up their first tasting room in the garage of the Estate home in the summer of 1986.

In 1990, with increased production and growing recognition, the decision was made to renovate a barn across the street and inaugurate a new tasting and retail facility. The friendly atmosphere and knowledgeable staff introduces thousands of visitors each year to a memorable tasting experience. The tasting and retail facility is located on State Route 89, along the western shore of Cayuga Lake, just 20 miles north of Ithaca.

Hosmer wines include a wide variety of styles made from traditional Vinifera, as well as French-American hybrid varieties. Today, Hosmer produces 20 thousandgallons of wine annually. At this boutique level, we are able to assure the excellence of the entire process, from the basic fruit to the finished wine. He works closely with Winemaker, Aaron Roisen to produce consistent quality wines in the European tradition.

The Team

Owners Cameron and Maren Hosmer stand amid their vineyard with son Timothy Hosmer, daughter Anna Hosmer and pup Gully. The vines you see in the background were planted by Cameron over 40 years ago, when he started Hosmer Winery on a farm that had been in his family since the 1920's. In the 40 year since those first vines were put in the ground, the Hosmer family has gained notoriety as one of the pioneers in the Finger Lakes wine region, with a dedication to sustainable farming and forward thinking. Now with the incorporation of son Timothy Hosmer and his business Benchmark Custom Vineyard Planting, the Hosmer's involvement and dedication to the Finger Lakes wine industry continues to grow.

THE VINEYARD CREW
Meet the gentlemen that make everything possible at Hosmer Winery. Cameron Hosmer and his son Tim Hosmer work meticulously with experienced vineyard managers Matt Carfora and Jack Keller, as well as winemaker Aaron Roisen in order to maintain our renown 70 acre vineyard. This small crew assure that every vine is healthy, strong and capable of producing the quality of fruit we deem necessary to process and turn into wine.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Hosmer Winery is home to Patricia Verona Vineyard established in 1972, comprised of the nearly 70 acres of grapes that provide Hosmer Winery with the fruit to remain a fully functioning estate winery. The vineyard frames our tasting room and production facility creating a picturesque setting on the western shore of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York. With silt loam soils, shale bedrock, and Easterly sloping land that matches near-maximum lake width and depth, Patrician Verona is ideally situated within the Finger Lakes Region to produce premium wine grapes. The grapes include Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Lemberger, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, among several other natives and hybrids. By preserving and building soil the grapes are grown on, and exploring new ways to reduce environmental impacts, the vines can inhabit a site less altered by modern agricultural inputs. The wines can portray a truer reflection of the Patrician Verona Vineyard site.

Awards

"Best Dry Riesling" at the 2012 Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes.

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Hours

Mon - Sat: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Address

7020 Rt 89
Ovid, New York 14521
United States

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