Forge Cellars

Planting Riesling and Pinot at Tango Oaks for Forge Cellars. Should see some fruit in 3 years

Planting Riesling and Pinot at Tango Oaks for Forge Cellars. Should see some fruit in 3 years...patience is a virtue.

Posted by Forge Cellars on Sunday, May 25, 2014


Thank you for making your way to Forge Cellars located in Hector NY, USA – on the hills overlooking serene Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes. When the time comes to track us down in person, and we hope you do, we occupy a small corner of the Hector Wine Company 10 minutes north of Watkins Glen. This is where we will talk and taste some wines.


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Average Bottle Price

$ 24


Justin Boyette


This project took 3 years to realize but the intent has always been clear – to make the best Riesling and Pinot Noir possible from the Finger Lakes of New York. From the very beginning we asked ourselves, “If we are diligent, disciplined and stay committed to doing the best work possible, what levels of quality can we realize in this unique cool climate region?”

The Team

Louis Barruol – Vigneron/Proprietor of Chateau Saint Cosme in Gigondas (Rhone Valley) France

Rick Rainey – Budding wine grower and resident of Trumansburg, NY

Practices & Techniques

We work with several different growers for a host of reasons vineyard aspect, soil, viticulture practices and general philosophies. The Finger Lakes is interesting as there are many growers that grow more than they make and even growers that don’t even make wine. What does this mean? Well, I would argue it is a great thing because the ability to find fruit is easier than in some parts of the world. That being said, finding QUALITY fruit presents its own challenges. Our Solution? A friend by the name of Phil Davis who is a grower and partner of a great winery named Damiani Wine Cellars offered several years ago to help us navigate the grape grower maze. In a short time, we have been able to establish very good relationships with several high quality growers and the insight they and Phil have been able to provide has been invaluable in helping us to achieve the quality levels we were aiming for.

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5610 St Rt 414
Hector, New York 14841
United States

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