Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards

Interview with Doug Hazlitt of Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards


Relaxed, friendly and unpretentious. A lifestyle we hope you share along with our wines. Stop in and see us on the postcard-perfect east side of Seneca Lake or picturesque Naples, NY, and we’ll share one with you. Or order a bottle* online and enjoy our wine in your perfect setting. Great wines. Great times. Yeah, you came to the right place. *Or two, or a case, or a pallet, we’re not judging.

Location Description

Our Hector location is one of the 33+ wineries on the award-winning Seneca Lake Wine Trail.


  • Great wines and great times. The horseshoe tasting bar. Popcorn served with your wine tasting. Outdoor party pavillion: The Oasis.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 10-14


Back in 1852, David Hazlitt bought 153 acres of fruit trees and vineyards here in Hector, NY. Over the next six generations, various Hazlitts farmed the land, raised families and made wine. OK, we don’t know for sure that they all made wine, but given the great grapes that grow here and the current generation’s track record for producing amazing wine, we’ve got a feeling they did.

We do know for sure that in 1985, Jerry and Elaine Hazlitt founded Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards. Today, our family keeps the tradition going. Our grapes make award-winning wines. Our wines make us new friends. And we love making both.

Did it start with dinner with friends at one of those chic little restaurants in the Finger Lakes, with us at the horseshoe bar in our tasting room or with a special someone on a first-date picnic? Maybe it was our Cabernet Franc that made you a Hazlitt fan. Or a Riesling or a Sauvignon Blanc. Was it love at first sip with our legendary Ice Wine or did our Red Cat bring on a different sort of romantic mood? Everybody’s got a Hazlitt story—and if you don’t, click here to get started

Practices & Techniques

Not to brag, but we were green long before green was the thing to be. Back then, we didn’t call them “sustainability practices,” we simply called it smart farming. We’re just glad the rest of the world is catching up to what farmers everywhere have known for generations: Treating our natural resources with respect is good for the land, good for people and good for business.

At Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, we strive to follow the Three E’s of Sustainability: environmental protection and resource conservation, social well-being and equity, and economic prosperity and continuity. The following are a few of the things we do to reduce our impact and enhance our environment.

We compost all of our pomace (the pulpy residue that is left over after the juice is squeezed from the grapes) with a 50% addition of bedded horse manure. We then use the finished compost to fertilize the 50 acres of vineyards in Hector. This compost meets nearly all of the nutrient needs, so very little fertilizer is used.

We use low-growing cover crops in vineyards to reduce mowing. Any mowing that has to be done is combined with some other, more essential operation, such as hoeing, leaf pulling or hedging. This not only reduces fuel consumption and pollution, it reduces the amount of dust produced and helps control mite populations. As a general rule, we restrict driving in the vineyards as much as possible when soil moisture is high.

We use Sudan grass as a cover crop to control nematodes (roundworms) before planting a new vineyard. Sudan grass suppresses weed growth and, when plowed into the soil, it can contribute as much organic matter as an 8-ton application of compost.

We roll out hay in vineyards that have been clean-cultivated through the summer. This helps retain moisture and prevent soil erosion. The hay contains cereal rye with seed, which is allowed to grow, helping suppress weed growth while adding organic material to the soil.

We’ve installed a 1,500-gallon tank to collect rainwater from our warehouse roof. We use this water to fill sprayers and wash the harvester.

We’ve developed a unique sprayer that allows us to apply pesticides to the fruit zone of the plant at the same time that another tank mix is being applied to the entire canopy.

We’re taking part in an experiment to see if parasitic wasps can control grape berry moth damage.


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5712 Route 414
Hector, New York 14841
United States

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