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

Hosmer Winery is home to Patrician 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.

Features

  • One of the oldest growers of grapes on Cayuga Lake

Additional Information

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Average Bottle Price

$ 15

Winemaker

Born in Philadelphia, Julia Hoyle found herself in the Finger Lakes by way of Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she studied French and Women's Studies. After her college degree, she spent time abroad both in France (Avignon, teaching English) and in Senegal. In 2009, as a college student, she took a job in the tasting room at Fox Run vineyards on Seneca Lake. After a couple of years working there, her interest in winemaking took her from the tasting room into the cellar. After working at Fox Run, Julia spent a harvest in the cellar at Atwater Winery before taking a full-time position as assistant winemaker at Sheldrake Point Winery in December of 2013. From January to April of 2015 she took a sabbatical to work in South Australia as the night shift white winemaker at Yalumba Winery, Australia's oldest family winery. She then returned to Sheldrake Point where she had been until her transition to Hosmer Winery.

Julia's winemaking style is very consistent with the style of the former winemaker, Aaron. The focus is on the quality of fruit with as little as possible added to the wine, in order to make it reflective of the soil, grape, season, and growing condition. Julia is looking forward to working with the estate grown fruit at Hosmer Winery, when asked to name a couple things she is "stand-out excited about" when it comes to making wine here she answered, "the extremely diverse and expanding Riesling portfolio" and "our estate red vinifera, especially the Hosmer Cabernet Franc"!

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.

Practices & Techniques

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.

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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