Keuka Spring Winery

Keuka Spring Vineyards

About

Keuka Spring has been consistently recognized for excellence. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff looks forward to guiding you through a tasting of our award-winning wines. Our wine list includes wines for every taste, handcrafted from vineyard to bottle. As the Wiltberger family, we welcome you to our hillside tasting room adjacent to the vineyards. Enjoy our premium wines while taking in the panoramic beauty of Keuka Lake. During your visit relax, have fun, and taste the best New York State has to offer!

Location Description

We are located along the east side of Keuka Lake on Route 54.

Features

  • We have one of the best selections of red and white wines in the Finger Lakes.

Additional Information

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Average Bottle Price

$ $15

Winemaker

August Deimel's

A polymath, raconteur, intellectual-at-large, gourmand, and Steelers fan, August Deimel came to winemaking the usual way: accidentally. Having studied the Great Books at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM he followed the well-trod path of liberal arts majors into re-tail sales, taking a job at a wine shop in Baltimore, MD. His passion for wine quickly took him on a whirlwind tour of the wine industry, selling wine for a distributor in Washington, DC and working a harvest for Goldeneye Winery in Philo, CA. Of course, all of this was done while exploring careers in the theatre and politics as well. But eventually decisions must be made, and in 2010 August concluded that winemaking was his first and greatest passion and it was time to commit to a path. He crossed the Rubicon (or at least, two state borders) to attend Cornell University where he received his Master’s degree, studying Enology in the Depart-ment of Food Science and Technology. After graduate school, he took up the position of wine-maker at Adams County Winery in Orrtanna, PA where he produced some nice wines while achieving immortal infamy for appearing in a series of promotional videos on YouTube (Yes, Virginia, acting classes can pay off!) But his time in the Finger Lakes while at Cornell left an indelible impression. Unable to resist its pull, he returned to the region like a swallow to Ca-pistrano in the spring of 2012. He took up the winemaking duties at Keuka Spring Vineyards where, along with a crack team and the dedicated leadership of the Wiltberger family, he strives to create the benchmark wines for America’s next great wine region.

History

In the early 80's Len and Judy Wiltberger had the opportunity to purchase 30 acres of land overlooking beautiful Keuka Lake.

With their love of wine and winemaking experience, they planted several wine grape varieties at the site with help from their children and Len's sisters. They opened a tasting room in the mid-80's, adjacent to the vineyards, as an outlet for their premium wines. Keuka Spring's first vintage was in 1985. Throughout the 80's and 90's the Wiltberger family produced and sold wine primarily out of this tasting room.

In 2003, the Wiltbergers designed and constructed a new tasting room on the opposite side of the vineyard overlooking the lake, which opened in 2004.

The vines that they planted in 1981 continue to bear delicious, mature fruit. They have added additional plantings of Lemberger and Cabernet Franc to the original Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc, Riesling, and Vignoles vines.

Throughout the years, all of the Wiltberger children have contributed to the development of the business and are still involved today. The family runs the day to day operation of the winery, and usually either Judy, Len, or Jeanne is around. Please feel free to say hello to them when you visit.

The Team

Meg Tipton is the assistant winemaker. She is a recent graduate of FLCC's viticulture and oenology program, and has a professional marketing background. She has a deep enthusiasm and passion for wine.

Favorite Wines: "Our Single Vineyard Series Riesling and Dry Rose.
Either of these pair really well with roasted halibut."

Dave Simon
As a retired clergyman, Dave enjoys pouring wine or all types of visitors. He has been with Keuka Spring
since 2001 and resides overlooking Seneca Lake.

Favorite Wine: "Keuka Spring Cabernet Sauvignon! I also love Filet Mignon with Miller's Cove Red. Of course I can't leave out my famous white clam sauce linguini made with Crooked Lake White."

Dave Jones
Dave was always a fan of Keuka Spring wines, and that is what brought him to work here in 1998, just one year after retiring as a school administrator.

Favorite Wine: "Keuka Spring Gewurztraminer. I love grilled chicken with these two wines. My wife makes parmesan cheese-encrusted chicken filets which are perfect with Gewurztraminer.

Ed Wager
"11:00 Ed" moved to the Penn Yan area in 1991 after retiring from financial planning at Kodak. He loves the scenery and "fruit juices" of the area. Ed is starting his 7th year at Keuka Spring.

Favorite Wine: "I like all the KSV reds, but Cabernet Sauvignon is my favorite, and Crooked Lake Red
always goes well with my pasta meals."

Amy VanDyke
Amy was born and raised in Penn Yan. She loves meeting visitors in the tasting room from all over the world.

Favorite Wine: "Gewurztraminer. I enjoy it hroughout the year and with all sorts of dishes."

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Keuka Spring's vineyards are in an excellent location for growing and ripening winegrapes. Sloping towards Keuka Lake on the East side of the east branch, with nutrient-rich Honeoye silt loam soil, the vines receive plenty of afternoon sun, an extended ripening season, and are protected from early frosts in the fall and late frosts in the spring by the slope of the hill and its proximity to Keuka Lake.

Awards

Since its inception over the years, Keuka Spring has received numerous awards for quality, consistent with the Wiltberger's commitment to producing world-class wines. In 1998, Keuka Spring Cabernet Franc earned the prestigious Governor's Cup, signifying the best single wine in New York State for that year. Other accolades include numerous "Best in Class" awards for various wines, double gold and gold medals, and several Rieslings as Governor's Cup finalists. Nearly every Keuka Spring wine entered in competition has won at least one medal per vintage.

Reviews

1 Review
Johnny  Ellsworth Johnny Ellsworth
Penn Yan, New York
Fun time!

Great people, great weekend great wine.

February 2015

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Hours

Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Address

243 Route 54, East Lake Rd.
Penn Yan, New York 14527
United States

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