News and Notes
Tasting Room Closing for the WinterThe Tasting Room closes regular hours on Saturday, November 18th and will reopen in May for the 2018 season.
Appointments can be made to pick up your favorite wine by calling 607-229-0412.
The 2017 harvest ended at Frontenac Point Vineyard on Saturday, October 28 with the hand-picking of two tons of Riesling and Vidal grapes. The growing season produced exceptional levels of natural sugar and tannin in the grapes. However, deer and birds "harvested" some unripe grapes in September, so we lost about three tons of our early varieties including Marélchal Foch, Chelois, Frontenac, and Frontenac Gris. When you have only 17 acres of vines and make wine from only estate-grown grapes, losing a few tons isn't ideal. Fortunately, the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chambourcin, and Seyval Blanc survived nicely.
Our Vertical White Flight and Red Flight are popular because you can do side-by-side comparisons. The Vertical White Flight shows the effects of the weather during each growing year, and the Red Flight shows how blended grapes compare with the varietals.
The wines on the Vertical White Flight are the 2009, 2012, and 2013 Chardonnays -- all dry (0% residual sugar). The wines on the Red Flight are also all dry: 2013 Proprietor's Reserve, 2013 Reserve Maréchal Foch, 2013 Pinot Noir, and 2010 Chambourcin.
Seneca White Deer
After more than 70 years of isolation, a portion of the former Seneca Army Depot will be open for visitors to see the world's largest herd of white, white-tailed deer, learn their fascinating story, and see the intriguing remains of the U.S. Army's former weapons storage facility.
The 90-minute, guided bus tours will feature food plots established to restore deer herd size and stop at one of the earth-covered storage igloos that once stockpiled weapons of all sizes and descriptions. The first white deer, a buck and a fawn, were spotted in the Depot in 1949. After the first white deer sighting, protection provided by the U.S. Army resulted in more white deer, and the proportion of white deer gradually increased. About one quarter of the deer population now is white. The white deer on the former Depot are recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest herd of white, white-tailed deer.
Reservations for tours can be made online at the Seneca White Deer, Inc. website: senecawhitedeer.org. Several dates in 2017 are sold out, so make your reservation early. This is another special reason to visit the Finger Lakes - wineries and White Deer!
"We've been working for years to make this happen, and now we have a year-round program of tours that will interest nature lovers, military history buffs, and people who just want to know what's behind those fences," said President of Seneca White Deer, Dennis Money.
Meet Boots and Jazz!
After losing our amazing Boxers Coco and Rocky, we thought there must be another pair of bonded, mature, large-breed dogs somewhere out there who needed a home. We found Boots, a six-year old 80-pound Pit Bull, and Jazz, an eight-year old 60-pound Lab/Terrier mix, at Paws of Valor Animal Rescue in Tennessee. They came to us at the end of June and have adapted to being vineyard companions after a life in backyards.
Their original owner, who surrendered them due to health issues, gave them so much love and trained them to be trusting and perfectly behaved with adults and children. Consequently, Boots and Jazz have quickly adapted to everyone and everything here. We are so grateful to have them with us now, and we stay connected with their original owner with updates about their new life on the farm.
Frontenac Point BreadThis vineyard bread is served in our tasting room, and it's so delicious, our visitors often ask for the recipe. Try this at home and pair it with just about anything!
About Frontenac Point
We are on the west side of Cayuga Lake and all of the grapes used to make our wines are grown here, on slopes of low elevation, protected by a unique microclimate that is the result of the influence of Lake Ontario and the deep waters of Cayuga Lake. This provides a long growing season during which the finest grape varieties ripen perfectly to produce world-class wines.
The combination of estate-grown grapes, Cazenovia and Aurora silt loam soils, climate, and Frontenac Point's winemaking techniques produces wines that are truly appellation Cayuga Lake.
We specialize in dry red wine including Pinot Noir and Chambourcin. Our white wines include Riesling, Chardonnay, Vignoles, Seyval Blanc, and Méthode Champenoise. Our rosé wines are made from "free-run" juice or "whole cluster press" of the red grape Chambourcin.
Group Visits to Frontenac Point
A group of up to 8 people is welcome in the tasting room anytime on the days we are open. Standard tasting fees apply. For a group of 9 to 20 people, call or e-mail to make a reservation before noon on the days we are open. For groups of more than 8 people, there is a $8 fee to taste 5 of the wines on the regular tasting list, and you keep the unicorn signature Frontenac Point Vineyard tasting glass.
Due to the size of the tasting room, we cannot accommodate larger groups, tours, or buses. Private tastings may be arranged depending on the season and availability of the owners. Please call 607-229-0412 or e-mail to inquire.
Private TastingsPrivate tastings are available on Thursdays at 11am and 2pm, from June 15th to August 31st. Have your own relaxed tasting and tour of the vineyard and winery with the owner. Private tastings are limited to one group at a time of between 4 and 12 people. Cost: $8 per person. Call 607-229-0412 or email us at least 48 hours in advance to make a reservation.
Gift CertificatesCustomized gift certificates for Frontenac Point wine are available in any amount.
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