Another great memory fo my trip with the Road Scholars. Our visit to a popular winery in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. There are quotes between my photos from the Wine Company website..
...."The Pleasant Valley Wine Company, popularly known as the Great Western Winery, located near the village of Hammondsport, New York is the oldest winery in the Finger Lakes region. Established in 1860, the winery proudly displays the designation U.S. Bonded Winery No. 1 and has eight remarkable stone buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places."
" By the 1830’s and 1840’s, European settlers found that the Finger Lakes region provided such favorable growing conditions that grapes had outgrown home production capacities. "
"All winemaking operations were carried out by Jules and Joseph Masson, noted French-born winemakers of the time, in still used wooden and stone structures, with adjacent cellars carved deep into the hillside."
"The good news that Pleasant Valley had sold more champagne in the first six months of 1919 than in any previous year was marred on July 1 by the enactment of Prohibition. The winery was left with an inventory of 70,000 cases of champagne and substantial quantities of still wine. Yet it survived the 14 years of Prohibition on sales for sacramental and medicinal purposes."
"Great Western Winery has the largest plantings of the vinifera varieties Chardonnay and Riesling in the East, pioneered French-American varietals in the 1960’s, was the first New York State winery to produce natural ice wines and is the only New York winery to have won the Governor’s Cup for the “Best Wine in New York” two years in a row. "
"The winery retains the original integrity of an old-world winery with caves carved deep into the valley's hillside; it's an architectural masterpiece nestled in the heart of the spectacular Finger Lakes Region of New York State."
"The winery is the largest producer of bottle-fermented champagnes in the eastern United State and for over a century Great Western Champagnes have been the most-honored American Champagnes in European competition and have enhanced the wine lists of
some of the most prestigious American hotels."
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Great Western/Pleasant Valley Wine Company.
The stone and wood in the structure were beautiful and rustic.
The location was lovely and the wine delicious.
If you are in the are you must go.
If you visit mention my blog:-)