Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard
Open: Year Round
As a native of Bernkastel, Germany who emigrated to the Finger Lakes in the 1960s, Hermann J. Wiemer was uniquely qualified to help establish and create a wine region now known for its Riesling identity. His mother's family had been making wine in Germany's Mosel Valley for more than 300 years. His father, Josef, a skilled nurseryman, had been in charge of the Agricultural Experiment Station in Bernkastel and was responsible for restoring vines in the Mosel region after WWII. As a result, he recognized the importance of grafting vinifera on American rootstock. Ultimately, this conviction led Hermann's father to convince Dr. Thanisch - who maintained the most famous Riesling vineyard in the world - to graft Mosel Rieslings onto American rootstock.
Hermann spent the summers of his youth learning to graft by hand and later complemented the skill and knowledge passed from father to son by attending Germany's premier winemaking and viticultural institutions. However, it wasn't until his experience in the Pfalz at the Viticultural Research institute in Neustadt (Forschungsinstitut fur Reblausbekampfung und Wiederaufbau der LLFA Neustadt) that Hermann was finally able to put his life experiences and education to practice. This practical training and research institute, headed by the influential Dr. Helmut Becker, only accepted three admissions per year... and Hermann was one of them.
One of the best service quality vineyards on finger lakes! Great wine, and such a scenic and modern tasting room.
Had a great tasting here with Thijs, who gave us a thorough tour of the wines. Everything tasted great, especially the sparkling wines.
For true dry FLX whites, there's no better place.
Great atmosphere! Our server was very informative and professional. They are very passionate with their wine and how the overall venue and tasting experience is handled. They have mostly all whites, except for a cab franc. I can't say enough about how good their wine is. Top notch and one of the best on seneca.
Not part of the official wine trail, but a hidden gem. Prices are higher then most, but the wines, especially the Gurvertz is great. Staff was very friendly.