Our focus is on the east side of Seneca Lake, the deepest (620ft) of the eleven Finger Lakes. We look for premier sites with considerable slope and an abundance of different clones and soils.
In a cool climate, every day of hang time matters to gain the full expression of the vineyard, which is why we manage the yields and canopies very closely. Timely leaf pulling in the fruiting zone and controlled yields are critical actions we use to achieve healthy, ripe fruit with a prolonged hang time. We harvest for ultimate ripeness and balance, so that each site is brought in at ideal quality. Hand harvesting and re-sorting at the winery ensures only the choicest, healthiest fruit makes the cut.
The Forge team works closely with each of our growers to get to know their properties and vines, and we pride ourselves on these long-term relationships. We stay involved throughout the season to manage the fruit to its highest standards.
Continuous air movement on this windswept site and meticulous viticulture prolongs ripening here. This is always our last vineyard harvested.
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Within a stones throw of the lake and planted on terraced vineyards, this is truly special Pinot Noir year after year.
Part of the original series of plantings done by Charles Fournier in 1974-1975.
Ideally situated in the “Banana Belt,” this gently rolling land enjoys sun exposure and ripening.
Located just above our Pinot vineyard at Standing Stone, this gently-sloping vineyard is quintessential Finger Lakes.
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A low yield planting in a unique exposition, this provides distinctive, savory, classy Riesling.
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A very old and low yield planting on the upper “shoreline” (former glacial rest).