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.


 
 

Sunrise hill

Continuous air movement on this windswept site and meticulous viticulture prolongs ripening here. This is always our last vineyard harvested.

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tom's BLOCK AT
SAWMILL CREEK

Within a stones throw of the lake and planted on terraced vineyards, this is truly special Pinot Noir year after year.

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maguire

Lost but not forgotten. After several years of deer hunting in this neglected vineyard, we learned the potential of this temperate site first-hand.

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caywood lower

Part of the original series of plantings done by Charles Fournier in 1974-1975.

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standing stone

Ideally situated in the “Banana Belt,” this gently rolling land enjoys sun exposure and ripening.

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upper caywood

A steep shale-filled site that translates great mineralogy and power.

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train track

Old vines, close to the lake. We expect brilliance from this terroir.

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414 seneca

Located just above our Pinot vineyard at Standing Stone, this gently-sloping vineyard is quintessential Finger Lakes.

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leidenfrost

Always smoky, mysterious, and intriguing, the fruit from this early ripening vineyard is full of character and intensity.

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east-west block at
sawmill creek

A low yield planting in a unique exposition, this provides distinctive, savory, classy Riesling.

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crest BLOCK AT
SAWMILL CREEK

A very old and low yield planting on the upper “shoreline” (former glacial rest).

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fred's BLOCK AT
SAWMILL CREEK

Fruit from this vineyard creates one of our most powerful and persistent wines. Exceptional terroir produces stunning complexity and ageability here.

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coming in 2016...
tango oaks

“Banana Belt” planting in partnership with Forge Cellars.

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coming in 2019...
home farm

With its hilltop position, our estate vineyard is privy to a constant wind.

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