Michelle and Ben Hartman sowed the seeds for their winemaking dreams in 2007, when they relocated from New Jersey to a Keuka Lake property with century-old Concord grapevines.
Those established vines inspired the winery’s name: Deep Root Vineyard.
To build buzz for the fledgling operation, the couple sampled and sold their products at area farmers markets. In the summer of 2012, they repurposed their 1950s barn into an open-air tasting room.
The Hartmans plan to grow annual production slowly, aiming for 1,000 cases by 2015.
Wines already in the lineup include Traminette, Marechal Foch and a rosé made from Concord and Vignoles.
Field trials with Riesling vines are now under way at the property.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Monday from April to November. Open by appointment from December to March. Reservations required for groups of eight or more and all limos. No buses.
Accessibility: Fully accessible covered outdoor tasting room on a mulch surface.
Tasting fee: $3 for four or five samples and the wineglass.
Attractions: Barnyard animals.
Deep Root Vineyard in Hammondsport, Steuben County, operates a covered outdoor tasting room.