The grape glut that swept through the Finger Lakes region in the 1970s turned out to be a blessing for John and Josephine Ingle, who responded to the market downturn by building Heron Hill Winery on Keuka Lake and keeping their own harvest for winemaking.
Steadily growing the annual output from 5,000 cases to roughly 17,000, the winery now produces 20 different types of wine ranging from single-vineyard Riesling and unoaked Chardonnay to late-harvest Vidal Blanc and Riesling ice wine.
Winemaker Bernard Cannac, a native of Franceís Languedoc region who came aboard in 2009, also has introduced a series of reserve wines that includes Cabernet Franc, Baco Noir and Pinot Blanc.
In 2007, Heron Hill opened the tasting room on Route 14, along the west side of Seneca Lake. It later opened a tasting room on Canandaigua Lake.
Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more at all three of Heron Hill's locations. Leashed dogs are allowed on the grounds of all three locations but not inside.
Tasting fee: $3 for the standard tasting; $5 for the premium tasting or group tastings.
Hours at Heron Hill's Seneca Lake tasting room: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, from May 1 to Nov. 29. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, from Nov. 30 to April 30.
Winemaker Bernard Cannac