In 1981, Art and Joyce Hunt opened a shoebox-sized winery on Branchport, Yates County, land that the Hunt family has owned for six generations. The venture soon took off and set the stage for producing red, white,
blush, sparkling and dessert wines from 13 varieties of estate-grown grapes.
The man behind what fills the glass is Jonathan Hunt, Art and Joyce’s son and a Cornell University alum. The winemaker challenges himself in unexpected ways by including semi-sweet Valvin Muscat, dry Pinot Gris and cream sherry in the lineup.
The Hunt family also has taken on the challenge of sustainability: The winery composts the vineyards with grape pomace and manure, generates some of its power from wind and sells organic produce grown on the premises by Caroline Boutard-Hunt, Jonathan’s wife.
Tasting room hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5
p.m. Sunday. Open until 6 p.m. daily from June through October.
Wheelchair accessibility: Fully accessible.
Tasting fee: $2 for five samples. The fee is refunded if a purchase is made ($1 per bottle). $1 extra to taste ice wine, nonrefundable. $4 per person for groups of 10 or more, $2 coupon included. $7 per person for group wine-and-cheese tasting. Reservations required for groups 10 or more.
Amenities: Thirty-minute tour offered daily, year-round for $3 per person, $1.50 for kids 12 and under. Weekend tours leave every hour on the hour, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday; final tour starts one hour before closing. Weekday tours given upon request. On-site market stand stocked Friday through Sunday in summer and fall with organic produce grown at the winery.
Dietary information: Red and white vegan wines produced.
Charity causes: Various products and events support animal causes.
Provided by Hunt Country Vineyards
From left, Caroline Boutard-Hunt and Jonathan, Joyce and Art Hunt.