Pete and Tacie Saltonstall, co-owners of King Ferry Winery in King Ferry, Cayuga County, aren’t bashful about their passion for Chardonnay. Lindsay Stevens, the couple’s winemaker, turns out three versions of the wine, including an oaked option that the Saltonstalls tote home every night to enjoy as their “house pour.”
Yet hot on the heels of Chardonnay is Riesling, now the dominant grape varietal in King Ferry’s 29 acres of vineyards. Stevens also shows off its flexibility, producing examples that range from bone-dry to late-harvest.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday in February, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in March and April. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday from May through December. Extended hours on Fridays in July and August.
Tasting fee: $3 for six samples. $1 from the standard fee is donated to the Food Bank of Central New York. $1 to taste each late-harvest wine.
Accessibility: Fully accessible.
Amenities: Free music on Friday evenings in July and August. Rotating art exhibits, including an annual one featuring works by King Ferry co-owner Tacie Saltonstall.
Label information: The winery’s products bear the Treleaven label.
Photo courtesy of King Ferry Winery
Winemaker Lindsay Stevens.