Launched in 2003 as a retirement project for George and Joan Kuyon, Deer Run Winery relies on five acres of estate-grown grapes and fruit purchased from local growers to make red, white, blush and dessert wines.
Riesling remains a staple at the winery, as does Valvin Muscat, a white wine made from a hybrid grape of the same name that took root in the Kuyons’ vineyard even before Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station officially released it in 2006.
Uncommon reds at the lone winery on Conesus Lake range from Max Black, a mostly Vincent blend named after the owners’ late Scottish terrier, to Corot Noir, another grape developed by the ag station.
Caring for the winery’s vines is the Kuyons’ son Scott, who crisscrosses the globe to climb mountains in his spare time.
Tasting room hours: 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, from Jan. 2 through April 30. Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday to Monday, from May 1 until the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend. Noon to 6 p.m. daily from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend to Dec. 31. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more.
Accessibility: Fully accessible.
Tasting fee: None for five samples.
Amenities: Party room available for rent. Leashed dogs allowed in the tasting room.