In 2001, Mark Karasz took a brief leave from his assignment for the U.S. Army in Vicenza, Italy, to check out a neglected grape farm on Seneca Lake.
Soon after that, he bought the property and began nursing the vineyards back to health in order to sell the fruit to nearby wineries.
When a grape glut struck in 2002, Karasz, a West Point alum, bought a container-load of tanks from Italy and began making wine.
His operation now produces 2,000 to 4,000 cases of wine, fortified wine and spirits annually.
Options in the tasting room include DeChaunac, an uncommonly dry Niagara and two Port-style wines a white made from Vignoles grapes and a red made from Noiret grapes.
Karasz, a longtime homebrewer, is now toying with the idea of adding beer to his product line.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Accessibility: Fully accessible, including a counter at chair-height.
Tasting fee: $2 for a wine flight, consisting of five or six samples. $3 for a Port and spirits flight, consisting of four samples.
Amenities: Producing wine, fortified wine and spirits.