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Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard

Since our founding in 1979, Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard has been a pioneer of viticulture and winemaking in the Finger Lakes. Hermann came to the region determined to produce fine wines that would garner national attention. Today, our estate spans 80-acres of prime vineyard sites on the western slopes of Seneca Lake and our wines are among the most acclaimed in the region.

Estate fruit is hand-harvested and hand-sorted. Vineyard qualities are isolated, worked in small lots, and blended for balance and texture. Efforts in the past decade have centered on building biodiversity in our sites. We have eliminated synthetic inputs, like herbicides or insecticides, instead focusing on ecological solutions like beneficial flora and fauna. Fermentations now rely on indigenous yeasts, adding to our efforts to ensure each wine embodies the truest expression of its site.

More than ever, our commitment to place draws on the same forward-thinking techniques and respect for the past that have fueled our mission since Hermann’s first block of Riesling was planted forty years ago.

Graft of Red Vines

“Our signature fermentations on indigenous yeasts are made possible by our  ecological viticulture methods. We seek lower and balanced yields per vine, ensuring healthy vines that reflect the character of the soils in which they are deeply rooted.”

— Fred Merwarth