A New Blend for Senecca Lake

by The Traveling Winers

What do you get when you combine a successful winery on Senecca Lake’s eastern shore with an equally successful and more seasoned winery on the same lake’s western slopes? A new and exciting blend that will continue to win over your taste buds.

During our wine trails to the Finger Lakes region in 2015, we were fortunate enough to spend time with the owners at both Standing Stone Vineyards and Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyards, learning about their operations and their colorful pasts that had brought them each to where they are today. Their future, however, was just announced on June 6, 2017, and includes the passing of the reigns of Standing Stone to its more senior winery, Hermann J. Wiemer. A match that we think will make the perfect future blend.

Standing Stone Vineyards began in 1991 by founders Tom and Marti Macinski. Over the years, they have poured blood, sweat and tears into the land and have created a very successful winery. While there at our tasting, we fell in love with their Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Cab Franc. Although we did not get the opportunity to meet Tom, we spent a significant amount of time with Marti and learned quickly that she is very passionate about farming and winemaking, as well as working hard and still having a good time in life. And apparently, the time has come to maybe not work so hard and enjoy a bit more of the “good times”.  Marti explains that “When we were thinking about the future of Standing Stone Vineyards, we knew we had to find someone who understands that distinctive wines start in the roots of the vines. Oskar and Fred share our values, our vision and our love and understanding of the land. We knew right away there was no one else we would ever trust our life’s work to”. Hence, the passing of the reigns to Hermann J. Wiemer.

Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyards has been around since 1979 when Hermann came to the Finger Lakes from Germany’s Mosel Valley to focus on producing world-class Riesling and Cabernet Franc. In 2007, Hermann turned the winery over to his long-time apprentice, Fred Merwarth and agronomist Oskar Byunke, the winery’s current owners. The winery has received national acclaim from publications such as Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, and Wines & Spirits and continues to be recognized around the globe as a top U.S. Riesling producer.

The management transition began in June and will continue gradually as the Macinskis remain an active part of Standing Stone over the next few years. Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyards say that on the surface nothing will change and both wineries will continue to produce their own unique estate wines and maintain their own identity. Oskar says, “There is a special legacy here that we will continue to honor and preserve, just like we’ve done at Wiemer”.

Like we said – a new and exciting blend.


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