Dedicated to excellence in winemaking in the Finger Lakes region since
1977. Journey through the rolling hills and discover our full portfolio of
wines. Heron Hill is among the leaders in recognizing Riesling as the
region's flagship varietal. Heron Hill Winery was chosen as one of the
ten most spectacular tasting rooms in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine!
Heron Hill has won many awards for its distinctive, elegant wines and continues to be at the forefront of Finger Lakes winemaking.
We are a relatively small winery, making wines to exacting standards. All of our wines are estate bottled, meaning they are made from grapes grown entirely
in our own vineyards.
Our aim is that each wine we release will be among the very best of its type, made anywhere in the world.
Founded in 1978, the winery has some of the most mature vineyards in the region, or - - given the extensive replanting of California vineyards to avoid further damage from the phylloxera louse - - in the country. We have nearly 70 acres planted with these vinifera grape varieties: chardonnay, gewürztraminer, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec, petit verdot, pinot gris and pinot noir.
At Lenz, our philosophy in the vineyard is high-touch. We are interventionists and we intervene, at great cost in time and effort, to micro-manage each vine to ripeness each year. Leaf removal, shoot thinning, cluster thinning, crop reduction, triple catch wires, super-attentive pest and fungus control (our "open canopy" approach keeps fungus problems to a minimum), all combine to add cost (unfortunately) but to ensure fully ripe grapes of the highest quality.
The McCalls have been growing and selling Pinot Noir and Merlot on
Long Island's North Fork since the mid 1990s in the hamlet of
Cutchogue, where we have our family home. We planted knowing
we were not going to sell our grapes until the time was right to make a very special wine. We weren't interested in putting our name on a bottle unless it was great. 2007 was the vintage we found to be our jumping off point. While many wineries may produce and sell as many wines as possible, we decided to go a simpler route.
Find one or two things you are good at and do them well. What has resulted is McCall Wines. We mainly grow two varieties; Pinot Noir and Merlot. Following a french influenced model we make high quality, low yield wines.