Winemaker’s Cellar

Derek and Dave Wine Tasting

What is going on in our wine cellar? Read about the latest news from our winemakers, Derek Wilber and CEO Dave Peterson by clicking on one of the blogs below.

Each vintage is more than a simple weather report. As a perennial crop, grapevines and the wines they yield are a product of more than one growing season. So it was with the 2015 harvest. more »

Hard to believe that we’re already halfway through harvest! The heat of September had pushed some varieties to ripen a bit quicker than initially expected, but overall we’re right on track.  One of our winemakers, more »

This morning our crew pressed 20 tons of Niagara grapes.  Check out this quick video that shows them going into the destemmer and the fresh, sweet juice coming out of the press! Continue to see more »

Harvest Happenings Right on time, our 2015 harvest season kicked off on Wednesday, September 9th with pressing Diamond grapes for a majority of the first week.  Towards the end of the week our crew hand more »

While many people think the wineries just close up for the winter and take it easy, there is a lot going on behind the scenes! From pruning vines (outside!), racking reds, and filtering, there are more »

After a very busy October, we expect to wrap up with the harvest around Halloween.  With the exception of the crop being a bit smaller this year, it has been almost all “treats” with no more »

We are now just over halfway through the 2014 harvest.  Having been blessed with mostly dry and sunny weather for September and thus far in October, conditions for ripening have been excellent.  We just completed more »

Harvest has finally arrived! We started on September 12th, about one week later than average, with Diamond grapes. So far we have had five days of harvesting:  Diamond grapes on September 12, handpicked Pinot Noir more »

Jan 27, 2014 – Many will agree that the Finger Lakes have been blessed the last few winters with relatively mild winters.  Clearly that has not been the case these last two months.  The polar more »

Jan 9, 2014 – ‘Tis the season for ice wine, which is what our wine crew has been focusing on the past few weeks. Here at Swedish Hill Winery we pressed two different grape varieties more »

2013 Harvest Wrap-Up From Derek Wilber, Swedish Hill Winemaker It’s an accurate adage that August and September make the vintage.  This year it was true again with our 2013 crop.  The season started off cool more »

The 2012 year raised the bar for us in the wine cellar with Swedish Hill claiming a total of 61 gold medals at regional, national and international competitions in addition being named “Winery of the more »

2012 Vintage Report August 28, 2012 – The 2012 harvest started very early following an early spring and a warm dry summer. Just when it started to get to the point of getting too dry more »

Since the beginning of the New Year the cellar crew has been concentrating on the transition from fermentation to clarifying and stabilizing the new vintage. The wines have been gently decanted more »