Cheers to 35 Years!!

For all of us at Swedish Hill, the 35 year landmark has kind of snuck up on us!  In May 1985, Dick and Cindy Peterson enthusiastically welcomed visitors for the first time to their tiny tasting room in what is now a prep kitchen for events.  With the support of many loyal customers and the hard work of Dick and Cindy, the winery grew over the years, and buildings, vineyards, winemaking equipment and employees were added.  The winery today is owned and operated by Dave Peterson, son of Dick and Cindy, and his wife Jean, and daughter Amanda.  With the ongoing limitations on events and gatherings, a large celebration isn’t something we  feel that we can safely do at this, time but we want to personally thank all of our past and current customers for the tremendous support and all the kind words and positive feedback over the years.  Words cannot express how gratifying the experiences have been for us over the years.  Thank you!

Swedish Hill Collects Multiple Medals

SWEDISH HILL COLLECTS MULTIPLE GOLD MEDAL

Swedish Hill was recently awarded medals from The Pacific Rim International, Finger Lakes International and Great American Wine Competitions.

The Pacific Rim International Wine Competition was founded in 1985 by a group of winemakers, vintners and educators passionate about making great wines accessible to the public. The Pacific Rim Competition is held at the historic National Orange Show Fairgrounds in San Bernardino, California for two days in every April. Swedish Hill received gold medals for their 2017 Dry Riesling, 2017 Blue Waters Riesling and 2016 Maréchal Foch; their 2017 Chardonnay Riesling and 2017 Riesling  were awarded silver medals.

The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition is a world class competition for a world class cause. The competition benefits Camp Good Days and Special Times, a camp dedicated to bring smiles and memories to children with cancer since 2000! This year, Swedish Hill received a gold medal for their 2016 Cabernet Franc, and silver medals for their 2016 Maréchal Foch, Riesling Cuvée and Naturel.

The Great American Wine Competition provides world-class assessment and added exposure to wines with their most influential panel of judges including Masters of Wine to wine industry writers and consultants. They have also recently created The Raise A Glass Foundation (RAGF) was created to support charities around the world. Swedish Hill was awarded gold medals for their 2017 Blue Water Riesling and 2017 Dry Rieslings.  They were also awarded silver medals for Blanc de Blanc, 2017 Blue Waters Chardonnay Riesling and 2016 Cabernet Franc Lemberger.

“Our reputation for exceptional Finger Lakes Rieslings is well known, but many people may not know how good the reds have become” remarked Swedish Hill Co-Owner David Peterson.  “Our new release 2016 dry reds, the 2016 Cabernet Franc as well as the 2016 Marèchal Foch, both won golds in major international competitions, so anyone who hasn’t tried a FLX dry red recently is likely to be pleasantly surprised when they do.”

Swedish Hill Winery is owned by the Peterson Family. Swedish Hill is located on Route 414 in Romulus, NY about 10 minutes South of Seneca Falls. For more information about Swedish Hill wines, awards, and tasting room visit www.SwedishHill.com or call 607.403.0029

SWEDISH HILL WINS “BEST RIESLING” AND MUCH MORE AT CALIFORNIA’S SOMMELIER CHALLENGE COMPETITION

The Sommelier Challenge is an annual competition held in San Diego that is judged entirely by panels of sommeliers, which represent some of the most esteemed restaurants in the country.  While the panel of judges are from throughout the United States, most are from some of the top restaurants in California.

 

Swedish Hill brought home the “Best Riesling” title, Gold, Platinum and Silver Medals. “Best Riesling” was awarded for their 2016 Blue Waters Riesling, which also received a 94 point rating and Gold for their Naturel with a 90 point rating. Platinum was awarded for their 2016 Blue Water Riesling and the 2017 Dry Riesling received a Silver Medal. Riesling and sparkling wines are well established as world class in the Finger Lakes, and we are thrilled to receive these great accolades from such a prestigious panel of judges, commented Swedish Hill Co-Owner David Peterson.

 

Swedish Hill Winery is owned by the Peterson Family. Swedish Hill is located on Route 414 in Romulus, NY about 10 minutes South of Seneca Falls. For more information about Swedish Hill wines, awards, and tasting room visit www.SwedishHill.com or call 607.403.0029

PRESS RELEASE: Swedish Hill winemakers named Winemakers of the Year

Derek Wilber and Zach Pegram, winemakers for Swedish Hill and its sister wineries, Goose Watch and Penguin Bay, were recently honored with the Andre Tchelistcheff Winemakers of the Year award at the 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition.

Swedish Hill, Goose Watch and Penguin Bay received a number of top awards, leading to their winemakers receiving the top honor of all wineries that entered, from more than 30 countries from around the world. Among the wines receiving high honors were the 2016 Goose Watch Cabernet Franc Rosé which received 96 points and the “Best Rosé” in the competition (in what is one of the hottest categories in the United States today), Goose Watch 2016 Diamond which received 97 points and the honor for the “Best Wine Made From Native American Grapes,” Goose Watch 2013 Lemberger which received a Gold Medal and was the only Finger Lakes dry red wine receiving a Gold, Penguin Bay 2016 Pinot Grigio which was awarded a Double Gold Medal, the top award for any Finger Lakes Pinot Grigio, and Swedish Hill 2016 Blue Waters Dry Riesling, which received a Double Gold Medal, the only one awarded to a Finger Lakes Riesling.

“We are thrilled to receive the 2017 Andre Tchelistcheff Award at the San Francisco International Wine  Competition” remarked Winemakers Derek Wilber and Zach Pegram..  “It is a tribute to our entire team of cellar staff, vineyard staff and growers.  This award reflects our winery’s overarching goal to produce distinctive wines across our entire portfolio and the efforts of the Finger Lakes’ winemaking community to enhance the reputation of our region.”

David Peterson, President and Co-Owner of Swedish Hill, Goose Watch and Penguin Bay indicated that “this is a huge tribute to the commitment of our team to produce outstanding wines of many types, and is yet another testament to the quality of the wines that we produce as well as what is being accomplished by wineries in the Finger Lakes region.”

The largest and most influential international wine competition in America, the San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC) has been setting the standard for professional wine judging since its debut in 1980. Now in its 37th year, the SFIWC maintains the highest level of integrity with a blind-tasting system performed by a highly experienced panel of internationally acclaimed wine experts.

Swedish Hill Winery produces all of its wines at the Romulus, NY facility that was founded and remains in operation today by the Peterson family. The Romulus location features a tasting room and gift shop that is open year round for visitors to experience their wines. Customers can also taste Swedish Hill wines at two satellite tasting rooms located in Saratoga Springs and Lake Placid, NY.

PRESS RELEASE: Swedish Hill Rieslings shine in California and Florida!

Swedish Hill Winery, located on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, is thrilled to start off the 2017 competition year with five gold medals from two recent events, the International Eastern and the Florida State Fair International Wine Competition.

Established in 1975, the International Eastern is one of the oldest and longest-running wine competitions in the nation. For the past few years this event was combined with the West Coast Wine Competition creating the International “East Meets West” Wine Challenge. Swedish Hill claimed gold medals for both their 2015 Dry Riesling and 2015 Riesling.

The Florida State Fair International Wine Competition announced that amongst the winning wines Swedish Hill was honored with one double gold medal, and two gold. The 2015 Blue Waters Pinot Grigio was awarded the double gold medal with the 2015 Riesling and Blanc de Blanc being the gold medalists.

The 2015 Riesling has now won 4 gold medals overall, while the 2015 Dry Riesling has won 3. The 2015 Blue Waters Pinot Grigio has won 5 gold medals, and the Blanc de Blanc has won 3 gold medals.

Swedish Hill Winery produces all of its wines at the Romulus, NY facility that was founded and remains in operation today by the Peterson family. The Romulus location features a tasting room and gift shop that is open year round for visitors to experience their wines. Customers can also taste Swedish Hill wines at two satellite tasting rooms located in Saratoga Springs and Lake Placid, NY.  For more information about Swedish Hill’s wines, awards, and tasting rooms visit www.SwedishHill.com.

Now shipping to Pennsylvania!

We are officially able to ship wine to the state of Pennsylvania! Order your Finger Lakes wine today!

Two Competitions, Five New Gold Medals!

Swedish Hill is excited about the recent winnings from two wine competitions, the Critics Challenge International and the Finger Lakes International. Between the two events they added one double gold, four gold, 13 silver and five bronze medals to their accolades.

swedish-blue-water-awardsThe Critics Challenge International took place in San Diego, CA March 19th and 20th. There Swedish Hill was honored with three gold medals for the 2014 Riesling (rated 92 points) 2015 Blue Waters Riesling (91 points) and the 2014 Late Harvest Vignoles.  Swedish Hill was also awarded five silver medals.

Closer to home in Rochester, NY, the Finger Lakes International wine competition recognized Swedish Hill with one double gold medal for the 2014 Blue Waters Riesling and a gold for their sparkling Riesling Cuvée. Swedish Hill also brought home eight silver and five bronze medals from this event.

The Finger Lakes International is the worlds largest charitable wine competition that benefits the local Camp Good Days and Special Times.  This was the 16th year for the event which judged 3824 wines from 916 wineries from 26 different countries.

For a complete list of Swedish Hill awards, click here.

Now shipping to Massachusetts!

We are officially able to ship wine to the state of Massachusetts! Order your Finger Lakes wine today!

Experience Finger Lakes Dry Rosé Wines!

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NEW! 2014 Blue Waters Dry Rosé

Awarded “Best of Class” & a gold medal at the 2015 Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Within the past few years the Finger Lakes region has received a lot of excitement over the Dry Rosé wines that are being produced in the region, and for good reason! Some of the grapes typically used to produce a Dry Rosé, such as Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir or Lemberger, fair well with our cold climates. And while many West coasters argue that the East coast cannot produce a quality dry red (we can by the way), the Dry Rosé wines allow us to showcase the flavors of these premium grapes in a different way.  Again, same grapes, just a different technique!

Dry red wines get their deep colors from the winemakers allowing the grapes to sit in their skins after they have been picked for around 10 days.  With a rosé, the skin contact is limited so that the juice takes some but not all of the color from the deep purple grapes. What happens from there is all in the winemaker’s hands when crafting their winery’s own Dry Rosé.  The possibilities are endless as the winemaker’s can choose from a variety of grapes, blends, residual sugar levels and so on.  Another feature that makes Finger Lakes Dry Rosé wines so exciting!

So what makes our Blue Waters Dry Rosé different? Ours is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and just a touch of Riesling to add some fruit character to it! With a residual sugar at 0.6% it is true to its nature as a dry wine that can be served chilled and accompany a variety of dishes as these wines are characterized as very food-friendly! One dish that our Dry Rosé pairs perfectly with is a cooked ham, so be sure to get a bottle or two to impress your family with at Easter dinner!

Click HERE to try our Blue Waters Dry Rosé!

Blending the 2015 Blue Waters Dry Rosé

Last week our owner, Dave Peterson (left), and winemakers, Derek (front right) and Zach (back right), tasted five different blends for our 2015 Blue Waters Dry Rosé.  These are blind blend trials where the concoction is not revealed until after they are agreed on the perfect blend for the new vintage.

So which blend won? It looks like our 2015 Blue Waters Dry Rosé will be a blend of mostly Cabernet Franc with a touch of Chambourcin, Pinot Grigio and even Cayuga White! This new vintage will be bottled in mid-March and on the shelves by summer!

For more information about Finger Lakes Dry Rosé wines, visit DiscoverDryRose.com

Swedish Hill Named “Winery of the Year” at Winemaker Challenge International

To win gold medals at a competition judged by fellow winemakers is an honor, but to be recognized as “Winery of the Year” for the Eastern United States sets a precedent not only as a quality winery, but as a premium example of a noteworthy wine region.  Swedish Hill Winery is thrilled to announce this accolade along with seven medals from the Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition.

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Held in San Diego, California, this competition had a record breaking year with 939 entries from 10 countries. For the first time in its six years the judges, 19 winemakers, also awarded points to all of the medal winning wines.

 

The gold medalists for Swedish Hill include the 2013 Blue Waters Gewürztraminer  (90 points), the 2012 Cabernet Franc Lemberger (90 points) not yet released, and as noted by the competition’s director, Robert Whitley, the ” impressive non-vintage sparkling Blanc de Blanc” (92 points). The four wines awarded with silver medals were sparkling Naturel (87 points), 2013 Riesling (88 points), 2012 Cabernet Franc (88 points) not yet released, and the 2013 Vidal Blanc (89 points).

 

This is the fourth year in a row that Swedish Hill has been named “Winery of the Year” from esteemed wine competitions. In 2012 Swedish Hill was honored at the Riverside International in California, then in both 2013 and 2014 it was acknowledged at the New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competitions. These titles serve as an attestation that Swedish Hill consistently produces exceptional wines, year after year.

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To see a complete list of Swedish Hill’s accolades, click here.

NEW Fresh Look for our Svenska Series!

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Swedish Hill Winery is excited to release a new look for their Svenska series of semi-sweet wines. The new labels will continue to showcase a decorative horse to maintain the Swedish connection to this series, but in a new fresh design that will compliment the juicy flavors of the wines.

The series named Svenska, which is the Swedish word for “Swedish”, has a history with the winery in that the Svenska White and Svenska Blush were two of the original five wines when Swedish Hill opened in 1986. A couple of years later the Peterson family introduced the third, Svenska Red, to the series. Through the decades the label has always showcased the Peterson’s Swedish heritage with depicting the traditional Swedish Dala Horse. Although the label as gone through some changes in the past few decades, the semi-sweet grapey flavors of the wines continue to resonate with consumers across the nation.

Dave Peterson, second generation owner of Swedish Hill, exclaimed his excitement for the new look commenting that, “although we produce wines of many different styles, the Svenskas have been the most notorious mini-series for us throughout the years. We think that is because there is nothing pretentious or intimidating about the wines and that they simply have the ideal sweetness level that makes them fun for any occassion. These new brighter labels captivate the essence of the wines and are a continuence of my family’s heritage in more of a modern fashion.”

Each of the Svenska wines are semi-sweet and boast juicy grape flavors and aromas that are reminiscent of being in the vineyards during harvest. All three wines are produced in a 750ML bottle and a 1.5L bottle. Consumers can continue to enjoy these luscious flavors in their new look at each of the three Swedish Hill tasting rooms, online, and in restaurants and retails stores across New York State.

*These labels have not yet been released online or in all of our tasting rooms but may be available in select retail stores. To locate a restaurant or store near you that sells Swedish Hill products, click here.

They’ll Thank You Throughout the Year with a Wine Club Membership!

If you contact us after your purchase, we’ll email you the membership certificate for you to present on Christmas Day! Choose from eight different wine clubs!

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Winery Tour!

It’s harvest and the best time experience one of our complimentary winery tours! Gain a new appreciation for Finger Lakes wine and perhaps you’ll see our winemaking crew in action! Click here to see our tour times….

We’re Pouring Wine… Perhaps Near You!

Our staff is always out at local stores and restaurants offering complimentary tastings of our wines! Come see us this week at the Pelican’s Net, Marketview Liquor, Premier Wine & Spirits, and more!

Join us for Fall Fever Days September 6th & 7th!

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Come celebrate Harvest with us and enjoy a weekend of wine discounts including our special Winemaker’s Dozen where you can get a FREE bottle of select wine!

 

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Swedish Hill Wines Featured at Simply Crêpes Through September!

Be sure to stop into either of the Simply Crêpes locations, Canandaigua and Pittsford, during the month of September where Swedish Hill Wines will be featured!

Experience 3 New Blue Waters Wines Today!

Experience our Winemaker’s latest creations with three new releases to our Blue Waters series: 2013 Pinot Grigio, 2013 Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc! Now available online and in our Finger Lakes Tasting Room!

NEW!!! 2013 Blue Waters Pinot Grigio2013 Blue Waters Pinot Grigio

Already a gold medalist! This fresh clean, light and crisp, dry white wine offers citrusy flavors and a refreshing finish.

 

 

NEW! 2013 Blue Waters Pinot Noir2013 Blue Waters Pinot Noir

Our first Pinot Noir! This wine is fruit driven with bright cherry aromas and flavors and a velvety smooth finish.

 

 

NEW! Blue Waters Cabernet FrancBlue Waters Cabernet Franc

This lightly oaked Cabernet Franc is bursting with raspberry fruit aromas and a
lingering dry, but smooth finish.

 

 

Come Taste Our Limited Release Wines This Weekend!

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Come experience & SAVE on our winemaker’s latest creations at our Finger Lakes Tasting Room! These three new wines will be on sale this weekend only online and in our tasting room!

NEW Vintage Release: 2012 Maréchal Foch

If you enjoy the lighter styled dry red wine, then you must try the new 2012 release of it which was an outstanding growing year in the Finger Lakes!

ALL Jack Ass Wines On Sale for Jack Ass Day!

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Join for this weekend’s Jack Ass Day, Saturday, August 9th from noon to 5pm, to celebrate Doobie’s Birthday!!!

Click here to find out more about all of the festivities taking place at our 2014 Jack Ass Day!

Jack Ass Day is THIS Saturday, August 9th!!!

Kick your heels up for our biggest bask of the year, Jack Ass Day! Come celebrate Doobie’s Birthday this Saturday, August 9th from noon to 5pm with live music, craft vendors, games, wine sushies, bbq food, our 3rd Annual Cornhold Tournament and more!

Swedish Hill Honored with “Best Winery” Second Consecutive Year at the NYS Fair Commercial Wine Competition

Top WinerySwedish Hill Winery is proud to announce that for the second year in a row it was awarded “Best Winery” at the New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition including five double gold medals for a variety of wines.

2012 Dry Riesling MedalsResults for the New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition were announced last Friday along with a congratulatory announcement by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to the winning wineries. This competition is open only to New York State Wineries with the mission of showcasing the quality and variety of wines produced in the state to over 1,000,000 fairgoers.

This is the second consecutive year that Swedish Hill claimed the honor of “Best Winery” at this event for winning a total of 19 medals including five double gold medals for their sparkling Riesling Cuvée, 2012 Dry Riesling, 2013 Blue Waters Riesling, 2013 Cayuga White and 2011 Cabernet Franc. These new accolades bring the total 2014 gold medal count to 41 thus far for Swedish Hill, upholding its reputation as one of the most award-winning wineries in New York State.

“To win this award for the second straight year is very exciting for us,” commented Dave Peterson, Owner of Swedish Hill Winery, on the recent honor. “We pride ourselves in making world class wines of varying types and styles with each vintage. Winning this award is a reflection of the consistency of our wines as many, such as the Dry Riesling, are winning top honors year after year at competitions across the country. What is more thrilling is being honored with top awards for our reds, whites and sparkling wines, showcasing the ability of not just us but the region as a producer of quality wines of different varieties. These honors are truly gratifying.”

Swedish Hill Winery will have some of these gold medalists, along with some of their other popular varietals, available for tasting at their Wine Village booth at this year’s fair taking place August 21st through September 1st.

For more information on awards, click here.

For information on Swedish Hill Tasting Rooms & Locations, click here.

For any other inquiries feel free to email info@swedishhill.com or call (607) 403-0029.

Take a Complimentary Winery Tour Today!

Starting Memorial Day, we offer complimentary winery tours daily! This is the ideal experience for visitors of all ages to gain an appreciation for the wine industry and get an understanding of the winemaking process!

Finger Lakes Wine Month Sales!

From some of our top gold medalists to your favorite “Classic” wines, you’re sure to love the featured sales for Finger Lakes Wine Month! …more

NEW Wines Coming to Blue Waters Series

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To find a location near you that sells Swedish Hill products, click here.

Swedish Hill Rieslings Impress Pacific Rim Wine Competition

Of the four gold medals Swedish Hill won at California’s Pacific Rim, three of them were awarded to Rieslings!


Swedish Hill’s 2012 Dry Riesling, 2012 Riesling, Blue Waters Riesling and the sparkling Naturel were the gold medalists at this competition. Its exciting to see the diversity of wines, even across the same varietal, all do very well at competitions.

We’re always eagerly anticipating the results of wine competitions that we have entered, and are honored that our Rieslings have been consistently successful at numerous competitions across the nation,” commented owner Dave Peterson on the recent results.  “With 25 gold medals between the three Rieslings we currently offer, it’s a tremendous affirmation of their consistent high quality, as well as how excellent the Finger Lakes region as a whole is for making Riesling.”
For each of the Rieslings, this was not the first time they have impressed judges. The 2012 Dry Riesling now has nine gold medals, the 2012 Riesling has an impressive 10, and the Blue Waters Riesling has six.For more information about Swedish Hill’s award-winning wines, click here.

In the News: Owner Dave Peterson on Syracuse’s News Channel 9

Owner Dave Peterson was interviewed by Syracuse’s News Channel 9 about the effects that this last winter had in Swedish Hill’s vineyards.

 

May is Finger Lakes Wine Month!

Join the excitement of Finger Lakes Wine Month through the month of May! Celebrate the quality wines produced by our region with special events and tastings throughout the month!

Now Accepting Local Arts & Craft Vendors for 2014 Events

Showcase your talent as a vendor at three fun-filled wine festivals this summer! We’d love to show off the talent of local artists, crafters and more!

Swedish Hill Claims Four Gold Medals at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

April 4, 2014   ̶  Swedish Hill Winery is honored to have received four gold medals from the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC), making it one of the top regional winners from last weekend’s event.

2012 Dry Riesling MedalsThe FLIWC benefits Camp Good Days and Special Times, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides a camping experience and more for children and adults facing the toughest challenges of life. This was the 14th year of the competition that included 3749 wines from 20 countries that were judged by 75 judges from around the globe.

Swedish Hill came out as one of the top medal winners for our region and was the only Finger Lakes Winery to win a gold medal for Cabernet Franc.

Swedish Hill Winery was awarded a double gold for its 2012 Riesling and three gold medals for its Blue Waters Riesling, 2011 Cabernet Franc and Spumante Blush.  Each of these wines seems to be consistently impressing judges at competitions across the country. For the 2012 Riesling this was its ninth gold medal with four of those being double golds. The Blue Waters Riesling has a new total of five gold medals, the 2011 Cabernet Franc has three, and the Spumante Blush also has an impressive total of nine gold medals.

Owner of Swedish Hill Winery, Dave Peterson, commented on the recent success at this competition on stating, “The FLIWC has grown to be one of the larger international wine competitions in the country with a very impressive group of judges from around the globe.  To have our wines score so well when judged amongst wines from around the world is truly an honor.  The results further substantiate that while Finger Lakes Rieslings continue to lead the way for our region, the other varietals such as the sparkling wines and, in this instance, Cabernet Franc, and others are “world class” as well!”

For more information on awards, click here
For information about Swedish Hill Tasting Rooms, click here.

 

Swedish Hill Wins it’s 22nd Gold Medal at California’s New World International

DR SpumSwedish Hill Winery is proud to announce the addition of two new Gold Medals to it’s accolades from Jerry Mead’s New World International Wine Competition (NWIWC) in California.

The NWIWC is the only competition in America to highlight the best wines from each price class against each other to determine an overall best of variety or type. The NWIWC is open to wines produced anywhere in the “New World,” including all of North America, Central America, and South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Winning a Gold Medal for the 2012 Dry Riesling and a Double Gold for the Spumante Blush, Swedish Hill is staying on course to maintain its reputation as one of the Finger Lake’s most award-winning wineries as it has already won 22 Gold Medals in 2014.

Both the 2012 Dry Riesling and Spumante Blush now total eight Gold Medals each. Those Golds include four Double Golds and a “Best of Class” for the 2012 Dry Riesling and three Double Golds and two “Best of Class” awards for the Spumante Blush.

Swedish Hill Winery also won two Silver and four Gold Medals at the NWIWC.

For more information on awards, click here.
For information about Swedish Hill Tasting Rooms, click here.

EVENT THIS WEEKEND: New Vintage Days

Be one of the first to experience new vintage releases at our New Vintage Days on April 5th & 6th!

 

Did you know that no two vintages of a single wine can be exactly the same!? Join us on April 5th & 6th as you’ll be able to experience how mother nature as affected your favorite wines in their new vintages at both Swedish Hill and Goose Watch Wineries.

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This event will be featured at both Swedish Hill & Goose Watch Wineries during normal business hours.

 

For any questions feel free to contact us at either info@swedishhill.com or 1-888-549-WINE

Spring Cleaning Sale!

Check out our Spring Cleaning Sale featuring select Christmas Wines! Only available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST online and in our Finger Lakes Tasting Room!

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Upcoming Event: Cabin Fever Days

If these endless cold temperatures are driving you crazy, you’re not alone! Join us March 15th & 16th for our annual Cabin Fever Days!

Bust out of your winter blues and celebrate the upcoming spring season with a featured wine sale including our Winemaker’s Dozen case specials (when you buy any case of wine not only will you get 15% off your purchase, but you’ll also receive a FREE bottle of select wine!)

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This event is featured at both Swedish Hill and Goose Watch Finger Lakes Tasting Rooms!

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Swedish Hill Brings Home Seven Medals From Two California Wine Competitions

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March 4, 2014  ̶  Swedish Hill Winery is proud to announce that they were awarded seven Gold Medals, including a Platinum and a Double Gold Medal, between the International East Meets West Wine Competition and the Monterey Wine Competition.

2012 RieslingThe International East Meets West Wine Competition awarded Swedish Hill with four Gold Medals for the 2012 Riesling, 2012 Blue Waters Chardonnay-Riesling, 2011 Cabernet Franc, and the Blue Waters Riesling which also claimed a Double Gold Medal.

This competition is one of the oldest in the nation, established in 1975 as two separated branded competitions, the International Eastern Wine Competition and the West Coast Wine Competition which were combined this year but judged in the two separate divisions.

The Monterey Wine Competition judged 537 wines this past weekend and awarded Swedish Hill with three Gold Medals for the sparkling Blanc de Blanc, 2012 Riesling and the 2012 Vidal Blanc that also qualified for a Platinum Award. Only 11 Platinum Medals were awarded at this year’s event.

Dave Peterson, Owner of Swedish Hill, indicated that “our Rieslings continue to score big no matter who we are competing against. But it is also exciting to see our Finger Lakes sparkling wines and Cabernet Franc take home top awards.”

Located on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and owned by the Peterson Family, Swedish Hill’s tasting room has over 30 different wines, 22 of which are Gold Medalists, that range from dry to sweet white and red wines, sparkling wines, and distilled products.

 

 

For more information about awards & medals, click here.

For Swedish Hill’s Finger Lakes Tasting Room hours, and directions, click here.

For information about Swedish Hill’s Saratoga Springs and Lake Placid satellite tasting rooms, click here.

New Vintage Release: 2012 Vidal Blanc

Try the new vintage of our Vidal Blanc! This vintage has already claimed a Platinum Medal from the Monterey Wine Competition!

Check Out the “Sweet” Deals to This Weekend’s Event!

WEB SH Red Sale

SH dessert 2At this year’s Sweetheart of a Red Wine Sale we will be serving Decadent Chocolate Cake Brownies at Swedish Hill and Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies at Goose Watch!

Regular Tasting Room fees apply to receive the complimentary dessert.

Event will take place during regular tasting room hours at both Swedish Hill and Goose Watch Wineries.

Stay tuned for more details!

Swedish Hill Winery Wins 10 Gold Medals Including a “Best Sparkling Wine” Award From Two International Wine Competitions

Swedish Hill Winery is proud to announce the addition of 10 new top awards to its accolades from two recent competitions, the Winemaker’s Challenge and the Florida State Fair International Wine Competition. The 10 Gold Medals received include four Double Golds, one Platinum and one “Best of Class” award.

The Winemaker’s Challenge in San Diego is a unique competition in that it is judged by a diverse group of highly acclaimed winemakers from across the United States to taste and evaluate newly released wines. The judges awarded Swedish Hill Gold Medals for their 2012 Riesling, 2012 Blue Waters Chardonnay-Riesling, 2012 Cayuga White, and their Blanc de Blanc that also won a Platinum Medal.

Blanc de BlancThe Platinum Medals are considered the best of the best from the Gold Medalists. Robert Whitley, Director of the Winemaker’s Challenge, gave Swedish Hill’s Blanc de Blanc an “89” with a review of “fruit-driven sparkler shows aromas of grapefruit and tropical fruit and has a hint of sweetness, though the acidity keeps it in balance.” The only other Finger Lakes wine awarded a Platinum Medal at this event was Penguin Bay Winery’s 2012 Riesling, Swedish Hill’s sister winery, which also captured the “Best White Wine” award at the Winemaker’s Challenge.

An additional six Gold Medals were awarded to Swedish Hill at the 26th Annual Florida State Fair International Wine Competition. Swedish Hill was honored with Gold Medals for their 2012 Cayuga White and 2012 Maréchal Foch; Double Gold Medals for their 2012 Reserve Chardonnay, Viking Red and 2011 Cabernet Franc Lemberger; and claimed “Best of Class Sparkling Wine” for their Spumante Blush. This is the Spumante Blush’s second “Best of” award and has thus far claimed six total Gold Medals.

Dave Peterson, Owner of Swedish Hill, is excited how these awards showcase the quality and variety of wines that this region produces. “While Riesling continues to be the Finger Lakes most awarded and talked about wine, the quality of the sparkling wines and some of the other varieties are often overlooked. We currently have multiple dry reds that are winning top honors at international competitions across the country, including these three new Gold Medals, showcasing their quality alongside regions that are traditionally viewed as the premium producers of dry reds. People that don’t think Finger Lakes reds are world class should taste what is now being produced here. ”

Located on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and owned by the Peterson Family, Swedish Hill’s tasting room has over 30 different wines, 21 of which are Gold Medalists, that range from dry to sweet white and red wines, sparkling wines, and distilled products.

Click HERE for more information about awards

Click HERE for additional press releases

Visit our tasting rooms in Romulus, Saratoga Springs and Lake Placid.

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Vineyard at Swedish Hill Winery where some of the coldest temperatures have been captured

Vineyard at Swedish Hill Winery where some of the coldest temperatures have been captured

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 vortex has brought sub zero temperatures to Western New York for this first time in several years.  Unlike for our vineyard crew where such temperatures are just uncomfortable (yes, they are out in the vineyard almost every day) for our grapevines this cold puts next year’s crop or worse the vine’s very survival at risk.

The Tougher “Native Varieties”

First a little genetics and a talk of selective pressure, grapevines such as Diamond and Isabella are indigenous to North America and varieties such as Riesling, Pinot Noir and Merlot are from Northern Europe.  Where you are from and the winters your parent vines were exposed to are responsible for your ability to survive low winter temperatures. Since North America has historically been colder than Northern Europe, what we called “Native Varieties” such as Diamond and Isabella can generally survive the temperature we have had in January of -4F to -11F without any damage to either the buds responsible for next year’s crop or the structure of the vine (the trunk and arms).  If you are not from these parts temperatures that low can cause some damage.  The first concern is for the buds that will produce next year’s crop.  Temperatures  of -11F can kill some but usually not all of the buds on varieties like Pinot Noir or  Merlot but a variety like Riesling from Germany will suffer much less damage.

 Location, Location, Location

Second just like in retail if you’re a grapevine it’s all about location, low winter temperatures vary widely depending on the location of the vineyard.  On the coldest night so far this winter (January 22nd) we recorded a temperature in one vineyard at Swedish Hill of -11F compared to -4F on the same night in a second vineyard at our sister winery, Goose Watch.  The difference is due to the aspects of the sites such as elevation, slope, proximity to Cayuga Lake, and how protected the vineyard is by woods. The difference can have a huge effect on the vines. The presence of cloud cover also helps hold heat so the temperatures are colder on a clear night. This effect can be very localized, as we’ve seen from tracking weather stations throughout the Finger Lakes.

We have six remote recording thermometers plus a weather station to monitor temperatures throughout the winter.  Our vineyard manager then uses this information to make both long term and short term decisions.  Knowing that some sites are colder than others the first decision is that we do not plant the more winter tender varieties on some of our colder sites although these sites are fine for “Native” varieties. Next, knowing that we may have suffered some damage on our European varieties,  we will delay pruning these vines until after the potential for really cold temperature have passed.  This is usually by the later part of February. Then our crew will gather buds from each of the vineyards and then use a simple technique to determine what percentage of the buds are alive (being farmers we are always optimistic and think about what’s alive instead of dead).  Our pruning crew then adjusts the number of buds they retain on each vine depending on the level of damage. They follow this up once the vines are growing and will thin the number of shoots to further refine the crop the vines will carry in 2014.

Things could change if we see even colder temperatures over the next month but right now we still see the potential for a nice crop in 2014.   But it’s still farming and in the mean time not being out in vineyard and getting the second cup of coffee is good for both the crew and the grapevines.

-Derek Wilber, Winemaker at Swedish Hill Winery

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Swedish Hill Winery Rings in 2014 with Six Gold Medals and Three “Best of Class” Awards at the San Francisco Chronicle

Swedish Hill Winery is honored to have won six Gold Medals and three “Best of Class” awards at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC), the first competition of the year and the largest in the country.

Rieslings MedalsThe “Best of Class” winners for Swedish Hill at the SFCWC include the 2012 Cayuga White, 2012 Maréchal Foch, and the Viking Red (NV). This was not the first achievement for any of these wines. The 2012 Cayuga White now has four Gold Medals; the 2012 Maréchal Foch has won four other Gold Medals including  a “Best Hybrid Red” award; and the Viking Red (NV) that was bottled from the 2012 vintage has two additional Gold Medals and a Double Gold on its accolades.

The New Year has also rung in Gold Medals for each of Swedish Hill’s three Rieslings at the SFCWC: 2012 Dry Riesling, 2012 Riesling and Blue Waters Riesling. These three 2012 Rieslings together have now claimed nine Double Gold Medals and five Gold Medals at competitions across the country.

“The 2012 vintage is extraordinary” remarked Swedish Hill Winery’s CEO, Dave Peterson. “Winning six Gold Medals and three “Best of Class” awards is a wonderful reflection of the vintage and the efforts of our vineyard and winemaking teams. It is also exciting to see how the Finger Lakes can stack up against wines from around the world.”

Being that this was the SFCWC’s record breaking year with 5,825 entries from over 1,500 US wineries, Swedish Hill is extremely honored to have had six of their wines recognized with Gold Medals. In 2013 Swedish Hill claimed 63 Gold Medals at competitions throughout the year and was honored to be named “Top Winery” at the 2013 NYS Fair.

Located on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and owned by the Peterson Family, Swedish Hill’s tasting room has over 30 different wines, 21 of which are Gold Medalists, that range from dry to sweet white and red wines, sparkling wines, and distilled products.

For a complete list of our awards, click here.

Producing Finger Lakes Ice Wines: Two Methods to the Sweet Flavors

Vidal-Ice-WinesJan 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 of the 2013 vintage for ice wines: Vidal Blanc and Cabernet Franc.

On December 12th we picked five tons of Vidal Blanc grapes that we left on the vines to produce a new ice wines for our sister winery, Penguin Bay.  The conditions couldn’t have been better for picking, with temperatures between 13 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit that morning, along with a breathtaking winter sunrise over Cayuga Lake.

Since the ice wine grapes are left on the vines for an additional couple months compared to our other varietals, it is imperative to keep them netted to protect them from the birds and also to catch any clusters that may fall off the vines. The additional time that they are left on the vine allows for dehydration of the grapes which results in higher sugar levels in the juice, around 41.5%. After fermentation this will decrease to about 20-24%.

This year we picked all of the iced Vidal Blanc grapes with our harvester.  Since the nets were still on the grapes, our crew was on site to pull the netting apart so the grapes fell directly into the harvester. Using the harvester this year allowed us to extract a larger amount of grapes than if we had hand-picked them, which should result in a larger production than in years past.

After picking, the grapes are loaded directly into the press where the remaining frozen juice is pressed over eight hours. Since grapes have lost about half of their weight through dehydration one ton may only yield around 50-60 gallons, about one-fourth as much compared to the grapes we pressed in September.

 

 

 

Cabernet Franc Ice Wine

While the method of leaving the grapes on the vine until after the first frost produces delicious flavors for the Vidal Blanc varietal, it is not the ideal method for all ice wines. The favored Cabernet Franc Ice Wine that we produce for our sister winery, Goose Watch, is a result of pressing grapes that were picked during their peak ripeness in the fall and then frozen until the temperatures outside are ideal for pressing.

On October 28, 2013 our vineyard crew handpicked 4.7 tons of Cabernet Franc grapes that were left on the vine and picked just after the first freeze, that were then sent into a freezer to keep their condition. On January 8th those grapes were brought out of the freezer and placed on the pressing deck to await an ideal temperature of 14°F for pressing. The next morning we were able to press them as the temperature outside actually increased from the below negative digits from the previous day.

The reason for freezing the Cabernet Franc grapes versus leaving them on the vine is because this variety does not hang as well as Vidal Blanc grapes do.  The fruit is thinner skinned and are not as well attached to the stems.  The result would be that the fruit is more likely to fall off long before it would be cold enough to freeze on the vine.  Also, Cabernet Franc is more likely to develop bunch rots that would produce undesirable flavors.  We get a much fruitier and clean juice by freezing off the vine.  The juice yield is the same but the color from this technique is superior to freezing on the vine, and overall it makes for a delicious ice wine with natural sweet flavors.

-Derek Wilber, Winemaker at Swedish Hill, Goose Watch & Penguin Bay Wineries

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Upcoming Event: January White Sale on the 11th & 12th

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Brrr the temperatures have dropped outside, and so have the prices of our white wines for our annual January White Sale! Don’t miss this two day event at both Swedish Hill and Goose Watch Wineries where your favorite white wines – dry, semi-sweet, sweet, sparkling and even a dessert wine – will be on sale of up to 25% off! This is our biggest white wine sale of the year that includes 14 different wines between the two wineries!

Be sure to stop into both Swedish Hill & Goose Watch Wineries on January 11th and 12th during regular tasting room hours and stock up on all of your favorite white wines for the upcoming coooold winter months!

Swedish Hill will be open from 9:00am to 6:00pm on Saturday, and 10:00am to 5:30pm on Sunday.

Goose Watch Winery will be open from 10:00am to 6:00pm on Saturday, and 10:30am to 5:30pm on Sunday.

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NEW Vintage Release: 2011 Cabernet Franc

Just released, the 2011 vintage of our Cabernet Franc! Try this dry red that boasts delicious flavors of berry fruits with the ideal spiced finish for an oaked red wine.

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NEW Vintage Release – 2012 Dry Riesling

If you enjoyed our 8-time gold medalist 2011 Dry Riesling, then you must try this new vintage!

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