Welcome to White Birch Vineyard’s blog about our vineyard located on the west side of Skaneateles Lake in Central New York’s Finger Lakes. Here is a quick technical breakdown of the vineyard: Planted on a 30 acre site at an elevation between 863 and 996 feet are ten different varietals of wine grapes. The first planting started in 1999 with Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Cab Franc, Riesling and Chardonnay. Every couple of years for the next six years the planting continued. When all the planting work was done, the vineyard had gained Cab Sauvignon, Lemberger otherwise known as Blaufrankisch, Merlot, Pinot Gris, and Sauvigon Blanc.
The most planted varietal is Riesling making up about half of the acreage. Riesling is a wonderful varietal for this growing region having a great final product that expresses the location and growing season. In the early years of the vineyard the fruit was sold to many of the wineries in the Finger Lakes with small amounts vinified for the owner’s enjoyment.