The Vineyard @ White Birch in Skaneateles

The Vineyard

The Finger Lakes wine appellation is often compared to the German wine regions along the Rhine River. Riesling, one of the most important commercial wine grape varieties, also serves as the most prominent varietal on our vineyard, comprising over half of the 28 acres of plantings. The vineyard has significant plantings of other popular German varietals such as Gewurztraminer and Blaufrankisch, although the grapes of Burgundy and Bordeaux play an important role in our production as well.

The deep waters of the Finger Lakes help to moderate the local microclimate. Stored heat is released from the lakes during the winter, keeping the local climate relatively mild compared to surrounding areas and preventing early season frost. Viticulture on Skaneateles Lake is not without its challenges though. Being the highest of the Finger Lakes, at nearly 900 feet in elevation, Skaneateles is sometimes called the “Roof Garden of the Finger Lakes.” The colder temperatures due to elevation require extra care for the vines, but produce a one of a kind character expressed in the wines.

Here at White Birch, we employ earth-friendly farming techniques to the greatest extent that the local climate will permit. With green farming techniques, such as hoeing instead of herbicides and pest control using pheromones, White Birch helps foster cohabitation with and preservation of the local flora and fauna.

SAUVIGNON BLANC (Purchase Online)
A balanced, aromatic, ripe, crisp and herbaceous style wine with hints of white peach and a touch of minerality.
CHARDONNAY (Purchase Online)
Golden hue, complex nose of floral and mineral notes with a gentle, lightly toasted element. Hints of vanilla and butter for a long, smooth finish.
RIESLING (Purchase Online)
Light green-gold hue, hint of lemon, granny smith apple & tropical fruit. Light body with moderate flavor intensity.
DRY RIESLING (Purchase Online)
Honey-crisp apple and pear aromas with floral and spicy elements. Crisp acidity and bright minerality.
NINE NOTCH BLEND (Purchase Online)
A blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in the Bordeaux tradition. Ruby-red hue, young with hints of blueberry, plum and spice, intense fruit & soft tannins.
CABERNET FRANC (Purchase Online)
Ruby hued, green bell pepper on the nose, earthy with spice element, a hint of bitter cocoa & sour cherry.
PINOT NOIR ROSE (Purchase Online)
Pale salmon hue with an intense strawberry nose. Delicate on the palate with a perfect balance between fruity and acidic.
SILVER FOX (Purchase Online)
Silver Fox is a tribute to the visionary and mastermind behind White Birch Vineyards & Hobbit Hollow Farm, Mr. Mike Falcone. Medium-bodied red with a beautiful earthy nose, subtle hints of tobacco, blackberry and baking spices.
PINOT GRIS (Purchase Online)
Aromas of citrus, melon, and quince. Medium-bodied with a rich and soft mouthfeel contrasted by peppery inflections.