Hunt Country Vineyards, Branchport

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#26 of 86 in Wineries in Finger Lakes
Hunt Country Vineyards is a vineyard and winery located near Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes AVA region of New York State, USA.HistoryHunt Country Vineyards was founded in 1981 by Arthur C. Hunt and Joyce H. Hunt. The property was first purchased by Arthur Hunt's great great grandfather, Ambrose Hunt (b. 1803) in 1852 and has been farmed continuously by his descendants until the present day. The oldest grapevines on the vineyard were planted in 1904 and are of the concord and Niagara varieties. When the current generation of Hunts took over the farm in 1973, there were of the two varieties planted. In 2008, of grapes were harvested.GeographyThe farm is located 1mi west of Branchport, New York. The vineyard soils are glacially deposited gravelly loam, with a 5–7% slope.ViticultureThe Hunts enrich the soil with natural compost made from the grape pomace (seeds and skins) left after pressing the grapes, mixed with manure from a neighboring farm.Between 1984 and 1988, the Hunts collaborated with Cornell Cooperative Extension Grape Specialist Dr. Tom Zabadal to convert undesirable grape varieties to more promising wine varieties by the use of field grafting in cold climate vineyards. Under normal conditions, it takes seven years to convert a vineyard to a new variety. This includes removing old vines, planting other crops to replenish the soil and remove all traces of the old root stock, replanting new vines and allowing them to grow to maturity. The field grafting process reduced the time to two years.
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  • October 2, 2017
    My wife and I were driving from Naples over to Union Springs when we stumbled on the Vineyard. We live in Texas but were originally from the Rochester area and still have friends in Union Springs. We ...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    We stopped here because we had previously been given a bottle of their seyval blanc as a gift and we really liked it. We ended up doing a wine and cheese pairing tasting. They also do chocolate and wi...  more »
  • September 9, 2017
    I have been going to Hunt Country for over 30 years and they have never disappointed. Lovely selections of wines, great cafe and what a view. Staff are friendly and knowledgable. Recently they have ad...  more »
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  • October 3, 2016
    Lovely place with friendly people. We were there for a Harvest Festival that had live music, grape stomping, hay rides, pumpkin painting and more. Wine tasting was free and the staff were very knowledgeable.
  • July 23, 2016
    We like the winery and stop here often. Just stopped at their new cafe for lunch and the food was really excellent. We will be back.
  • August 28, 2016
    Very enjoyable wine tasting experience.
  • June 9, 2016
    Wonderful service with great wine
  • July 22, 2015
    Great view. Decent wines

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