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Hunt Country Vineyards, Branchport
(4.5/5 based on 80 reviews on the web)
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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  • Because we like to visit a lot of different wineries, we do not get to Hunt Country as often as we should. We have probably been there 8-10 times in the past 20 years and always enjoy it. On our Octob...  more »
  • All I can say is wow! Any winery can be ho-hum without good people running it. This was not ho-hum by any standard. The two ladies that were there when we stopped in on October 6th were so nice, so fr...  more »
  • Visited with the family. Excellent wine tasting ($2 for 5 tastes). Good prices great people. Be sure to try their Ice Wine. Tastes like drinking liquid honey. 
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  • 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.
  • Very enjoyable wine tasting experience.
  • 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.
  • Wonderful service with great wine
  • Great view. Decent wines