Carved out of glacial movement that began during the Ice Age over two million years ago, the Finger Lakes is the result of ice sheets that last receded and melted approximately 10,000 years ago. Seneca Lake is the deepest (~618’ deep) and one of the two largest in length next to Cayuga Lake.
Situated on the southeastern banks of Seneca Lake, the property was acquired in 2013 and started being converted to riesling one year later. The vineyards are planted to high density and one of the first in the area to run up and down slope similar to those of the Mosel region.
Discovery & Development
After years of searching around the Finger Lakes, Paul and David ultimately concentrated their efforts on Seneca Lake and found a property with similar attributes to those found in the famed Mosel region. Previously planted to native Labrusca varieties in the late 1800’s, the property started to become overgrown in the 1930’s after farming was abandoned. Old cedar posts and wire trellising were found in the wooded areas, along with small terraces that allowed horses to work the original vineyard.
We are vigilant in our stewardship of the land and engaged in labor-intensive, hand-farming methods year-round to grow fruit to the highest quality. The up to 55-degree gradient requires specialized equipment and erosion prevention measures such as no tilling or exposed soils and year-round cover crop.
Hillick & Hobbs Estate is certified under New York Sustainable Winegrowing.