A brief history
Nancy moved to the Finger Lakes in 1998 to assume a one-year post-doctoral position at Cornell University. Several years later, in 2006, she left academia to follow her entrepreneurial spirit. At the time, her vision was to fill a shop in Aurora, NY with food and wine. Under New York state law, retail operations that carry both food and wine are limited to wineries. Nancy sought and found mentors in Lou Damiani and Phil Davis of Damiani Wine Cellars in Hector, NY. She quickly developed her winemaking skills and her own style resulting in numerous state and international awards. Initially, annual production was limited to three or four varietals but has continued to expand based on fruit availability and Nancy’s willingness to try something new. In 2018, she and her husband Kit planted the first of what was to become 6 acres of Lemberger, Cabernet Franc, Dornfelder, Saperavi, and Gamay Noir.