A brief history
Buttonwood Grove Winery was founded in 2004, and purchased in 2014 by its current owners, Dave and Melissa Pittard. Natives of nearby Skaneateles, the young couple was living in the NYC metro area and wanted to return to their Finger Lakes roots with their new baby. As part of the Beak and Skiff family of apple farmers, Dave had grown up working in the orchards alongside his father and grandfather, and his agricultural knowledge was easily transferred to grape growing when the opportunity arose to purchase Buttonwood Grove.
Since the Pittard’s acquisition of the property, many major changes have been made, including the addition of a production facility, tripling the vineyard acreage, and many tasting room renovations. A focus on handcrafted artisan wines produced from estate vineyards resulted in winning the 2017 Governor’s Cup recognizing New York State’s finest wine. This accolade, the highest in the state, was awarded to their 2016 Riesling, from the first full vintage produced under their ownership. Located in Romulus on Cayuga Lake, Buttonwood Grove currently produces a wide array of classic old-world style wines, including Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, and Sauvignon Blanc.