Wednesday, September 21, 2011
For more than thirty years, George Martin had been a bee keeper. George, along with wife, Virginia and son Ed, maintained and built a honey production and pollination business containing 2,000 hives in Maine, New York, Florida and South Carolina.
With dropping honey prices and increasing costs, the family, now with son Bill, began niche marketing their honey in 1998. Bill had always dabbled in mead making and home brewing and the next year The Martin Family applied for a farm winery license, and commercial production of honey wine began. Soon after, Martin’s Honey Farm and Meadery in Sterling, New York was born.
In 2001, the Martins’ realized the importance of their location in the fruit belt of New York and decided to try their hand at making fruit wines.
The concept of Montezuma Winery was then formed. Montezuma Winery quickly took off, so much so that we moved the production facilities and gift shop to our 14,000 square foot building in Seneca Falls. Although we do produce high quality grape wines, the focus is fruit and honey wines.
Both Montezuma Winery and Martin’s Honey Farm and Meadery have claimed numerous awards including Gold, Double Gold, Best of Class, Best Fruit Wine, and Commercial Mead Champion. Our wine list offers a range from dry to sweet and includes Riesling, Merlot, Blueberry, Rhubarb and our most popular, Cranberry Bog.
The Martin family efforts continue to create and enhance a unique product line, quality products, and an experience that is memorable and enjoyable for their loyal customers. Stop by and enjoy the award-winning wines, family atmosphere, and extensive gift shop at Montezuma Winery!!
Century Farm Winery
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Agriculture remains a prominent part of West Tennessee and our farm represents that lasting history. Century Farm Winery is owned and operated by the same family that cleared the land on this working farm back in 1830. The Center for Historic Preservation designated the Spivey Farm as a Tennessee Century Farm, and hence the name: Century Farm Winery.
Today, visitors experience not only great wines, but true farm life, with rows of cotton and corn, as well as the vineyard’s roses and irises (the state flower) and daylily beds, which are scattered about the homestead.
Black Star Farms
Friday, September 16, 2011
In 1998 founding partners Kerm Campbell and Donald Coe began the transformation of an 120-acre equestrian facility into a world class winery and agricultural tourism destination, capturing the essence of the surrounding land and lakeshore. The property was named Black Star Farms after the stylized star in the marble foyer of the estate house.
Founding winemaker Lee Lutes is a Michigan native with winemaking experience in Italy.
Alto Vineyards & Winery
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The Renzaglia family welcomes you to Alto Vineyards and invites you to taste some of the finest wines produced in the United States. Our family-owned winery and vineyards is located in the foothills of the beautiful Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. Our second tasting room in Champaign, Illinois, is not far from the University of Illinois campus. Since our first vintage in 1988, our wines have won numerous medals in national and international wine competitions. The Renzaglia family philosophy is to produce the best possible wines in the Old World tradition, beginning in the vineyards, and finishing at your table.