Lewis County's only vineyard kicked off their season Saturday, welcoming in the community and uncorking some wines to taste. And as our Amanda Kelley tells us Tug Hill Vineyards has a lot to offer wine-lovers this summer.
LOWVILLE, N.Y. -- With only its second vintage, Tug Hill Vineyards is uncorking a lot of excitement this spring season.
Tug Hill Vineyards Marketing and Sales representative Dick Cole said, "We harvested 25 tons of our own grapes this year. We went from 1000 cases of production to 3000 cases of production. We have 13 wines, last year we only had six wines."
More than doubling their production, the winemakers have been working overtime to make sure the grapes are blended just right. Hoping to create more award winning wines for visitors this season.
Winemaker Dale Cole said, "We've made mistakes and we're learning from them but then we've had some pleasant surprises too, what's come out of blending these grapes together."
But the new wine selection isn't the only thing drawing people to Tug Hill Vineyards this season. They also have several of events that are creating a lot of excitement.
Dick Cole said, "We're starting a wine club this year which we never had in the past, but now we have the quantity of wine that we needed."
And every Thursday the Vineyard will have a Wine Down After Hours night, inviting visitors to enjoy one of their wines along with some food while taking in the view. Tug Hill said it's all thanks to the interest the community is showing in their wines.
Dale Cole said, "I have to say I think we're really pleased with it. I think it maybe took off a little better than we thought it would."
And they only see this Lewis County vineyard growing in the future, as long as they continue to focus on their mission.
"The focal point for us is our wines, everything else is a plus for us," said Dick Cole.
And that's something local wine-enthusiasts have to look forward to for years to come.
To see what events are coming up at Tug Hill Vineyards visit www.tughillvineyards.com.