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Colloca Estate Winery & Lake Effect Vineyard

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One of New York State’s Best Finger Lakes Wineries Is Not in the Finger Lakes

The northern most winery in New York State’s famed Finger Lakes Region is not identified as a “Finger Lakes Winery”. Colloca Estate Winery is located on the North Coast of America – along the southern shores of the Great Lake Ontario. That means it’s just outside of the American Viticultural Association’s (AVA) geographic designation for the region.

But because of its unique location, it enjoys the same micro-climate advantages as the rest of the Finger Lakes Region – but on a much grander scale because it sits on shore of the massive great lake.

Set upon 100 acres and nine hundred feet of unobstructed waterfront, the Colloca Estate Winery reminds you more of a state park than a winery.  This site was specifically chosen by Dr. Christopher Colloca to develop the Lake Effect Vineyard®  not just because of the very special microclimate, but like the rest of the Finger Lakes Region, it enjoys the nutrients the rich soil provided by the glaciers that carved out the region supply to nurture their growth. 

The result is the production of world class wines that have scored 95 points and won double gold medals in consecutive years at double blinded international wine competitions judged by experts.

We Do Things Differently Here …

  • Our Culture.  Our philosophy of leadership is a stark departure from traditional command and control.  We believe in empowering everyone on our team to come up with the best and brightest ideas to solve problems and improve your customer experience.

  • The Vines.  We sourced 13,128 vitis vinifera grape vines originating from Europe that are grafted on to Native American rootstock using the finest vinicultural practices and laser planted them in our Lake Effect Vineyard® to grow our wine grapes.  We have one of the largest plantings of vinifera vines on the Lake Ontario Wine Trail

  • The Terroir.  Our Lake Effect Vineyard® benefits from the moderating lake effect from our proximity on the Great Lake Ontario.  This, together with rich Ontario gravely loam and clay soils, brought here by glaciers at the end of the Ice Age, makes our vineyards one of the best places to grow grapes in the State.

  • Our Grapes.  To make the best wine, we concentrate on just a few varietals that grow well in our cool climate, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

  • The Fruit.  We let our fruit hang on the vine and harvest a couple of weeks later than others to fully experience the lake effect developing character, intensity, flavors, and fully ripen.

  • Oak.  We source the finest brand new French Oak barrels that cost over $1,000 each to age our wines.

  • Our Estate Winemaking.We hand pick our fruit each autumn at the peak of ripeness and immediately begin the process of making wine.We carefully destem the grapes and gently crush them to release their juice.We use a bladder press to extract the full extent of the juices.We use stainless steel tanks to ferment our Rieslings and buy new French oak to age our Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs. (read more)

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