Since its founding, Rooster Hill has prided itself on producing high-quality wines, the vast majority coming directly from our estate.
From The Fruit in the Vineyard to Wine in the Bottle
The Rooster Hill team believes in the old adage that "the wine is made in the vineyard" and is committed to producing the highest quality grapes.
Our focus on regulating crop yields and achieving superior ripeness has earned Rooster Hill wines high ratings from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast and has established Rooster Hill as one of the leading Finger Lakes wineries.
We also select high-quality grapes from premier growers in the Finger Lakes and Long Island. We make multiple vineyard visits to ensure that our growers employ the most stringent vineyard practices. Our wines are true to the uniqueness of the fruit we select, with a focus on quality. We strive for the ultimate balance between flavor, texture, acid, and tannin structure followed by distinguishing characteristics of terroir.
This three-acre vineyard is planted with Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Lemberger, and Pinot Noir. Approximately 4,000 feet of drainage tile was installed to ensure that the vines have the best possible conditions to establish their root structure. The location of the land has such excellent exposure that we are able to produce wines that are well structured and suitable for long aging. This vineyard is named after Amy's great-grandmother, who emigrated from Northern Italy in the late 1800s.
The Catherine Estate Vineyard was planted in the spring of 2003. This four-acre site has more than 5,000 feet of drainage tile. This vineyard includes Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Lemberger, and Gewürztraminer. The Catherine vineyard yielded its first fruit for harvest in 2005. Catherine was the daughter of Savina and Amy's great aunt.
In 2007 an acre of Vidal Blanc was planted in anticipation of experimenting with late harvest or ice wines in the near future. Today our Vidal Blanc is used primarily in the Silver Pencil blend. This vineyard is named after Amy's great uncle Joe, a retired professor from UC Berkeley.
Barbara Anne Estate
The Barbara Anne vineyard was planted in 2013 and includes three acres of Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This vineyard is named in honor of Amy's mother, who passed away in December 2012. Barbara raised five kids on her own after her husband died unexpectedly at the age of 37. She managed to buy a house and put herself through nursing school and spent 30 years in health care.