Standing Stone Vineyards
Between 1972-1975, Gold Seal winemakers, Charles Fournier and Guy Devaux planted Chardonnay and Riesling for sparkling wine on what would eventually become the Standing Stone site. They selected it for factors such as proximity to the lake, slope, and soil type, which are all vital components that contribute to moderating lake effects and the even ripening of fruit.
In 1991, Marti & Tom Macinski founded Standing Stone Vineyards and continued to add plantings to what is now an almost 50-acre estate. In 2017, Fred Merwarth and Oskar Bynke, the owners of fellow Finger Lakes winery Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, purchased the Standing Stone property. Today, their production showcases all that this exceptional site has to offer, from classic styles made from some of the oldest vinifera plantings in the region to more innovative offerings made from lesser known varietals, like the Georgian grape, Saperavi. There are currently 8 varieties grown throughout the estate vineyards, with the two original plantings of Chardonnay and Riesling coming from the West Block.
Standing Stone Vineyards is integral to the heritage and future of the Finger Lakes region. Located on the Eastern slopes of Seneca Lake, the site is not only visually stunning but also ideal vineyard land. Factors such as proximity to the lake, slope, and soil type are vital components that contribute to moderating lake effects and ripening, and contribute to the distinct nature of our wines.