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Community. Sustainability. Creativity.
James Beard Semi-Finalist in 2019 & 2020
We make small batches of handmade wine; we are minimal interventionists, preferring to do all the work upfront in the vineyard, during the growing season.
With a climate similar to the cool climate regions in Europe, the Fingers Lakes is the perfect place to experiment. We have embraced our terroir and are focusing our efforts on wines that speak to our specific climate and soils. It was important to Michael and I to set us up for the long-term, which is why we became a LEED-gold certified green winery—currently the only one in New York State.
This community and environment is everything I could have hoped for when considering where to experiment, grow and give back.
Renewable energy comes from resources which are naturally replenished like sunlight, wind, rain, and geothermal heat. Wineries earn this tag by using renewable energy to help power their operations.
We highlight women led businesses on our site because most winery owners and winemakers are men. To earn this tag the winery must be majority women owned or have a female winemaker.
Family owned and operated businesses are an important part of the US economy. To earn this tag, a winery has two or more family members involved, and the majority ownership lies within the family.
Starting your own business is hard, especially in the wine industry where there are so many uncontrolled variables. Wineries earn this tag if the current owners and operators are also the founders.
Sustainable practices help reduce the impact of farming, manufacturing, and other industries. To earn this tag, wineries or the vineyards they source from are certified by third party organizations.
Nancy is the winemaker and partner at Red Tail Ridge. She has been in the wine industry for over 35 years.
Nancy’s career path includes a decade at E&J; Gallo as VP of Viticulture & Enology R&D;, a PhD in grape genetics in the UC-Davis Viticultur…
Mike is the vineyardist and partner at RTR. you might say he took the road less traveled on his journey to the Finger Lakes.
He spent some time in heavy equipment construction during his younger days. After meeting up with Nancy and moving to C…
Our rescue Bueller takes his responsibilities very seriously and patrols the vineyard on a daily basis. he is always available for furry cuddles and sloppy kisses!
We think Bueller is around 6 years old. We adopted him a couple years ago through …
Hints of custard, clove and light brown spices follow with a citrus drive.
Slightly restrained at initial opening, it opens up and becomes much more expressive in the glass.
Traditional method. Fine bubbles are elevated by a fresh acidity and a crisp body.
Fine tannin texture with notes of cranberry and brown spice in the finish.
Aromas of red cherry, plum and pomegranate are contrasted by hints of cedar wood and smoked salt.
2017 Dry Riesling | 2017 Rebel with a Cause | 2016 Blanc de Noirs
Medium brown spices, blackberry and violet in the nose, wet moss.
Beerenauslese (BA) Riesling from hand-selected and hand-harvested 100% botrytized fruit.
An easy drinking, refreshing sparkling Riesling.
2017 Pinot Noir | 2018 Estate Blaufränkisch | 2018 Dornfelder
2016 Blanc de Noirs | 2016 Sekt | 2016 Sparkling Rosé
Traditional method. Aromas of ripe strawberry and cherry with hints of Thai basil.
A fresh, fruit-driven style with balanced aromatics and a clean finish. 1.2% R.S.
500 ml. Aromas of orange marmalade are balanced with sweeter hints of bruised papaya and vanilla.
A classic FLX Riesling. Ripe stone and orchard fruit with an icy mineral edge and crisp finish.
Traditional method. Aromas of rhubarb and strawberry with a yeasty backbone..
Intense notes of cherry jam, dried tobacco leaves, and anise are offset by subtler hints of mint.