Harvest is over an we are winding down 2017.  This year’s harvest was record setting, not only here at Ventosa but for many wineries in the Finger Lakes region.  Our wine making team is in the process of moving 2017 reds from tank to barrel to make room for more this incredible volume of juice.  A year in the barrel and at least one year in the bottle, and these reds will be released in 2020 at the earliest.  Tasting through the 2017 Riesling and Tocai Friulano juice we already find that the flavors of this vintage will be stellar.  Good things come to those who wait …

Deck the Halls Ticket Giveaway

Enter to win a couples ticket for the Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s Deck the Halls event.  All you have to do is purchase 3 bottles or more.  We have one ticket for each weekend, November 17th or December 1st.  Both are SOLD OUT.  It’s a great way to have fun, purchase wine, and start the Holiday season!  And, don’t forget, 3 bottles also gets you 5% off your purchase. Visit the Wine Trail office at for additional event information. more»

Live Music Sundays!

Following the success of our Live Music on Wednesday and Friday, we have decided to add Live Music on Sunday afternoons, from 1 to 4.  Cafe Toscana will be open serving up the regular menu and a special or two.  Wine and beer can be purchased by the glass or bottle.  It will be the perfect way to end the weekend … relax and unwind with us!  Visit our events page for the November lineup of musicians.  (Please note:  music will not be scheduled on wine trail event weekends.) more»

New Wine Labels

Have you seen the new labels on our white wines?  We love the rendering of one of our favorite views!  The tree, the vineyards and the lake … Beautiful!  Heather Heffernan, of Fine Art with Function, is responsible for this amazing artwork and has done an amazing job for us once again.  In case you aren’t aware, Heather’s work adorns our tasting room and banquet room.  The  trompe l’oeil style of painting is utilized in much of her work here, providing the “art of illusion.”  Heather also painted the mural of a Tuscan scene that graces our banquet room.  We hope you enjoy these new labels as much as we do! more»

Harvest 2017 has begun!

October 4th was the first day of the 2017 harvest here at Ventosa Estate Winery.  As you probably know, we hand pick all of our grapes.  This process is gentler on the fruit and we can carefully select which grapes to keep and which clusters to drop.  Those that are dropped, rot and go into the soil to nurture future crops. The first grape picked was our Pinot Noir.  These vines are located in the first several rows closest to our building.  As you look out toward Seneca Lake from the terrace, you are looking at our Pinot Noir vines. Pinot Noir is very sensitive and an early ripening variety.  If not picked early enough this thin-skinned grape will shrivel and dry out rapidly. Once picked, the grapes are processed through a crusher/destemmer which takes the berries off of the stems and gets rid of any leaves left on the clusters.  For Pinot Noir and other red varieties used in dry wines, the berries are placed in large bins.  Two to three times a day, the wine making team punches through each bin to add oxygen to the yeast which helps to “kick start” fermentation.  This step of the process also gives more»

Another Great Review on Wedding Wire!

Julianne said…  An amazing place all around and would highly recommend to anyone seeking a romantic, waterfront view alongside a beautifully manicured outdoor space. RJ is fantastic along with his staff and the food was amazing, along with of course their delicious wine selections! So many wonderful attributes at this venue, all of our guests had an amazing time here! 5 Stars more»

Great Review On Wedding Wire!

Kathy said…  Could not have asked for a better place to have our Daughter’s wedding reception. They were very accommodating and the service was excellent. They went out of there way to make sure we had everything we needed and the food was Phenomenal!!!! Highly recommend!! RJ is the manager and he worked with us through everything and we couldn’t of been more happy with everything!! Thanks RJ and the Staff at Ventosa Vineyards for helping to make our daughter’s wedding day very memorable!! Wedding: 05/06/2017 Services Used: Ceremony & Reception Venue, Rehearsal Dinner Location Reviewed On: 06/20/2017 more»

Stock Up on Wine Before the Storm!

Today (3/13/2017) and Tomorrow (3/14/2017) only while we are open, receive an extra 5% off on top of our great bulk discounts! Don’t be stuck in the snow without wine! 3-5 bottles will now be 10% off, 6-11 bottles will be 15% off, and a case will be 20% off! Take advantage of these blizzard discounts, and stay safe our there! more»

Friday Music Canceled Friday January 27th 2017

Just a reminder that music night is canceled tonight due to a private event. The winery will be closing at the normal 5pm time and re-open tomorrow morning at 10:00am. Our music series will continue on Friday, February 3rd with The Fresh Vintage Duo. We look forward to seeing you there! more»

Ventosa Vineyards 2017 Couples Choice Winner

Wedding Wire Awards Ventosa Vineyards with the 2017 Couples Choice award has awarded Ventosa Vineyards with the 2017 Couples Choice award.  This award is determined by couple’s reviews on the Wedding Wire website. Ventosa Vineyards demonstrates excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. This is the third year in a row Ventosa has won this honorable award. For more information on how to book your big day with Ventosa Vineyards, please call RJ Passalacqua at 315-719-0000. more»

Dry Red event has food, wine, music and winemakers – Democrat & Chronicle

You can sip, shop and bebop at the 2nd annual Dry Red event, where seven producers of Finger Lakes dry red wine gather at Ventosa Vineyards in Geneva 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. It’s a chance to sample wines paired with light tapas, listen and dance to live music, mingle with winemakers and purchase bottles of wine for the holidays. Tickets are $30. Last year’s event sold out, so organizers have expanded this year’s version throughout the ballroom and winery. Participating wineries are Ventosa Vineyards, Damiani Wine Cellars, Billsboro Winery, Shaw Vineyards, Hector Wine Company, Zugibe Vineyards and Hosmer Winery. Ventosa Vineyards is located at 3440 Route 96A Geneva. For more infomation, call 315-719-0000 or visit Mark Liu, @mliueditor Democrat & Chronicle more»

Ventosa Vineyards 2011 Lemberger Wins Coveted Governor’s Cup & 10 Medals

Geneva, New York- August 13th 2015- Ventosa Vineyards, an estate winery on the north east side of Seneca Lake, wins big at the 2015 New York State Wine & Food Classic. more»

Dos and Don’ts of Wine Tasting

By Susan Clark Porter *protected email* With Memorial Day signaling the unofficial start of summer, Finger Lakes wineries are gearing up for the start of their busy season. To make those trips around the wine trails as enjoyable as possible, here are a few tips from winery workers. Don’t overindulge Erica Paolicelli, general manager of Three Brothers Winery in Geneva, said people who are visiting the wineries on tour buses or limos are often inclined to imbibe and have a good time between stops. It may be fun in the moment, but it can catch up to you. “I don’t think people realize that you can ruin your own experience that way and that of people around you,” she said. Be polite if a wine doesn’t strike your fancy. Paolicelli said it’s perfectly fine not to like a wine you sample, but don’t make a verbal fuss about it. “That can make it unpleasant for the people you are with,” she said, suggesting that a discreet dumping of it is preferable. Appreciate your flavor profile. If you’re a dry-wine drinker, try wines in those range and not super-sweet ones. “It’s OK to say, ‘That’s not me,’” Paolicelli said when selecting wines more»