Hermann J Wiemer Vineyards
Hermann J. Wiemer is regarded as one of the pioneers of viticulture and wine making in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.
As a native of Bernkastel, Germany Hermann J. Wiemer emigrated to the Finger Lakes in the 1960s. His mother’s family had been making wine in Germany’s Mosel Valley for more than 300 years. His father, a skilled nurseryman, who was responsible for restoring vines in the Mosel region after WWII recognized the importance of grafting vinifera on American rootstock. This led Hermann’s father to graft the most famous old world Mosel Rieslings onto American rootstock.
The result is that the highest quality hand-crafted wines are now made for lovers of Rieslings. The Hermann J. Wiemer winery has been recognized for the last 9 years as one of the world’s Top 100 Estates by Wine & Spirits Magazine; Wine Spectator listed the winery on the top 100 Wines in the world in 2010. Connoisseurs such as Robert Parker, Eric Asimov, Stuart Piggott, consistently mention Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard as the top Riesling producer in the US.
What the critics say...
Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling
Hermann J. Wiemer's signature Riesling is vibrant and aromatic, featuring the distinctive minerality that has become our trademark. The fragrant essence of spring blossoms sets the stage for a succulent palate of early fruit, balanced with a refreshing crispness, revealing the true qualities of the Riesling grape. A brilliant texture carries into a lingering finish, in a wine that accommodates a wide range of food.
Hermann J. Wiemer Frost Cuvée
The Frost Cuvee is a smooth, off-dry blend of five white varietals. Its light, floral aroma makes way for a zesty citrus and pear body that finishes with a hint of spice. As elegant as it is approachable its a great wine around the holidays.
HERMANN J. WIEMER LATE HARVEST RIESLING
This enticing Riesling is crafted in the traditional German Spätlese style, with moderate natural sweetness counterpoised by a bright, invigorating liveliness. In a yearly gamble against the weather, grapes for Spätlese wines are left to hang for a longer time on the vines, allowing them to develop riper flavor profiles. The later picking also increases must weight resulting in a more full-bodied wine. Spätlese wines have a greater intensity and strength than Kabinett-style wines, though are still the lightest of the late harvest wines. The outcome is a wine with an elegant yet luscious nose, followed by a generous palate of crisp ripe fruit and floral notes, lingering into a long, naturally sweet finish.
Hermann J. Wiemer Semi-Dry Riesling
Our versatile, Kabinett-style Riesling is marked by a refined interplay of sweetness and freshness. Harvested in the heart of our season, this fruit-forward wine exhibits a rich mouthfeel and a satisfying finish. Its juiciness means this crowd-pleasing wine is appropriate for drinking on its own or with spicier dishes.
Hermann J. Wiemer Reserve Dry Riesling
The finest qualities of the estate are expressed in our Reserve Dry Riesling, an exclusive wine spotlighting unique characteristics from all three of our vineyard sites. Small selections of grapes are meticulously chosen from specifically identified lots, which are fermented separately and then blended to create the exquisite balance of juiciness, freshness, and minerality displayed in this specialty bottling. A brilliant, tangy nose heralds a burst of stone fruit and citrus zest on the palate. Fruit and minerality play into a lingering finish that continues to make the mouth water long after the wine is gone.
Hermann J. Wiemer Riesling HJW Vineyard
Our HJW Vineyard was planted in originally in 1976 near Seneca Lake. These mature vines, combined with the site’s shallow topsoil and shale bedrock, produce lower yields, resulting in expressively vibrant flavors. Higher elevation and a greater distance from Seneca Lake contribute to a cooler growing season, resulting in a leaner, more austere wine with intense flavor and an excellent aging potential. These core characteristics of the HJW vineyard are expressed in this exclusive vineyard-specific wine. The invigorating crispness and an appealing balance of flavors combine with an unprecedented minerality, which carries into an impressive and enduring finish.
Hermann J. Wiemer Riesling Magdalena Vineyard
The unique traits of our Magdalena Vineyard are featured in this lush Riesling. A beneficial air exchange with Seneca Lake moderates the temperatures, creating a warmer and more protective site in the colder months and a cooling effect throughout the summer. The airflow keeps the vineyard dry, and deep soil provides room for spreading root growth. The lime silt loam soil that the site is celebrated for is crucial to the development of flavor intensity in the grapes. The resulting ripeness greets you in the nose with an intense, floral bouquet. This gives way to a fruit-driven, mouth-coating freshness that lingers for minutes after the first sip. Magdalena wines are striking and powerful and develop very well over time– whether by the glass or in the cellar.
We invite you to try our wine!