Bully Hill

Bully Hill's fate was set into motion almost 100 years before it's inception when founder Walter S. Taylor's grandfather started the Taylor Wine Company on the very same plot of land Bully Hill stands on today. After relocating to Pleasant Valley, NY and surviving prohibition the Taylor Wine Company became a leader of the New York Wine Industry.

Bully Hill's story begins when Walter joined the Taylor Wine Company as an Executive Vice President. He quickly realized that as Taylor grew it was becoming virtually impossible to control quality and preserve the honest family philosophy on which the winery was founded.

Walter became growingly concerned with the direction Taylor was taking under the protection of New York law--protection that let wineries deceptively make their wine under a veil of secrecy. Wineries could add dozens of chemicals, concentrates, water, and "foreign" juice to their wines without informing the consumer on the label. Deep in the middle of the night, under a veil of secrecy, wineries would receive deliveries of juice from California in "Tank Cars" to add to their wines. They could even still call their bottle of wine a New York wine!

Walter who became increasingly disgusted with this veil of secrecy began to publicly speak out against these "Tank Car" wineries. In 1970 while addressing the Wine, Spirit, and Whiskey Wholesalers of America Walter even went as far to say that, "When the wineries of Keuka Lake bottle their product the water level of the lake drops several inches!" Shortly after making that statement Walter was fired from the Taylor Wine for continuing to stir up controversy in the wine making world.

Determined to honor his family legacy by making honest wine with 100 percent New York juice Walter turned his attention on a new venture--Bully Hill Vineyards. Walter moved full steam ahead pushing against the New York industry for their deceptive practices. Walter even took to purchasing an old "Tank Car," painting it pink, and placing it in the vineyards. He declared to all his patrons, "A tank car at a winery delivering juice is like a pink elephant in the vineyards!"

Everything suddenly changed in 1977 when Coca-Cola acquired Taylor Wine. One morning Walter came into work to discover that they had filed an injunction against him and Bully Hill Vineyards-- preventing him from using the word "Taylor" on anything related to Bully Hill. Walter, believing that no one had the right to take his name from him quickly appealed but could not win against the behemoth legal team assembled against him.

In the end he was ordered to follow a list of stipulations dictating what he could and couldn't "say" when it came to his name and ancestry. The list banned Walter:

From using the word "Taylor" on anything relating to Bully Hill. Period.
From implying that Bully Hill was connected to or the successor of Taylor Wine. It is very important to remember that Walter from birth was entrenched in everything Taylor Wine and that he and his father started Bully Hill together to continue the winemaking traditions of his family.
From implying that Bully Hill Vineyards was the original Taylor Wine Company. Bully Hill does sit on the original site Walter's grandfather purchased in the late eighteen hundreds.
From implying that any of Walter's ancestors are or were connected to Bully Hill Vineyards. Walter's father was, in fact, a co-founder of Bully Hill Vineyards.
From implying that Walter's ancestors passed ANYTHING on to him in the art of winemaking or grape growing. Walter was a 4th generation Taylor family winemaker and grape grower, by definition his ancestors passed on their knowledge and skills on to him.
Adding insult to injury, Walter was ordered to hand over all his labels and promotional materials that violated the new court order to Taylor for destruction. Dressed in bib-overalls and a quilted vest he hopped on his motorcycle to lead a caravan of cars filled with supporters and a tractor pulling a manure spreader stuffed with all the materials set to be destroyed. As the caravan paraded through Hammondsport Walter's supporters waved a painted sheet that decreed "We Love Bully Hill and America." At Taylor, while Walter was handing over the materials for destruction the crowd behind him started to spell his forbidden last name, "T-A-Y-L-O-R." A member of the crowd then screamed, "WHAT DOES THAT SPELL?" and the crowd roared back "NOTHING!"

After the parade the caravan returned to Bully Hill to celebrate. They all believed that Walter had won. Walter who did not share their sentiments believed that he had been ruined forever. How was he supposed to make honest wine and run a company founded on honesty when he couldn't tell people who he truly was? Walter, who normally never missed a day of life at Bully Hill, disappeared. As several days passed the staff at Bully Hill began to worry. They decided to go search for Walter and make sure he was okay. As they approached his office which sat in an old white barn at the Bully Hill farm they heard a scream. Alarmed and concerned they rushed up to the office door to find Walter dancing around his office exclaiming, "That's it! That's it! They didn't get our goat! They didn't get our goat!" Several days later Walter emerged from the old white barn with a new catch phrase and a brand new label for a "Goat White Wine." Greeted by curious employees to see what he had been up to, Walter held up the new label and exclaimed, "They have our name and heritage, but they didn't get our goat!"?

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Bully Hill Sweet Walter 'Pineapple'
“An adventurous sweet tropical blend of white wine and natural pineapple flavor.”~winery notes
Item Number: 29295
Bottle:$6.95
Case: $83.40
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Bully Hill Sweet Walter 'Blackberry'
“A blend of sweet red wine with natural blackberry flavors.”~winery notes
Item Number: 29294
Bottle:$6.95
Case: $83.40
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Bully Hill Sweet Walter 'Cherry'
“Delicate blend of sweet grape wine with the natural flavor of ripe cherry.”~winery notes
Item Number: 29293
Bottle:$6.95
Case: $83.40
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Bully Hill ‘Rivat 51’ Vignoles
“With powerful pineapple and apricot qualities, this tropical wine is best enjoyed with fruit or cheese.” ~winery notes
Item Number: 27440
Bottle:$7.95
Case: $95.40
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Bully Hill Pinot Grigio
"A classic white with aromas of pear and apple and a palate cleansing finish. Terrific with seafood or by itself."~winery notes
Item Number: 25829
Bottle:$9.95
Case: $119.40
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Bully Hill American Riesling 1.5L
(2)
"Luscious, fresh and crisp in the classic German style, with ample peach and apricot flavors." ~ Winery Notes
Item Number: 25458
Bottle:$14.95
Case: $89.70
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Bully Hill Sweet Walter Red 1.5L
"It?s a sweet red wine with tones of strawberry and red raspberry. Enjoy during or after dinner; perfect for sipping and listening to dear Uncle Walter play the piano. Pair this staple red wine with pizza and pasta" ~ winery notes
Item Number: 24442
Bottle:$11.99
Case: $71.94
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Bully Hill 'Felicity' Rose
(1)
" semi-dry blush wine with bright fruit and citrus undertones made from the Delaware grape. From nose to finish, a fruity delight, suitable for any gathering."~winery notes
Item Number: 23549
Bottle:$7.95
Case: $95.40
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Bully Hill Meat Market Red
"An excellent balance of cherry fruit flavors and oak finishing with cracked pepper and smokiness make this full-bodied, dry red ideal with all red meat."~Winery Notes
Item Number: 19952
Bottle:$7.95
Case: $95.40
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Bully Hill 'Love Goat Red' Red Blend 1.5L
(3)
"Our most popular wine. A unique, mellow, easy drinking wine with suble fruit and a soft finish. Enjoy with steak or pasta" ~ Winery Notes
Item Number: 17732
Bottle:$13.99
Case: $83.94
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Bully Hill Vineyards St Croix NV
"A dry red wine with smokey accents entwining seductive notes of ripe currant and broad American oak." ~Winery Notes
Item Number: 15746
Bottle:$8.95
Case: $107.40
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Bully Hill Vineyards Traminette NV
"Aromas of appealing lychee fruit and peaches play against subtle spiciness and a soft finish." ~Winery Notes
Item Number: 15745
Bottle:$9.95
Case: $119.40
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Bully Hill Vineyards 'Banty' Red 3.0L
(1)
"From the "grapey" nose to the silky smooth finish, this wine is truly sensational!" ~ Winery Notes
Item Number: 10820
Bottle:$15.99
Case: $95.94
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Bully Hill Vineyards 'Sweet Walter' Rose 3.0L
(1)
"Like a stroll through the vineyards at harvest time, this Niagara is floral and sweet." ~Winery Notes
Item Number: 7791
Bottle:$15.99
Case: $95.94

Bully Hill Vineyards 'Niagara' White 3.0L
"Like a stroll through the vineyards at harvest time, this Niagara is floral and sweet." ~Winery Notes
Item Number: 7102
Bottle:$15.99
Case: $95.94
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Bully Hill Banty Red 1.5L
 "Blend of primarily Concord & Ives grapes with the addition of minimal parts Baco Noir & Foch. 6% residual sugar. The most prominent flavor is the grapey sweetness of the Concord grape. Reminiscent of tasting grapes right off the vines in your backyard. Great when used as the base of homemade
Item Number: 6574
Bottle:$8.99
Case: $53.94
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Bully Hill 'Niagara' White Blend 1.5L
"Like a stroll through the vineyards at harvest time, this Niagra is floral and sweet." ~ Winery Notes
Item Number: 6531
Bottle:$8.99
Case: $53.94
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Bully Hill Sweet Walter Rose
(2)
"A blend of Vitis Labrusca and Cornell French-American Hybrid grapes. It is categorized as both sweet & grapey. Off the charts at 10% residual sugar. The label was designed by Walter and its origin is for the most part ambiguous- the fact is pertinent. The Sweet Walter wines are a conversation
Item Number: 6495
Bottle:$6.95
Case: $83.40
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Bully Hill Vineyards Aurore
"Full-rounded fruit flavors are present in this sweet white wine. Great with seafood and poultry." ~Winery notes
Item Number: 5564
Bottle:$6.95
Case: $83.40
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Bully Hill Sweet Walter 'White'
(7)
“A blend of Native American grape varieties create this fruity dessert wine that is floral and rich.”~winery notes
Item Number: 5539
Bottle:$6.95
Case: $83.40
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Bully Hill Seasons White
(3)
"An elegant German style wine, with delicate floral aromas yielding to a long, smooth finish." ~ Winery Notes
Item Number: 4913
Bottle:$6.95
Case: $83.40
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Bully Hill American Riesling
(2)
"Luscious, fresh and crisp in the classic German style, with ample peach and apricot flavors." ~ Winery Notes
Item Number: 4600
Bottle:$8.45
Case: $101.40
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Bully Hill Grower's Red 1.5L
"A sweet, luscious, fruity blend of native grape varieties, enjoyable to a wide variety of tastes." ~Winery Notes
Item Number: 811
Bottle:$9.99
Case: $59.94
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Bully Hill 'Love Goat Red' Love My Goat Red
(3)
"Our most popular wine. A unique, mellow, easy drinking wine with suble fruit and a soft finish. Enjoy with steak or pasta" ~ Winery Notes
Item Number: 544
Bottle:$6.95
Case: $83.40
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Bully Hill 'Love Goat White' Love My Goat White
(1)
"A harmonious blend of fruit with a soft finish to complement poultry and light sauces." ~Winery notes
Item Number: 1397
Bottle:$6.95
Case: $83.40
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