Hermann J. Wiemer Winery

Hermann was born to make wine. His mother's family had over 300 years of winemaking experience in the Mosel, and his father was responsible for restoring vines in that region after World War II. Hermann grew up learning to graft vines by hand with his father before attending prestigious German winemaking and viticultural institutions. When Hermann moved to New York he discovered that the western shore of Seneca Lake was quite similar to the cool climate and gravelly soils of the Mosel. Using his grafting skills, Wiemer planted one of the first successful vinifera vineyards on Seneca Lake in 1976. His dedication and attention to detail allowed the project to thrive, and Hermann J. Wiemer has become known as a premier domestic Riesling producer.

Since 2007, the winery has been run by Hermann's longtime apprentice Fred Merwarth and the agronomist Oskar Bynke. Fred works to further Hermann's vision by precise and thorough vineyard management and winemaking, while Oskar focuses on winery operations.

The wines of Hermann J. Wiemer are stunning, pure Rieslings that speak of Seneca Lake with more than a little reference to the Mosel. The grapes are grown in three distinct estate vineyards that take advantage of the various microclimates and aspects of the western shore of Seneca Lake. The original 1976 vineyard, HJW, is where the winery resides. The Josef and Magdalena vineyards are about 10 miles north and differ greatly in slope, soil, and vine age. From the Dry Riesling which blends the vineyards together to the single vineyard offerings, Hermann J. Wiemer deserves a place amongst the great wines of not only America but also the world.

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Hermann J. Wiemer Semi Dry Riesling 2017
The Wine "Our versatile, Kabinett-style Riesling is marked by a refined interplay of sweetness and freshness. Harvested in the heart of our season, this delicate, fruit-forward wine reveals the classic flavors of the varietal. The Riesling grape is known for expressing well in any range, from dry
Item Number: 31175
Bottle:$14.95
Case: $179.40
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Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling 2017
The Wine " Our signature Riesling is vibrant and aromatic, featuring the distinctive minerality that has become our trademark. 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
Item Number: 30190
Bottle:$15.95
Case: $191.40
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Hermann Wiemer 'Dry Reserve' Riesling 2016
94  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 94 "This wine draws from all three of Wiemer’s vineyards: Josef (50 percent of the blend), HJW (30 percent) and Magdalena. Each is vinified separately before blending. The Reserve feels warmer and deeper than the 2016 Dry Riesling (also recommended here), with a pronounced aroma of
Item Number: 27712
Bottle:$25.95
Case: $311.40
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Hermann Wiemer 'HJW Vineyard' Riesling 2015
94  James Suckling 
James Suckling 94 "As usual, the dry Riesling from the HJW vineyard is more closed and less effusive than its sibling from the Magdalena site, but it makes up for that with delicate aromas of spring blossoms and a hint of fresh pineapple. As lively and as pristine as a mountain stream on the

Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling 2016
93  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 93 "This feels both complete and composed in its array of flavors and aromas—a whiff of white peach, a hint of saffron, a pinch of bruised pineapple, a maple-sugar bass note. The texture is similarly diverse, rich at first, then slimming into a crisp finish. It has the tension and

Hermann J. Wiemer Semi Dry Riesling 2016
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89  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89 "The 2016 Riesling Semi-Dry comes in with 19 grams per liter of residual sugar and 11.5% alcohol. Those 19 grams are not a lot in the Finger Lakes, so while this does show a burst of sugar, it dries out quickly. Call it an exuberant Kabinett or a dry Spätlese. It's also pretty

Hermann Wiemer 'Dry Reserve' Riesling 2015
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "This is a very rich dry Riesling for the Finger Lakes with ripe apricot and floral honey notes that leap out of the glass. Seriously powerful and concentrated with silky acidity and an almost massive finish. You could easily mistake this for a high-end Austrian Riesling. Publish

Hermann J. Wiemer Semi Dry Riesling 2015
" Our versatile, Kabinett-style Riesling is marked by a refined interplay of sweetness and freshness. Harvested in the heart of our season, this delicate, fruit-forward wine reveals the classic flavors of the varietal. The Riesling grape is known for expressing well in any range, from dry to sweet.

Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling 2015
92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92 "An extraordinary "regular" quality dry riesling brimming with lemon, lime-pie, passion-fruit and pineapple aromas. The medium to full body is lifted by refreshing acidity, and the fruit flavors are usually succulent for a dry wine. The finish is at once powerful and silky.

Hermann Wiemer 'HJW Vineyard' Riesling 2014
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94+ "The 2014 Riesling "HJW Vineyard" is one of the wines that actually pushes the price point in the Finger Lakes. That's because it is from one of the most prestigious sites, Wiemer's original vineyard (planted in 1978 on largely shale soils). It is also a statement Riesling. Dry,

Hermann Wiemer 'Dry Reserve' Riesling 2014
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "The 2014 Dry Riesling Reserve is, according to winemaker Fred Merwath, about 90% Auslese level in ripeness. It is a luscious Riesling that seems round and rich, but as with most of what Wiemer makes, there is ample attention here to age-worthiness and structure. Underneath, there

Hermann J. Wiemer Frost Cuvee White 2013
Frost Cuvee is specially crafted each year to best reflect the outcome of the growing season. A differing blend of Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, creates a smooth and approachable off-dry blend. There are bright fruit and floral notes up front while light pear

Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling 2014
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90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "The 2014 Dry Riesling is a blend of three vineyards. Dry, but not austere and just a touch fruity, this is round and ripe in the middle with bursts of acidity in the back. The character is muted in this wine's youth, but it is very intense, finishing with delicious fruit that

Hermann J. Wiemer Semi Dry Riesling 2014
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89  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89 "The 2014 Riesling Semi-Dry is, said the winemaker, Wiemer's version of a Kabinett. It still seems largely dry-ish, if not exactly dry. This is a notable drop-off from the Reserves and single-vineyard wines, as you might expect, but it drinks very well. There is not the same level

Hermann J. Wiemer Semi Dry Riesling 2013
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" Riesling is one of the few varietals that shows exceptionally well in all ranges of sweetness. The Semi-Dry Riesling pairs an appropriate balance of sweetness and natural acidity to showcase the variety’s true flavors. An off-dry style allows this wine to be more versatile and often serves as a

Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling 2013
The dry style Riesling is the signature of Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard. With each vintage, we seek to match the appropriate level of fruit flavor with refreshing crispness that lets the true qualities of the Riesling grape shine through. Hints of lime and orange blossom on the nose set the stage for

Hermann J. Wiemer Semi Dry Riesling 2012
"An off-dry style allows this wine to be more versatile and often serves as a compromise wine for those trying to decide between different white styles. This wine remains delicate and fruit forward with lemon zest on the nose and bright tangerine on the tongue, leaving the mouth subtly coated into

Hermann J. Wiemer Frost Cuvee White 2010
" Frost Cuvee is specially crafted each year to best reflect the outcome of the growing season. A differing blend of Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, creates a smooth and approachable off-dry blend. There are bright fruit and floral notes up front while light

Hermann J. Wiemer Estate White 2007
"Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Noir. Perfect balance of the best characteristics from each of the wines. Riesling and Gewurztraminer fruits are enhanced by an overlay of full-bodied complexity from the Chardonnay and Pinot." ~Winery Notes

Hermann J. Wiemer Gewurztraminer 2006
"Medium dry with a beautiful floral nose, full of peaches, apples and melons, and perfumed with rose petals. A light citrus touch to the taste and finish make this an excellent example of "Spicy Traminer." ~ Winery Notes

Hermann J. Wiemer Riesling Dry 2012
"The dry style Riesling is the signature of Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard. Exceptional grapes from each of our three vineyard locations come together to create this mouth-watering wine. This wine is fermented in small lots to ensure quality and then blended to perfection to create an elegant and


Hermann J. Wiemer Semi Dry Riesling 2011
"An off-dry style allows this wine to be more versatile and often serves as a compromise wine for those trying to decide between different white styles. This wine remains delicate and fruit forward with lemon zest on the nose and bright tangerine on the tongue, leaving the mouth subtly coated into