Hunt Country Vineyards

Art and Joyce Hunt, founders and owners of Hunt Country Vineyards, first met in high school in Corning, New York. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1971, Joyce began her career as a social worker. Art received his BS in Management from Virginia Tech the same year. He started selling insurance, but was "saved" by the flood of 1972: HUD needed people to help victims get settled in temporary housing.

In 1973, Art and Joyce moved to the 170-acre farm of Art's grandfather in Branchport. The farm's proximity to Keuka Lake and soil were extremely promising for growing superior wine grapes. They planted about 50 acres of premium varieties for eventual sale to wine producers. It took a few years for the vines to mature and yield wine-quality fruit. Then Coca-Cola Company purchased Taylor/Great Western Wine Company and moved all operations to California. The market for wine grapes collapsed, bankrupting many growers. Art and Joyce evaluated the idea of a small farm winery and in 1981 launched Finger Lakes Wine Cellars, which they guided from a small proprietorship to incorporation in 1985. In the fall of 1987, they formed Hunt Country Vineyards, with the logo combining Art's family name and Joyce's love of horses.

Art handles regulatory, fiscal and legal issues for the business, and maintains an active schedule in front of the public at festivals and tastings. He enjoys working with his hands, and around the farm, there is never a lack of things to fix! He is an active member of the Branchport–Keuka Park Volunteer Fire Department, and though rarely has the time, loves to sail with family and friends.

Joyce is extremely active in the business, in strategic analysis, designing and planning of (and even cooking for!) major events, banking and public relations. She was appointed by Gov. Cuomo in 1987 to the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. She is a founding member and past president of the Keuka Lake Wine Trail, and serves in several other local organizations. She divides her free time among riding, walking and reading.

Art and Joyce are recipients of the 1999 Unity Award of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation for major achievements in promoting unity in the industry.

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Hunt Country Vineyards Vignoles 2016
" We’ve been growing Vignoles since 1985 and it’s been a customer favorite for just as long. This luscious vintage bursts with citrus and exotic fruit flavors. Wonderfully delicious on its own or with spicy foods. " ~ Winery notes
Item Number: 31369
Case: $119.40

Hunt Country Vineyards Moscato
When we think of summer, we think of a refreshing Moscato. Our Valvin Muscat grapes make a beautiful wine, so we added some bubbles to create this extra special treat that's lively and sweet. A floral bouquet accompanied by flavors of apricot and peach make our Moscato absolutely delightful with
Item Number: 29466
Case: $155.40

Hunt Country Vineyards Chardonnay
" Winemaker Brian Barry chose to co-innoculate this Chardonnay -- primary and malolactic fermentation were performed simultaneously -- to limit the development of unflattering flavors and excessive butteriness in the mouthfeel. The wine was then aged 8 months in Virginia barrels to give this wine a
Item Number: 20467
Case: $149.40
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Hunt Country Vineyards Late Harvest Vignoles 375ml
Please note this is a 375mL (wine) bottle, which is smaller than a regular 750mL bottle!
" Our Late Harvest Vignoles is a seductively sweet after-dinner white wine in the Sauternes and Beerenauslese traditions that bursts with fresh citrus and exotic fruit flavors. Enjoy with apple, pear or nut tarts, with bleu cheese, or all by itself. " ~ Winery notes
Item Number: 17004
Case: $185.40

Hunt Country Vineyards Hunter's Red
"Hunter's Red is a unique, non-traditional red wine. We blend 2 red grapes with 1 white grape and forgo oak aging to produce a red wine that is hearty but low in tannins, smooth and easy." ~ Christopher Wirth, Winemaker
Item Number: 5888
Case: $107.40

Hunt Country Vineyards Classic Red
"Hunt Country Vineyards Classic Red is a beautifully-balanced medium-bodied Beaujolais-style red wine. We blend and oak age DeChaunac, Rougeon and Baco Noir grapes to produce a wine with a complex fruit character that is dry, smooth and modestly oaked." ~ Christopher Wirth, Winemaker
Item Number: 9911
Case: $107.40

Hunt Country Vineyards Vignoles 2015
" In the 2015 vintage, we again blended grapes from our South and Main vineyards to provide the balance of natural acidity and sweetness that is crucial to the lush fruit flavors of Vignoles. The result is a fiesta of flavor, with vibrant citrus and tropical fruit notes. I recommend enjoying it

Hunt Country Vineyards Vignoles 2014
" In the 2014 vintage, we again blended grapes from our South and Main vineyards to provide the bal-ance of natural acidity and sweetness that is the secret to Vignoles. The result is a fiesta of flavor, with vibrant citrus and tropical fruit notes. I recommend

Hunt Country Vineyards Vignoles 2013
" Vignoles is a fiesta of flavor! A little sweet and a little tart, our award-winning Vignoles displays lively citrus and tropical fruit notes. ~ Winery notes

Hunt Country Vineyards Semi Dry Riesling 2011
"Our classic Semi-Dry Riesling is a Hunt family favorite and a mainstay of our Thanksgiving table. Its beautiful balance makes it extremely versatile in pairing with a wide variety of meats, including turkey. This 2010 vintage is soft and fresh, with hints of apples and melons, and just a touch of

Hunt Country Vineyards Dry Riesling 2010
 "Art and I released our first Riesling, a semi-dry version, in 1984. Over the years we began to  wonder how a drier version might pair with certain foods, especially shellfish. We released our  first vintage of Dry Riesling in 2003. It was rated a Best Buy by The Wine Enthusiast, but more

Hunt Country Vineyards Pinot Gris 2013
"The French term Pinot Gris refers to the same grape that Italians call Pinot Grigio. Pinot Grigio wines are often lighter, fruitier and occasionally sweeter than their French counterparts. We produce our Pinot Gris in the more austere French style, to emphasize its wonderful mineral and floral

Hunt Country Vineyards Late Harvest Vignoles 07 375ml
"A fungus, botrytis cinerea, dubbed by the French the 'noble rot', often forms on the highly acidic Vignoles grapes, adding complexity to the flavor profile of the wine, including sensations of honey. Combined with a semi-sweet, fruit-driven finish, the natural acidity helps produce an aromatic wine

Hunt Country Vineyards Foxy Lady Blush
"Foxy Lady Blush features the vibrant grape flavor of the Catawba, a native American grape grown in the heart of the celebrated Finger Lakes wine region. Serve nicely chilled on its own, or blended with equal parts of fruit sherbet and ice to make a delicious "Foxy Lady Slushy"." ~Winery Notes