The powers that be at the Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard today announced completion of its new covered press pad, just in time for the upcoming 2014 grape harvest. At the same time, they announced release of two new Rieslings from grapes harvested last fall.
The new structure, designed by Tom Johnson, is built around a reconstructed vintage barn. Many of its original qualities were retained to insure that the building fits into the agricultural landscape and the winery setting, while fulfilling all functions needed. It will be used to protect both the grapes and the harvest staff from the challenging weather conditions during the long days and nights of sorting and pressing.
As to the wine releases, they are an estate-grown 2013 Reserve Dry Riesling and the single-vineyard "HJW" Riesling 2013. They are in a style similar to 2013 Rieslings the winery released earlier. The Reserve is 12/7% abv with 0.8% residual sugar. The HJW, made from grapes grown adjacent to the winery, is 12.3% abv with 0.8% RS. Both are available for sale online.
The HJW Vineyard site was planted in 1976 at the same location as the winery and represents Wiemar's first planting of Riesling and Chardonnay.
Wiemer, a much-decorated wine producer, was founded by its namesake in the 1960s when he emigrated to the Finger Lakes from Bernkastel, Germany. His mother’s family had been making wine in Germany’s Mosel Valley for more than 300 years. His father, Josef, had been in charge of the agricultural experiment station in Bernkastel and was responsible for restoring vines in the Mosel region after World War II.
The Wiemer Vineyard is located at 3962 Route 14 in Dundee, Yates County. Phone: 607-243-7971 or 800-371-7971.