Johnson Estate Winery in semi nearby Westfield, NY
Alright so perhaps you are looking for a weekend getaway, road trip, “get out of dodge” and let’s try some place new… Well here is a possibility but it is a hike-roughly 350 miles from Wilmington.
Johnson Estate Winery is the oldest family owned estate winery in New York. So a perfect reason to add this destination to “your must do and see list”. Production for this winery began back in 1961. It may not seem so old but old enough to hold their “claim”. The third generation of Johnsons has overseen the 110 acres of the vineyard for the past 50 years. They now produce over 30 wines in a lovely laid back setting.
Grapes grown at this estate range from your sweet Concord grape, lightly toned red Delaware grape, and the uncommon bluish Ives grape, then from light reds such as Marechal Foch but progresses to heavier reds like the recently introduce Chambourcin grape and the wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon grape. This present a perfect opportunity to try something new and different. By the way, their Concord grape wine was like liquefied jelly.
In this region the Riesling grape may be the best well known especially around the Finger Lakes of New York. Johnson Estate does import grapes from other vineyards within New York but their Riesling is planted locally near Lake Erie.
Eventually Johnson Winery wants to incorporate the “vino-lok” system on their Riesling wines. This may be one of the most impressive improvements to hit the wine market. In time this remarkable leak proof seal that can be recyclable may be the perfect touch of elegance and a future standard.
One of the best tasting wines I had was their 2009 Dry Riesling. The label was Freelings Creek, Estate Vineyard, Dry Riesling. Great full body with a complimentary mineral back ground flavor. Wonderful melon fruits that was well balanced and perfectly dry. I could easily have more, so I did buy some to take home to bring back those delightful experiences.
Map for Johnson Estate Winery
Stop by daily from 10:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. for free tastings.
Cheers ~Your Local Oenophile