AZURE HILL WINERY

A UNIQUE WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE

Customers who visit Azure Hill Winery are given personal attention by the owners while tasting some of the finest handcrafted wines in the area. Conversations start with details about our wines, the wine making process, the region, grape growing, and a variety of topics. We are a small farm winery, on the Westside of Keuka Lake, in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. Established in 2006, the first acre of Riesling vines were planted by hand. Presently, there are more acres of Zweigelt and Saperavi vineyards planted along Gallagher Road. The site was chosen for the beautiful view of the lake, the bluff, rolling hills, and excellent soil conditions. Azure Hill Winery produces Rieslings and red wines from estate grown grapes, the Finger Lakes and New York regions. Our most popular wines are our Sparkling Rieslings made in the traditional méthode champenoise style. Leslie Knipe and husband Joe Sheehy, each year allow estate grown grapes; Riesling and Zweigelt to dictate the final product. Leslie has a background is in public relations/media and graphic design, Joe is a former Wine Sales/Educator/Chef.

The adventure began in 2004 after searching for a year and a half in choosing the site, for the winery. Chosen because of the beautiful view of the lake, and the bluff, as well as the site's rolling hills, and soil content. In 2006 seven rows of Riesling were planted by hand and every few years more are added to that block.

Azure Hill Sparkling Riesling Brut

Handcrafted from estate grown Riesling, our Riesling Brut is well balanced with beautiful fruit and refreshing acidity. Elegant clean, crisp with a hint of citrus. Created in the traditional style of methode champenoise. Limited release.

NY White Blend 2016, New York State White Wine

A unique white blend of Tocai Friulano, Pinot Blanc, and Chenin Blanc grapes from the Hudson River Valley, NY. Produced and bottled at Azure Hill. It is a fruit forward aromatic easy drinking wine.

Azure Hill Riesling 2016

Drought driven - scorcher of a growing season produced a very bold, full bodied Riesling with notes of pineapple and tropical fruits with balanced acidity that leap out of the glass for your tasting experience. Enjoy it on its own or with a variety of cuisines. Produced from our estate grown grapes, handpicked, and bottled at Azure Hill Winery.

Azure Hill CHAMBOURCIN ROSÉ 2017

Light, fruity, well balanced rosé wine. Slightly spicy, with black cherry and raspberry flavors, and a range of herbal characteristics. Keuka Lake Grown, estate produced and bottled.

Azure Hill Zweigelt 2017

Handcrafted from estate grown grapes, our Zweigelt is a medium body red wine with cherry notes aroma & flavor. Great with a variety of different cuisines. Produced in extremely limited quantities.

Azure Hill SWEET CHAMBOURCIN 2017

Rich, fruity aroma. Slightly spicy, with black cherry & raspberry. Perfect for sipping anytime, or after a meal. Keuka Lake Grown, estate produced and bottled.

Azure Hill Sweet Riesling 2015

The recovery vintage... After one of the coldest winters on record and a loss of 60% of grape yields, 2015 is one of our smallest productions to date. With a small quantity of grapes grown in our vineyard, they reached maximum ripeness to make a full body sweet wine with notes of ripe peaches and papaya on both the nose and palate. Produced from our estate grown grapes, handpicked, and bottled at Azure Hill Winery.

Azure Hill Wines are available for purchase at the winery. Taste 7 wines for $5.00 per person, keep your glass as a souvenir. Purchase one bottle of wine, get one free tasting. Wines are $4.00 by the glass, Sparkling Wines are $5.00 per glass. Case and half case discounts are available. Active military and veterans discounts available, please show I.D. 21 and over strictly enforced, please have your I.D. ready.

Other notes:

Azure Hill Riesling - 2012 Winner of a silver medal - Grand Harvest Awards competition 2013 and a bronze medal. 2013 New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition.

A small block of Zweigelt, a medium body red varietal, are planted on the property directly next to the winery near Gallagher road.

Saperavi, was planted in the Spring of 2017 east of the winery on Gallagher Road. Saperavi grapes are a deep rich red varietal originally from the former Republic of Georgia, Soviet Union. In a few years they should be ready for harvest and bottling.


Also available at these locations:

  • Stew Leonard's Wines, Farmingdale, and Stew Leonard's Wines and Spirits of Carle Place, LI, NY
  • The Lakeside Restaurant & Tavern, 13780 West Lake Road, Hammondsport, NY, (607) 868-3636. Visit Lakeside Restaurant.com!
  • Village Inn & Tavern Inn, 30 Mechanic Street, Hammondsport, NY, (607) 569-2528. Visit Village Tavern Inn.com!
  • Email us at sales@azurehillwinery.com; or visit Stew Leonard's Wines of Farmingdale, LI, NY (631) 249-3611; Carle Place, LI, NY (516) 742-2588
  • Tasting room hours: Thursday - Monday, 11:00am to 5:00pm. We are located at 8716 Gallagher Rd., Hammondsport, NY. The Winery is located below the white ranch home, enter to the left past the barrels. The parking lot is on the left after you enter from the road, please do not block the walkway near the barrels or park in front of the private home. Visitors must be 21 to drink. Buses and Limos, please call ahead. We have the right to ask any group or person to leave if we feel it is necessary. No pets please. Children should be attended to at all times. If you have special needs please let us know at the time of your call. Call us at: (607) 868-5702, for more information. Mailing address: P.O. Box 377, Hammondsport, NY 14840.
  • The Website is currently under construction: designer/webmaster: Leslie Knipe.