Customers who visit Azure Hill Winery receive personal attention by the owners while tasting some of the finest handcrafted wines in the area. Conversations range from our wines, the wine making process, the region, grape growing, and a variety of topics. We are a small farm winery, on the west side of Keuka Lake, in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. Established in 2006, the first acre of Riesling vines were planted by hand. Zweigelt and Saperavi are 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.

Azure Hill Riesling 2017

Dry, crisp and bold. Aromas of citrus, green apple and quince on the nose. Bright refreshing mouth watering acidity, lemon-lime, floral melon; and a smooth mouth feel on the palate. Hand harvested over a twelve day period from 100% estate grown grapes. 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 Sweet Riesling 2017

Notes of peach, melon and citrus on the nose. Displays a range of tropical fruits from tangerine and lemon lime with balanced bright acidity. Produced from our estate grown grapes, handpicked, and bottled at Azure Hill Winery.

Available in Spring 2019:

  • Azure Hill Riesling 2018, estate grown and bottled
  • Azure Hill Sweet Riesling 2018, estate grown and bottled
  • Azure Hill Zweigelt 2018, estate grown and bottled
  • Azure Hill Chambourcin Rosé 2018
  • Azure Hill Sweet Chambourcin 2018
  • Azure Hill Sparkling Apple Wine, and more...
  • Azure Hill Wines are available for purchase at the winery. Taste 3 wines for $3.00 per person, including one resample if you would like to try a wine again before your purchase. Keep the glass as a souvenir. Purchase one bottle of wine, get one free tasting. Wines are $4.00 by the glass, Sparkling Wines are $8.00 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 year or so, a small crop 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!
    • Village Inn & Tavern Inn, 30 Mechanic Street, Hammondsport, NY, (607) 569-2528. Visit Village Tavern!
    • Email us at; or visit Stew Leonard's Wines of Farmingdale, LI, NY (631) 249-3611; Carle Place, LI, NY (516) 742-2588
    • The tasting room is currently closed as we are sold out of all our wines. We will reopen in spring 2019. Please check back for updates. 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.