Richard “John” Lebeck is proud of his newly finished tasting room. The 130 year old barn was originally a grape processing plant and still houses the 4 story pulley system that operated at the turn of the century. For the past two years John has worked on remodeling the barn. All the wood you see on the outside and inside (floors, trim, tasting counter) comes from trees in the front yard that used to block the view of the lake.
And the wines? John has been making wine for many years. Growing up in the Hudson Valley his summer job was working at the High Tour Winery. In the early 70’s John moved to the Finger Lakes and worked for Walter Taylor and Herman Weimer – both early pioneers for Finger Lakes wines. Today John is “having fun” as he and his wife Yvonne manage 26 acres of grapes and produce a range of wines from native and vinifera grapes.