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Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyards

Hermann J. Wiemer emigrated from Germany in the 1960s. He realized that the Finger Lakes region felt like home - as in the climate was incredible similar to the Mosel region in Germany, so he decided to plant German wine grapes and see what happened.

His mother's family made wine in Germany's famous Mosel Valley for more than 300 years and Hermann had learned to graft grapes by hand as a child, then studied winemaking at the acclaimed Viticultural Research institute in Neustadt which only accepted 3 people per year. In 2003 his long-time apprentice Fred Merwarth took over winemaking and in 2007 Hermann officially retired, confident he'd left his much loved grapes in good hands.