Mouthpiece

Eat, Drink And Be indie: Tasty Recipes, Inspiring Maker Stories & Exclusives Served Daily

Billsboro Winery

A lot of people fall in love with the idea of becoming a winemaker — and a honeymoon is probably one of the most typical moments to have such fantasies! But most of us don't then come home and become successful winemakers.

That's the story of Vinny Aliperti, winemaker and owner of Billsboro Vineyard. Billsboro Winery sits on an idyllic 28 acres overlooking the northern end of Seneca Lake, in the Finger Lakes region of New York, surrounded by century-old walnut trees, terraced fields and a deep wooded ravine.

He's now been making wine for over 15 years, and you could say he's been part of a long Mouth maker lineage. After he fell in love with the idea of winemaking on his honeymoon, Vinny apprenticed at Long Island's Wölffer Estate, then moved his family north to work at the legendary Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard.

A year later, Vinny joined then-startup Atwater Estate Vineyards, where he continues heading up winemaking operations, alongside winemaking at Billsboro. His wife Kim,  a long-time wine enthusiast and manager of operations, was the impetus in moving forward to purchase Billsboro. Don't let their laid-back, humble demeanor fool you, they are making serious wine— their dynamic approach has earned praise both locally and nationally.

maker website: billsborowinery.com

Article index

  • Nate Duval

    Nate Duval is an illustrator, printmaker and merch-maker based in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. He studied advertising design at Syracuse University where...

    Read more
  • Undercover Chocolate Co.

    Diana Levy has been a serious chocoholic for as long as she or anyone can remember. From stashing boxes of...

    Read more
  • BloomThat

    BloomThat is on a mission to make sending a little something a big movement. Founded in 2013 by friends David...

    Read more
  • Mah-ze-dahr Bakery

    Umber Ahmad, founder and head chef of Mah-ze-dahr, grew up based in northern Michigan but also traveling the world. Her...

    Read more
  • Next