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.