Enjoy friendly staff, antique decor, and the casual atmosphere of Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards on beautiful Seneca Lake, home of the Red Cat! Visit us and see why we were voted one of the top 25 tasting rooms in the United States. Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2008.
Reservations required for groups of 8 or more.
November-May, Monday-Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 11-5pm
June-October, Monday-Saturday 10-5:30, Sunday 11-5:30
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Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards was named one of America’s Top 25 Tasting Rooms in the May 2008 issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine. Wine journalist Mort Hochstein writes “this is an old-time Finger Lakes vineyard that turned to winemaking with Red Cat (Red Catawba) … in the early 1980’s. The Red Cat attitude carries over today in a rustic, rambling tasting room where the popcorn is free and blues and Jimmy Buffet tunes play nonstop. It’s more like a good-times pub where people have been known to hang out all day. The Hazlitts now make fine vinifera, but haven’t forsaken their roots.”
Leigh (Hazlitt) Triner, Vice President of the winery comments “we’re proud that we make fun and award-winning wines of all style that everyday people enjoy in a laidback atmosphere. This is the tradition started by our mom and dad, Elaine and Jerry Hazlitt back in 1984, which we carry on each day.”
In selecting America’s top tasting rooms, Wine Enthusiast editors and contributors nominated tasting rooms that were memorable for reasons including “wine quality, décor, staff savvy, amenities… and overall quirkiness and warmth” according to the publication.
Of the twenty-five wineries represented, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards was the only Finger Lakes winery making the list.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards is the recipient of the 2009 Conservation Farmer of the Year award presented by the Schuyler County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) at its Annual Luncheon held Monday at the Human Services Complex in Montour Falls.
The award is “meant to recognize farmers who have been committed to conservation for a number of years,” said Elaine Dalrymple, District Field Manager, who presented this year’s award.
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards -- a grape grower and winery in the Town of Hector -- is owned by Elaine Hazlitt and her son, Doug Hazlitt, and daughter, Leigh Hazlitt Triner. John Santos, their vineyard manager, was also recognized.
“Nearly everyone in Schuyler County knows that the Hazlitt family is one of the oldest farm families in the county, with a long tradition of protecting their natural resources,” said Anthony J. Specchio, Chairman of the Schuyler SWCD Board of Directors. “This farm uses cover crops and mulch between their vineyard rows and they keep their headland areas vegetated to prevent soil erosion. They use integrated pest management (IPM) and nutrient management practices to reduce pesticide and nutrient runoff, and even produce their own compost, mixing grape pomace with horse manure.”
Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM), a statewide program helping farm families continue to farm cleaner and greener in today’s globally competitive environment, has been embraced by Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, says Jerry Verrigni, District Manager. “They have participated in all levels or tiers of AEM, from planning to implementation and evaluation of best management practices. They have installed an agrichemical mixing facility to prevent pesticide spills, they are presently working with SWCD on evaluating all their pesticides for runoff and leaching potential from vineyard sites, and they participate in Vine Balance, an AEM program that promotes sustainable practices by growers, processors and wineries."
This is the third annual Conservation Farmer award since the District revived its recognition program started years ago. "We feel it is very important to recognize the efforts of our farmers to protect the environment,” says Dalrymple. “Today’s farms may look different than those of past generations, but new technology doesn’t replace age-old stewardship practices -- and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards is a wonderful example of a farm carrying on the tradition of conservation started generations ago.”
“Just like my father, grandfather and great grandfathers did for their children, I am doing the right things to keep this land in farming and to be a good neighbor,” said Doug Hazlitt. “Protecting soil and water is just good business; we make our living from the land and we care about protecting our soil and water resources for future generations.”