Stories of Seneca – Atwater Estate Vineyards
Owners George and Aimee Nosis
Why did you choose Seneca Lake? Or if it was already “chosen” – why did you stay
In 2007, we were living in Arizona and visited Watkins Glen for a vacation, coincidentally the weekend of the Waterfront Festival and the Cardboard Boat Regatta. The area had such a special feel, but we never dreamed we would end up living here. When a job offer allowed us to move to the area, first to Ithaca, we jumped at the opportunity. George started working at Atwater in 2014, and by then we were looking to move outside Ithaca. We were comfortable with Seneca Lake and were lucky to find a property very close to the winery.
What makes Seneca Lake special to you?
The view never gets old! Our unique site, one of the best on Seneca Lake, offers a gorgeous panorama and produces exceptional grapes. To be a part of Atwater for so long and now to own it is amazing. George hopes to continue improving the quality of the grapes and the land through sustainable farming practices and responsible stewardship.
What is your favorite thing about Seneca Lake?
We never get tired of the beauty of the area and the spectacular sunsets, and we appreciate how the lake helps the grapes grow so well here. The small, tight-knit community of winemakers, and the interesting work of diverse individuals from farmers to distillers to brewers makes the area, particularly Hector, special, and we love going to Toni’s and knowing everyone in the dining room.
If you had to recommend one thing for a visitor to do while visiting (other than drink wine, of course) – what would it be?
The Women’s Rights National Historical Park, site of the first Women’s Rights Convention in the US, offers a glimpse into the history of women’s suffrage and continuing civil rights issues. (George)
Depending on COVID restrictions, a visit to the Farm Sanctuary, where you can meet farm animal ambassadors, is such a treat. It is a sanctuary not just for animals but for people, too, and you’ll be amazed at the unique personalities of the cows, pigs, goats, and chickens you see. (Aimee)
Anything else we should know?
We have four dogs—three rescue pugs and an adopted puggle.
To learn more about Atwater Estate Vineyards – visit their website.