Shalestone Vineyards Red Legend
Established: 1995 Owners: Rob Thomas and Kate Thomas Vineyards: 6.5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Pinot Noir Philosophy: Tune into nature, go with the natural ebb and flow of life. Red wines best reflect the complexity of life as they are built in layers, much like experiences and relationships. Seasonal Hours: Saturdays in April 12-5 pm, Friday through Sund... Read more
Established: 1995 Owners: Rob Thomas and Kate Thomas Vineyards: 6.5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Pinot Noir Philosophy: Tune into nature, go with the natural ebb and flow of life. Red wines best reflect the complexity of life as they are built in layers, much like experiences and relationships. Seasonal Hours: Saturdays in April 12-5 pm, Friday through Sunday starting April 24, through the month of September. 12-5pm. Thursday through Monday, July through September 12-5pm. Fridays 12-5pm in October. Your Visit: Spending time with our customers in our relaxed atmosphere is a must. Groups of 8+ are highly discouraged. We appreciate your respecting this. Rob and Kate moved to the Finger Lakes area in the late 1970's and began a life long journey into the world of wine. They purchased 13½ acres on the east side of Seneca Lake in the early 80's. Clearing the land of native cedar trees they built their home and started planting their vineyards. Recognizing the potential in the shallow mineral-rich soil and the unique niche for a small producer making RED WINE only, Shalestone Vineyards was born. In 1998 Rob and Kate designed and built Shalestone's retail and production buildings on Rte 414 in Lodi. The retail sales room is an elfin-like building with a wrap-around porch that uses the cedar trees from the vineyard property as posts. Both the warehouse and the production building are nestled into the hillside using the earth to keep the temperature constant year round. The interior doors and trim are finished in black walnut, butternut and cedar wood all from trees cut from the vineyard property. The pair have been doing most of the work themselves, from the vineyard to the wine cellar to the bottle and then into the glass for customers to taste. In 2008 their son Seth joined them as the Vineyard Manager. A visit to the tasting room is a mellow and often enlightening experience. Occasionally there is discussion about the wines, but other life focus chats are more common. Our wine is a slice of our life that you can enjoy when you visit, but away from our premises, it still has soul. Rob now has over 20 years of commercial vineyard and winemaking experience and is a consultant for several new wineries in the Finger Lakes region. Shalestone’s goal is to make red wines that are uniquely different from the other leading wine regions of the world but just as complex. Shalestone Vineyards is not just a business, it is our creative outlet, an opportunity that allows us to create and control a life style of our own. It is a joy to enhance the quality of life with our wine. Read less
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