Wagner is one of the Finger Lakes Region’s few estate wineries, which means that we grow all of the grapes used to produce our wine. We cultivate 20 grape varieties on 250 acres, all adjacent to or within a few miles of the winery.
The winery's prime location on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake contributes to the superior quality of the grapes. The unique combination of deep water (parts of Seneca Lake are over 600 feet deep) and sloping hillside provides a natural temperature moderator, protecting the vines against extreme temperature changes.
Grape varieties under cultivation include: Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Seyval Blanc, Melody, Vignoles, Vidal, Cayuga White, DeChaunac, Delaware and Niagara.
The Wagner philosophy has always been that great wines begin in the vineyard. The winery’s success can be attributed to the emphasis placed on quality control; from soil to wine, each step of the viticultural and winemaking processes are subject to strict standards of excellence.