DUNDEE, NY -- Glenora Wine Cellars likes to rack up firsts.
It was the first winery founded on Seneca Lake and, on the Fourth of July, will be the first winery in the U.S. to adopt the environmentally friendly AstraPouch package.
Glenora will sell its new Trestle Creek Riesling in 1.5-liter pouches. They are manufactured in Penfield, Monroe County, by AstraPouch North America.
The pouches, which take the place of wine boxes, are made of multi-playered plastic and have a one-way spigot to prevent oxygen from seeping in. They measure about 7-by-10 inches, and are two inches thick when filled with the equivalent of two standard 750ml bottles.
Glenora is in the process of bagging the equivalent of 4,000 cases of Riesling at the winery. The first release will be in New York State by Empire Merchants North, as well as in the Glenora tasting room.
“Our next product will be a Chardonnay,” Glenora President Glen Pierce told Wines & Vines.com. “We have limited distribution in two or three other states, and we’re looking for interest. If it turns out as we hope, we’ll be looking for broader distribution.”
Glenora was opened in 1977 by Pierce, Eastman Beers, Edward Dalrymple and Howard Kimball. It now is owned by Pierce and Scott Welliver. The complex has expanded over the years to include a 30-room inn, a restaurant, and expanded tasting facilities. It was named the Tasters Guild International's "Winery of the Year" in 2009.
The complex is located at 5435 Route 14. Phone: (800) 243-5513. The retail shop is open every day except Christmas.
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