I’m not much of a wine connoisseur, but Mr. Mecomber is a former wine steward and server at some of Upstate New York’s ritzy hotels and restaurants. One thing I do know, however, is that I love Montezuma wine. I reviewed their Cranberry Bog wine a few years ago. It’s so wonderful that we have incorporated it into our traditional Thanksgiving dinner, our biggest holiday celebration of the year.
While we visited the Seneca Falls/Geneva areas of the Finger Lakes in February, we made it a point to visit the lovely Montezuma Winery store in Seneca Falls. It is a marvelous little place!
I really liked the carved wooden eagle in front of the store.
The store is filled with the crafts of the winery. The founder of Montezuma Wines, George Martin, had been a beekeeper for 30 years. He tried his hand at making mead (which I’d love to try someday!) and progressed into making fruit wines from the abundant fruits of Upstate New York. This is a snippet of history from the MontezumaWinery.com website:
In 1998 with dropping honey prices and increasing costs the family now with son Bill, began niche marketing their honey. Bill had always dabbled in mead making and home brewing. The Martin Family applied for a farm winery license in 1999 and commercial production of honey wine began. Soon after Martin’s Honey Farm and Meadery in Sterling, New York was born.
In 2001, the Martin’s realized the importance of their location in the fruit belt of New York and decided to try their hand at making fruit wines. The concept of Montezuma Winery was then formed. Montezuma Winery quickly took off and was a great success, so much so that we moved the production facilities and gift shop to our 14,000 square foot building in Seneca Falls. Although we do produce high quality grape wines, the focus of our product line is still towards fruit and honey wines.
The store is very pleasant to peruse. The shelves are filled with all sorts of wine-related and New York-related accessories and knick-knacks. We picked up a lovely Montezuma Winery cork opener and are pleased with the quality.
The young gentleman who worked there, Kevin, was exceptionally friendly and poured us some complimentary wine to taste. Oh, everything is SO good. The blueberry wine is very, very good. It would be all too easy to spend a great deal of money there. 🙂 We had to restrain ourselves with three bottles.
Montezuma Winery is so named for the nearby Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. I have a personal connection with Montezuma, as my ancestor assisted Dr. Peter Clarke in founding Howland’s Island and caring for the Montezuma estate in the 1800’s.
The Montezuma Winery is very accessible, right on Route 20. The area is very scenic and it’s a wonderful drive.
2981 U.S. Route 20
Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Note: I was unfortunately not compensated in any way for this post about the Montezuma Winery, nor did I receive any free products for it. Rats, maybe next time! 🙂