Although other uses also are being made of the depot that was closed by the U.S. Department of the Army in 2000, the preservation of this biological anomaly is perhaps the most fascinating. Seneca White Deer Inc., a 501 c(3) nonprofit organization, was formed to help preserve the unique herd, the world’s largest grouping of the recessive-gene form of the white-tailed deer. To be specific, the deer are not albinos. While their coats are white, their eyes and skin are normally pigmented.
As a means to raise funds to help the ongoing protection project, Heron Hill Winery is partnering with Seneca White Deer. For the remainder of this year, $2 from every bottle of Heron Hill’s Semi-Dry Riesling sold at the winery on Keuka Lake and at their two off-site tasting rooms on Seneca and Canandaigua lakes will go directly to benefit the Seneca White Deer. This is the winery’s most popular wine.
John Ingle, Heron Hill owner and an avid conservationist, says, “We’re honored to stand up for these unique and beautiful creatures and urge you to learn more about them and support our efforts to preserve them.”
An Environmental Stewardship Luncheon has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 6, at the German House in Rochester to mark the start of this fundraising partnership.
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