Not many people have, but that didn’t stop Marti and Tom Macinski (right), owners of Standing Stone Vineyards. They planted several rows of Saperavi vines several years ago.
The Saperavi (shown below) comes from the nation of Georgia. It’s an acidic grape used as a common blending grape in Georgia because of that characteristic and the fact its color is intense and the grape lends itself to extended aging and a high alcohol level. It also is a very hardy grape, resistant to cold, always a nice thing in the Finger Lakes.
What the Macinskis’ experiment turned into is an interesting story. You can read it on the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle website.
Standing Stone, founded in 1993, us located near this Schuyler County town at 9934 State Route 414. Phone: (607) 582-6051. The tasting room is open from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, from May 1 to mid-December. Open only on weekends the rest of the year.
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