LAKE GEORGE, NY — The Adirondack Winery has expanded — and moved its wine making operation to a new 4,000-square-foot space.
Sasha Pardy, co-owner and president of the micro-winery that opened 2½ years ago in downtown Lake George, today announced that the company “has relocated its wine making operation … to a brand-new facility on Big Bay Road in Queensbury.” However, its tasting room will remain at 285 Canada Street here in Lake George.
Sasha and co-owner Michael Pardy, the winemaker, are planning to undertake “a major renovation” of the tasting room space in January to include an upgraded tasting bar about triple the size of the current facility.
The Pardys opened their 1,800-square-foot winery and tasting room in Lake George in April 2008. About one-third of the space is reserved for the tasting bar and retail area, which features a viewing window to the back of the space where their 35 wines had been made.
“We’re very fortunate to say that ever since we opened people have increasingly recognized the quality of our wines and become very loyal returning customers. Additionally, the wine tasting experience we offer has quickly become one of the most popular attractions in Lake George as couples and families of all ages have expressed their pleasure at having a unique and different way to enjoy the time they spend in Lake George Village,” said Sasha Pardy. “The winery has been voted the No. 1 Best Place for Wine and No. 1 Best Gift Shop in Lake George two years in a row on LakeGeorge.com’s annual survey. And, on the world’s most popular travel website, TripAdvisor.com, Adirondack Winery is rated as No. 1 of 19 attractions in Lake George with a 4.5 star rating.
“While it’s a good problem to have,” added Michael, “the popularity of our wines has exceeded our expectations each season since we’ve been open, leaving us in the tough spot of not being able to make enough wine in our small Lake George space to keep up with customer demand.”
The Pardys began their business primarily by making their wines in small glass carboys and pails. The new facility has numerous large stainless steel wine tanks, as well as semi-automatic bottling and corking machines (shown above right).
“At capacity,” Sasha said, “we expect this facility to meet our needs until our production hits about 10,000 cases of wine annually, which means it should last us another handful of years. … There is land for us to expand on this building if we need to.”
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