Ledge Rock Hill Winery released its first commercial vintage just last year. In its brief lifespan, owners Gary and Debra Akrop have been picking up some nice honors here and there, but their latest is making them even more of a force to be reckoned with.
Their 2009 Marquette was given a Double Gold (unanimous award by the judges) and moved into the Sweepstakes round in last week’s prestigious Florida State Fair Wine & Grape Competition in Tampa. (Details of how New York entries did overall are here.)
Gary calls the Marquette “a Minnesota” variety wine,” not surprising since he works with cool-climate grapes. The Marquette hybrid was developed at the University of Minnesota’s Agricultural Experiment Station. Gary earned a silver medal with his 2008 Marquette in the amatauer winemaker category of the Indy International Wine Competition in 2009, a nice honor before turning pro.
At Ledge Rock, fruit harvested from its vineyard as well as fruit purchased from several vineyards is used in production of the wines.
“Our fermentations take place in food-grade macro-bins or stainless steel tanks under controlled conditions,” Gary explains. “We hand tool punch down during fermentation and press our reds as gently as possible. All of our transfers are done with the least amount of turbulence to preserve the freshness of our wines. Our red wines are made from grapes we crush at our winery. We age our red wines in American and/or French
oak barrels. … Our white wines are fermented at cool temperatures and aged in stainless steel to bring the true varietal character of the grape forward. ”
Ledge Rock is located at 41 Stewart Dam Road, Corinth. The interior of the production facility still is being renovated and the tasting room (seen above) is closed from January through March. Phone: (518) 654-5467.
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