Christopher Missick, an attorney in California with family in the Rochester area, has completed purchase of the business from Michael Litterio and hired Ian Barry as winemaker. Barry had been with Keuka Lake Vineyards in Hammondsport.
The 10-acree Yates County facility is targeting doubling of its output, to 6,000 cases, and expanding some of its main lines such as a semi-sparkling Moscato and the Scooter value label series.
Currently, the 10-acre property has only a few rows of grapevines. Planting a block of Riesling is planned.
“We’ve got a really great slope on the east end of the property that goes toward Seneca Lake,” Missick, who has vacationed near Lake Ontario over the years and plans to relocate here this month, told the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper.
The purchase price for the winery, initially listed at $499,000, was not disclosed.
Villa Bellangelo is located at 150 Poplar Point, overlooking Seneca Lake. Phone: (607) 243-8602.
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