Forging Ahead in the Finger Lakes

At Forge Cellars, Louis Barruol and Rick Rainey are setting a new standard in New York
Forging Ahead in the Finger Lakes
Forge's young vines came from the Hermann J. Wiemer nursery. (James Molesworth)
Aug 3, 2016

Based on the street cred earned at his Château de St.-Cosme estate in Gigondas, vigneron Louis Barruol could have easily picked a more prominent spot to extend his efforts. But he chose the very non-Rhône climate of New York's Finger Lakes, and the very non-Rhône grapes Riesling and Pinot Noir, to try his hand at something new.

"I always wanted to create a vineyard from zero," says Barruol of his decision. "I wanted to grow grapes I like in their northern climate limit, in a great soil, giving a clear identity with an idea of origin. I wanted to make wine that could age. It had to be a place where the land was not too expensive. I love Riesling and Pinot. The combination of all of that worked very well in the Lakes."

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