Little Steps in the Finger Lakes

Keuka Lake Vineyards owner Mel Goldman has his winery on the right trajectory
Little Steps in the Finger Lakes
Keuka Lake's vineyards pitch down toward the winery's namesake. (James Molesworth)
Jul 15, 2016

Mel Goldman figured one thing out right away when he started Keuka Lake Vineyards in the Finger Lakes: Riesling. Tours to the region as a wine enthusiast brought him into contact with the wines. He took bottles back to his friends for a tasting group, and tasted blind against Rieslings from Germany and elsewhere, the New Yorkers prevailed. So that's where he put his focus first.

Located just up the western side of Keuka Lake, Goldman's winery and tasting room is nestled among a small set of unassuming white buildings. What pops visually is the vineyard just below the winery, a slightly flat portion of gravel, clay and silt over shale that drops off dramatically.

Member-Only Content

Premium Subscription

Join today and get immediate access to this article, and to our entire database of more than 400,000 wine ratings. It only takes moments—but it will help you drink better all year long.

Start Free 30-day Trial

Already a member? Sign In

You Might Also Like

Sonoma's Martinelli Family Harvests the Work of Generations

Sonoma's Martinelli Family Harvests the Work of Generations

Sonoma Pinot Noir and Zinfandel star Lee Martinelli Sr. is joined in the vineyards and …

Jun 6, 2022
A Seamless Transition at Merry Edwards

A Seamless Transition at Merry Edwards

Longtime fans of the lauded Russian River Valley Pinot Noir label, now part of Roederer's …

Jun 1, 2022
Thomas Rivers Brown's Passion Project? It's Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Thomas Rivers Brown's Passion Project? It's Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

At Rivers-Marie, the Napa Cabernet star sees a bright future for elegant, old-vine Pinot …

May 25, 2022
The Sonoma Coast Shines at Raen

The Sonoma Coast Shines at Raen

Far from the Mondavi family’s Napa Cabernet roots, Carlo Mondavi is forging his own path …

May 23, 2022
Fine-Tuning a Sonoma Standout at Arista

Fine-Tuning a Sonoma Standout at Arista

The McWilliams brothers, with winemaker Matt Courtney, have sharpened the focus at this …

May 18, 2022
Zinfandel According to Nalle

Zinfandel According to Nalle

The Sonoma veteran's claret-style Zins are back in favor as the next generation refines …

Mar 30, 2022