Friday, January 26, 2007

Hermann Wiemer Profiled in Associated Press

Hermann Wiemer was profiled by the Associated Press, and the story ran across the country, being carried at, The Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. See a portion below and there's a link to the Miami Herald page for the below.

Associated Press
German Earns NY a Seat at Fine-Wine Table
January 22, 2007

Hermann Wiemer, a German expatriate, bought an abandoned soybean farm in the hilly Finger Lakes region 1973 and put his winemaking pedigree to the test, turning it into a vineyard.

Since then, Wiemer has turned out some of the nation's best rieslings, and his viticultural know-how has literally rooted the vinifera revolution in New York. His first riesling and chardonnay vintages in 1979 won gold in New York competitions.

"When I started, vinifera were going for $600-700 a ton," he said. "Now we get up to $1,800 a ton for riesling. We're the highest priced riesling grape in the country."

The cool climate and gravelly soil in the area reminded him of the Mosel Valley in Europe, where his mother's family has made wine for 300 years and his father led efforts to restock vineyards decimated during World War II.