CAYUGA LAKE WINE TRAIL MEMBER
Cobblestone Farm Winery & Vineyard is located on the northwest shore of Cayuga Lake. It is a 148 acre farm that traces its roots to January 7, 1811, “the 35th year of our independence”. On that date, the state of New York gave the northern portion of the breathtaking property to Samuel Falkinburg as a reward for his military service during the revolutionary war. Mr. Falkinburg died in January 1839, leaving the property and the farm equipment to his sons. His wife Penelope did not fare as well. He left her “one good feather bed & bedding, comfortable & decent support of food, raiment in time of health, and doctoring in time of sickness” to be furnished to her by her sons “ so long as she remained a widow and no longer”. At that time, Penelope had no guaranteed rights over her children and no control of her property and wages. We can only wonder what Penelope thought about the women’s rights movement born only 13 miles away in the city of Seneca Falls in 1848. The southern portion of the property was owned by Simon Ritter. Sometime around 1833, the stately cobblestone house was built by Julius Bull for Ritter. Just behind the house is a German fore bay barn made of hand hewn logs. It was built sometime during the period 1820-1830.
For most of the 20th century the property was operated as a farm; the house was used primarily in the summer. The farm was known for its peach crop, plums, cherries and raspberries. It now features 20 acres of 30 year old wine grapes (Baco Noir, Catawba, DeChaunac, Seyval & Vignoles), 6 acres of 3 year old wine grapes(Riesling, Cabernet Franc & Lemberger), 3 acres of table grapes (Relience, Lakemont and Vanessa), and 5 acres of sweet and tart cherries. While vineyards have graced the property for over 60 years, the current owners are the first to make and sell wine (at least the first to do so legally!).
Today, 196 years after New York State gifted the property to Falkinburg, a transformation is in the works. The northern portion of the property showcases Cobblestone Farm’s new tasting room. The cobblestone house will one day become Cobblestone Farm’s bed and breakfast. And, the barns will one day become an annex to the bed and breakfast and a conference center.
You can enjoy our award winning wines while overlooking the vineyard, the cherry orchard and Cayuga Lake. Sample jellies, preserves, butters, hot sauces, mustards, and salsas. You are invited to relax and stay a while on our grounds; linger in our rocking chairs on our front porch, or picnic on our grounds. In June and July, you may also pick sweet and tart cherries from our orchard.
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