CAYUGA LAKE WINE TRAIL MEMBER
For more than thirty years, George Martin had been a beekeeper. George, along with wife, Virginia and son Ed, maintained and built a honey production and pollination business which contained two thousand hives and took place in Maine, New York, Florida and South Carolina. In 1998 with dropping honey prices and increasing costs the family now with son Bill, began niche marketing their honey. Bill had always dabbled in mead making and home brewing. The Martin Family applied for a farm winery license in 1999 and commercial production of honey wine began. Soon after Martin’s Honey Farm and Meadery in Sterling, New York was born.
In 2001, the Martin’s realized the importance of their location in the fruit belt of New York and decided to try their hand at making fruit wines. The concept of Montezuma Winery was then formed. Montezuma Winery quickly took off and was a great success, so much so that we moved the production facilities and gift shop to our 14,000 square foot building in Seneca Falls. Although we do produce high quality grape wines, the focus of our product line is still towards fruit and honey wines.
Both Montezuma Winery and Martin’s Honey Farm and Meadery have been awarded numerous awards including Gold, Double Gold, Best of Class, Best Fruit wine, and Commercial Mead Champion. Our wine list offers a range from dry to sweet and include Riesling, Merlot, Blueberry, Rhubarb and our most popular, Cranberry Bog.
Always looking to expand our offerings, the distillery was added to feature premium liqueurs, plus vodka and brandy made with honey, apples, or other seasonal fruits. Custom-built in Germany, our 400-liter Christian Carl column pot still has 2 columns consisting of a 4-plate column for high end brandy production and a 21-plate column for premium vodka production. Being the first of its kind in the Finger Lakes region, we’re proud to be a pioneer in the field of artisan distilling in New York State. Each batch is a hands-on process and takes on a more artistic form producing high quality premium spirits.
On October 11th, 2008, Hidden Marsh Distillery opened with the release of BEE Vodka, the first Ultra Premium Vodka distilled from honey in the Finger Lakes. BEE Vodka is a unique, hand-crafted vodka made from the purest honey in the Finger Lakes region, triple-distilled in individual batches for a flawless finish. BEE Vodka is irresistibly smooth but never sweet. Crystal clear with exceptional character, it promises to bee something you’ve never experienced before. Sip, Relax and Just Bee.
The Martin family efforts continue to create and enhance a unique product line, quality products and an experience that is memorable and enjoyable for their loyal customers. We have one of the largest gift shops in the area filled with many unique gift ideas including our own home-made fudge. Stop by and enjoy the award-winning wines, family atmosphere, and extensive gift shop at Montezuma Winery!!
The tasting room and gift shop are open Daily from 9am-6pm (Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day). Our wine tasting fee is $2.00/person or for $4.00/person you will receive our souvenir logo wine glass with your tasting. Spirits tasting fee is $1.00/sample or $5.00 for a Brandy Snifter glass including 1 sample. Please be prepared to show a valid form of I.D. Group Policy: Reservations are required for all groups of 12 or more.
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