New winery opens on the east side of Seneca Lake
We are thrilled that a new winery has opened in Finger Lakes Wine Country
along the eastern shores of Seneca Lake down the road from Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
. Hector Wine Company located at 5610 State Route 414 in Hector is co-owned Jason Hazlitt and Justin Boyette. The winery is currently offering six wines from the 2009 vintage including a Riesling, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Dry Rosé, and Soul Red (a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon.) ranging from $14-$25 per bottle.
Both Jason and Justin have a strong history of grapegrowing and winemaking in the Finger Lakes. Jason's family owns Sawmill Creek Vineyard, a vineyard source for some of the mostly highly regarded Finger Lakes wines and his extended family owns the popular Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards nearby. Justin has worked as a winemaker for Red Newt Cellars and Atwater Vineyards among others. The winery's current wine production is 1,000 cases with a long-term goal of 6,000 cases in the coming years.
The tasting room is open year-round, though winter hours will take affect beginning in January. For the remainder of the year the winery's hours are Thursday - Saturday 11AM-7PM and Sunday - Wednesday 11AM-6PM. For more information call (607) 387-1045. According to Jason, a Web site is in the works but you can see more photos of the winery on their Facebook fanpage.