Welcome to Barnstormer Winery!
Located in a historic barn, the building in which our winery resides is over 170 years old. Just like the Barnstormer pilots of the 1920′s, we make it our mission to entertain and provide our guests with an unforgettable experience. Visit us on Seneca Lake, just 4 miles north of Watkins Glen on Highway Route 14.
With an annual production of around 2500 cases, we offer a wide array of wines using 100% Finger Lakes grapes sourced from some of the finest vineyards around Seneca and Cayuga Lake. Our focus is on dry, European style white & red wines however we do have a small selection of sweet wines as well. You will be sure to find something you love! Our newly renovated winery maintains a lot of the charm you would expect to find in a 170+ year old rustic barn. We incorporate that design into our laid back tasting room where you can relax, enjoy great wines and experience a slice of the Finger Lakes wine region that you will be sure to remember. Since we do not distribute our wines, we only sell out of our tasting room location and through our online store to ship within NY state.
For online orders out of state, please visit: https://vinoshipper.com/wines/barnstormer_winery
Our tasting fees are $5 for your choice of 5 wines. We currently offer 16 wines from our 2014 & 2015 vintages. As a small batch, boutique style winery, we produce limited amounts of wine each year. We only sell from our Tasting Room at this time! Some of our favorite wines include the 2016 Sangiovese Rosé, 2015 Semi-Dry Riesling, 2015 Cabernet Franc & 2015 Proprietor’s Red, Lemberger Nosedive Port (sold out presently), Jenny White and our Angel’s Share (100% Vignoles). We offer a 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon aged in French Oak as well that is an absolute must try from Shaw Vineyard. A new Single Barrel Cabernet Franc Select 2015 will be available soon as well, likely in June of 2017!
Instead of having a single winemaker, we have developed a team of consultants that guide us through each vintage while we hone in our focus and style. Proprietor, Scott Bronstein, oversees the coordination of the vintage and we have the privilege of working with some fantastically talented winemakers in the area including Peter Bell (Fox Run), Kelby Russell (Red Newt), Ian Barry (Barry Family Cellars), Steve DiFrancesco (Glenora), and more depending on the year! Each winemaker provides unique insights and professional opinions on various wines. This sort of collaboration speaks volumes to the focus on always improving the quality of what the Finger Lakes has to offer. We try and source the best quality fruit possible each year while we wait for our own vineyard development to mature, with 3 acres of estate vineyard being planted in 2019.
If you come hungry, don’t worry. We have you covered. There are local cheeses, cured meats, snacks and beverages available to build your own picnic to go (see the tab above on the website page). Our selections are always changing throughout the seasons so stop on by to try something new each time. We offer Cheese & Charcuterie boards for $13.00!
We can host small, private events and receptions on Friday evenings for up to 109 guests based on availability.
We do not host weddings at this time.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake
4184 State Route 14
Rock Stream, NY 14878