Six Mile Creek Vineyards began with the first plantings of grapes in 1982 by Roger and Nancy Battistella. The Battistellas had been lovers of wine for many years and Roger was an accomplished amateur winemaker when the farm land adjacent to their property went up for sale in 1980. The Battistella's purchased the land and began planning their vineyard.

The winery opened its doors to the public in 1987 in a rebuilt Dutch Colonial Barn that was on the property. The barn was actually moved 25 feet back from the road in 1986 and placed on a new foundation and basement that is today used for production and wine storage. The first year they produced 250 gallons of wine but the winery now produces over 10,000 gallons. What started as a hobby quickly grew into a highly respected winery in the Finger Lakes and soon became know as "Ithaca's Own Winery."

When the location was first assessed, the Battistella's were advised to grow blueberries due to an unfavorable microclimate. Because of their location in the town of Ithaca, the property does not benefit from the warming effects provided by the deep waters of Cayuga Lake. Determined to grow grapes, Roger began planting certain varieties around 1982 despite the recommendations. Today, nearly six acres of Chardonnay, Riesling, Cayuga White, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, and Vignoles thrive at Six Mile Creek Vineyard, accounting for the majority of our white wine production. Only white grapes are cultivated from the vineyard, which require a shorter growing season than most red varieties. Each year the grapes are harvested by hand from mid-September through early October. Our yields are kept small to preserve maximum fruit quality. All Six Mile Creek reds are vinified in our cellars from grapes grown on more favorable Finger Lakes and New York sites.

Perseverance and attention to detail are at the core of Six Mile Creek Vineyard's winemaking philosophy. Average annual production is between eight and ten thousand gallons, which translates to about four thousand cases. More recently the winery has added an exclusive line of distilled specialties including a wine based Vodka (the first of its kind in the Finger Lakes), Limoncella, a popular Italian liqueur, and Grappa, which is distilled from the alcohol remaining on the grape skins.

Tasting Room

Six Mile Creek Tasting Room

Six Mile Creek's Tasting Room located inside of the Dutch Colonial Barn offering a welcoming environment to sample their Finger Lakes Wines and Spirits.

The inside of the barn was extensively remodeled in 1997 and includes a large tasting room and deck overlooking the vineyard. An event room was added in 2003 that is used for events held at the winery and of course acts as second tasting room on weekends.

Open 7 days a week the tasting room is a great place to begin your trip to Ithaca and the Finger Lakes. Whether you want to just sample some wine, enjoy glass of wine on our deck or get some great recommendations on local restaurants and places to visit from our knowledgeable staff, Six Mile Creek is worth the stop.

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