Taking Steps to Becoming More Sustainable at Fox Run

Seneca Lake Friendly Farmer

We Are a Lake-Friendly Farmer

We hope that by keeping our vineyard balanced and healthy it will allow us to produce a flavorful and balanced wine. At Fox Run, we have either instituted these practices in the vineyard or are working toward them, by minimizing sprays, and using a sprayer that recaptures excess material. We enhance soil vigor by adding hay between the rows. We monitor harmful insect populations and responding only when necessary. We maintain sod cover in the row middles to prevent erosion and maintain a more complex ecosystem.

Eco Friendly Features of Fox Run Vineyards

  • A portion of our grape pomace annually goes to a local facility that manufactures grapeseed oil.
  • We are a dry farming vineyard, no irrigation.
  • A wild habitat of forest and wildlife surrounds our vineyards, with no bare soil, which increases drought resistance.
  • We promote the use of natural predation in our vineyards by using kestrel houses and bats to create a naturally balanced ecosystem.
  • The use of hay between our rows and cross ripping of the soil maintains healthy soil, promotes water retention, and strengthens the roots of the grapevines.
  • The winemaking facility has a water recapture program to limit water waste.
  • Locally sourced products- Our winemaking facility uses several products sourced locally as well as the wide range of local foods found in our café.
  • Purchased grapes come from local farms on the East side of Seneca Lake and the North end of Keuka Lake.
  • New upgrades such as our furnace and lighting are high efficiency.
  • Paper, bottle, and plastic recycling programs are in effect facility wide.
  • Several of our wine bottlings have been transitioned to lightweight bottles, reducing shipping weights.

New York Wines In Europe

The New York Wines team at MEGAVINO 2014 in Brussels.
Scott with Steven Spurrier at the London Wine Fair 2012
The 2012 Chardonnay, Doyle Family Vineyards recieves 2nd Place at Salon St. Vincent du Virvet du Fromage Floreffe 2013.
Sasha at MEGAVINO 2012.

Featured Video

Interview with Ruth Osborn of Fox Run Vineyards

Paul Thomas of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail conducts an interview with Ruth Osborn, co-owner of Fox Run Vineyards, located on the western side of Seneca Lake in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country. This interview took place in mid 2014.

Fox Run current releases include Riesling, Reserve Riesling, Chardonnay, Reserve Chardonnay, Lemberger and Pinot Noir. Fox Run also produces a Meritage blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc plus a Blanc de Blancs sparkler made from estate Chardonnay. There are also several wood-aged fortified wines - including a Tawny and Ruby-style Port. In 2012, Hedonia - a White Port made entirely from Traminette grapes, was launched. A trio of Rieslings: The Geology Series, an expression of place, method and time, was introduced in the spring of 2012.