The Riesling Program at Fox Run Vineyards

Fox Run Vineyards Riesling

"The Rieslings from our region have been outstand­ing in quality for many years and now that Riesling in general is gaining in popularity we are thrilled." -Kevin Zraly, ​Renown wine writer.

Riesling is king in the Finger Lakes. This noble grape is the Finger Lakes most widely planted Vinifera variety with nearly 1000 acres in production and almost every winery produces at least one Riesling brand. The microclimate conditions and the slate soils that are so special to the Finger Lakes are exactly what make Riesling thrive here.

For winemaker Peter Bell, a chance encounter in New Zealand with an American who was interning at a neighboring winery stoked his curiosity for the Finger Lakes, where, he was told, "they’re poised to make great Riesling." That was enough for him to move here with his family and take the job of head winemaker at Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars. He remained there for five years, cementing that winery’s reputation as one of the leading wine producers in America. In 1995, Bell joined Fox Run Vineyards, and has led the winemaking team ever since.

Fox Run has 50 acres of grapes, of which 19 acres are Riesling. At least five distinct soil types have been identified. Separate blocks of Riesling are harvested and vinified separately, allowing Bell to fully express each site’s special attributes. Fox Run markets at least nine different Rieslings, each with its own special character.

Fox Run Vineyards is a three-time Gold medal winner at the prestigious Riesling du Monde competition taking place in Strausbourg, France. This international competition only presents approximately 100 medals each year from thousands of entries from around the world. We are one of a select few to be a multiple award winner.

Fox Run Riesling awards and medals:

Wine Name Competition Medal
2014 Dry Riesling New York Wine & Food Classic Double Gold
2014 Riesling Lot 11, Lake Dana Vineyard Jefferson Cup Invitational Jefferson Cup
2014 Riesling Lot 11, Hanging Delta Vineyard Jefferson Cup Invitational Jefferson Cup
2014 Dry Riesling Dan Berger's International Wine Competition Gold
2013 Semi-Dry Riesling 2015 Indy International Gold
2012 Semi-Dry Riesling 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Comp Gold
2011 Riesling 10, Hanging Delta Vineyard 2014 Riverside International Gold
2013 Silvan Riesling 2014 NY Food & Wine Classic Gold
2011 Riesling 11, Hanging Delta Vineyard 2014 Jefferson Cup Gold
2011 Riesling 12, Hanging Delta Vineyard 2014 Finger Lakes International Double Gold
2010 Riesling 10, Lake Dana Vineyard 2013 Riverside International Gold
2011 Reserve Riesling 2013 NY Wine & Food Classic Gold
2011 Reserve Riesling 2013 New York State Fair Gold
2012 Semi-Dry Riesling 2013 Jefferson Cup Invitational Gold
2011 Tierce Dry Riesling 2013 Finger Lakes Wine Symposium Gold - Medal of Excellence
2011 Reserve Riesling 2013 Finger Lakes Wine Symposium Best in Class
2011 Reserve Riesling 2013 Finger Lakes International Double Gold
2011 Dry Riesling 2013 Finger Lakes International Double Gold
2010 Riesling 2012 Riverside International Gold
2009 Tierce Dry Riesling 2012 Riverside International Gold & Chairman's Award
2009 Tierce Dry Riesling 2012 International Wine & Spirits Gold
2011 Reserve Riesling 2012 Indy International Gold
2009 Tierce Dry Riesling 2012 Finger Lakes International Gold
2010 Riesling 12, Lake Dana Vineyard 2012 Critic's Challenge International Gold
2010 Dry Riesling 2011 Jefferson Cup Invitational Gold
2008 Tierce Dry Riesling 2010 NY Wine & Food Classic Gold
2009 Riesling 2010 American Wine Society Gold
2006 Tierce Dry Riesling 2009 Riverside International Gold
2008 Reserve Riesling 2009 NY Wine & Food Classic Gold
2006 Tierce Dry Riesling 2009 International Eastern Double Gold
2007 Dry Riesling 2009 Appellation America Best-of-Appellation Double Gold
2006 Reserve Riesling 2008 Riesling du Monde - France Gold
2006 Riesling 2008 Finger Lakes International Gold
2005 Reserve Riesling 2007 Riverside International Gold
2005 Riesling 2007 Riesling Du Monde - France Gold
2005 Reserve Riesling 2007 NY Wine & Food Classic Double Gold
2006 Riesling 2007 New York State Fair Double Gold & Best White
2006 Dry Riesling 2007 New York State Fair Double Gold
2005 Reserve Riesling 2007 New York State Fair Gold
2005 Reserve Riesling 2007 Critics Challenge Critics Gold
2006 Dry Riesling 2007 Atlantic Seaboard Gold/Best of Category
2005 Riesling 2006 NY Wine & Food Classic Gold
2005 Reserve Riesling 2006 NY Wine & Food Classic Gold
2005 Reserve Riesling 2006 Long Beach Grand Cru Gold
2005 Riesling 2006 International Eastern Gold
2005 Dry Riesling 2006 International Eastern Gold
2002 Riesling 2003 New York State Double Gold
1997 Riesling 1999 Rieslings of the World Gold

Current Rielings For Sale

Semi-Dry Riesling

Semi-Dry Riesling

2016

$14 / Bottle
$168 / Case

Dry Riesling

Dry Riesling

2015

$18 / Bottle
$216 / Case

Tierce Dry Riesling

Tierce Dry Riesling

2014

$30 / Bottle
$360 / Case

Riesling Lot 11, Hanging Delta Vineyard

Riesling Lot 11, Hangin...

2014

$30 / Bottle
$360 / Case

Riesling Lot 11, Lake Dana Vineyard

Riesling Lot 11, Lake D...

2014

$30 / Bottle
$360 / Case

Late Harvest Riesling, Lake Dana Vineyard

Late Harvest Riesling, ...

2012

$30 / Bottle
$360 / Case

Silvan Riesling

Silvan Riesling

2016

$25 / Bottle
$255 / Case