by Aaron Green
July 7, 2016— I was born in California to a family who purchased grapes and made their own wine. After moving away from California in high school, we no longer had access to grapes so my youthful curiosity dwindled. By the time I graduated I had no interest in farming or winemaking.
After high school, I bummed around for a while working odd jobs. I found myself working in construction, placing concrete floors and foundation, when I realized that wasn’t where I saw myself spending my life. The work, while enjoyable, was already taking its toll on my body. My mother passed along a flyer for a new viticulture program at Finger Lakes Community College. I thought it would be a good change of pace but I couldn’t afford to give up my lucrative trade. Ultimately the decision was made for me when I was laid off for the season in 2009. I enrolled in the new program in the spring of 2010.
By the time I finished my first semester at FLCC’s Viticulture and Wine Technology program, I realized I had found my new calling. In 2012 I finished my Associate’s Degree at FLCC and then transferred to Cornell University to finish my Bachelor’s in Viticulture and Enology. I worked at McGregor Vineyards, Kashong Creek Vineyard and the Cornell’s Grape Breeding Program before joining the team at Silver Thread.
Now that I have been here for about half a season, I have had the opportunity to get the know the vines and vineyard at Silver Thread. I have come to realize this vineyard is special and every day I look forward to walking its rows and watching this year’s crop work its way toward the cellar and your glasses.