Acclaimed winemaker Paul Brock and wine educator Shannon Brock took the helm of Silver Thread Vineyard in 2011. True to its founding principles, Silver Thread is an owner-operated, boutique winery known for sustainably-grown estate wines. The Brocks practice a holistic, regenerative style of farming called biointensive viticulture. The winery generates 100% of its energy needs from a 28kw solar array located on-site.
Production is currently 3,000 cases per year. Wines are available for sale at the tasting room, through the wine club, via mail order, and in select stores and restaurants in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Ohio and Massachusetts.
Silver Thread is located ¾ mile off Route 414 (the wine trail) in a quiet and naturally beautiful environment overlooking Seneca Lake. Wine lovers seeking a relaxing and educational experience will enjoy discovering our off-the-beaten-path location and sampling some of the best wines in the Finger Lakes.
At Silver Thread, we seek to elevate the reputation of the Finger Lakes region by crafting outstanding, terroir-driven wines. Our story is still being written. We are constantly learning, improving and applying new knowledge to our vineyard, winery and hospitality. Thanks for coming along on our journey.
Silver Thread Vineyard was established in 1982 on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, at the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region. At this location the bottom of the lake drops almost 200 feet below sea level, a dramatic mass of water that creates a distinct microclimate on the hillside— cooling breezes in summer, radiating warmth through the winter, and extending the length of the growing season. On this site 250 years ago, the Haudenosaunee (a.k.a. Iroquois) people tended huge peach orchards, a testament to this temperate ‘island’ within a cool region.
The winery is named for a local waterfall, Silver Thread Falls, known as one of the loveliest in the Finger Lakes. Like our winery, its tucked away in a private spot and only discovered by those intrepid enough to seek it out.
The turtle image on our label was carved in a rock beside one of New York’s woodland creeks by a Native American artist many centuries ago. As an earth symbol to the Haudenosaunee people, the turtle reminds us to care for the land and water that give us the gift of wine. This artifact is on display at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, NY.
Silver Thread’s original 6-acre vineyard and ecologically-designed wine cellar were established by organics enthusiast and author Richard Figiel. It was one of the first Finger Lakes wineries to produce exclusively dry wines from European grape varieties.
Since the late 1980’s, the vineyard has followed the principles of sustainable farming, and was certified organic from 1992-1997.
Our energy-efficient tasting room and wine cellar building was built in 1995 and is set into the hillside for natural temperature control. The winery building is a contemporary take on Greek Revival, the architectural style of many of the early farm houses in the Finger Lakes.
Since the winery’s first release in 1991, Silver Thread earned critical acclaim for its wines. Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were lauded in Wine Advocate, The New York Times, and The World Atlas of Wine during the 1990s, when Finger Lakes wines were virtually unknown outside the region.
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