Our Pond House Reserve is made only sporadically as a special expression of the versatility of the Marquette grape and the skills of our vintners.  For 2014, we are pleased to offer a limited edition blend, representing a proprietary combination of our Marquette and Chambourcin. This wine was awarded a Silver medal at the 2016 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

Chambourcin is an old world hybrid that was first popularized in the 1970s, especially in the French regions of Bordeaux and the Loire Valley.  It can be grown in cooler climates and is now widely planted in the mid Atlantic region of North America.  Chambourcin grapes require a longer growing period than the Marquette, resulting in higher risks (but great rewards) for growers in Northern climates.

Marquette’s deep, ruby color and earthy overtones are softened with a more forward, up front expression of fruit and the wine is characterized by low acidity and soft tannins.  Pond House Reserve is elegant and refined, and will make an instant impression.