Virtual Wine Tasting with Johnson Estate Winery
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Johnson Estate Winery, the oldest estate winery in New York, was founded by Frederick S. Johnson in 1961 – he was the pioneer who recognized that the microclimate along the shores of Lake Erie in western New York was ideal for growing wine grapes as well as Concord juice and jam grapes. The region, famous as the largest Concord grape belt in the world, has a micro-climate similar to Germany’s and Johnson Estate is able to grow world-class Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir grapes, and to make award-winning wines with them.
Jennifer Schroeder Johnson, W&M class of 1976, attended the Cornell Johnson School of Business, where she met her husband, Fred S. Johnson, Jr., son of the winery’s founder. After Fred’s 40-year career with various international food businesses, the two “retired” in 2013 to the farm, which had been acquired by Fred’s grandfather in the early 1900s. Today Johnson Estate Winery grows 13 varieties of grapes, spans 115 acres of vineyards on the 300-acre farm, and produces over 40 award-winning wines all overseen by Winemaker Jeff Murphy. Products, including white, red, rose, fortified, and ice wines, are sold in the Estate’s Tasting Room, online, and in stores across New York, Pennsylvania, and northern Ohio.
Jennifer Schroeder Johnson '76 and Fred Johnson are owners of Johnson Estate Winery. Jeff Murphy is the winery's winemaker.
What we're tasting:
- Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir
- Founders' Red
- Semi-Dry Riesling
How to Order:
Ship to your home
Click here to purchase the William & Mary tasting kit of the three wines listed above. Enter code WM2021 to apply a special 20% William & Mary discount to your order. Shipping rates ranges from $12-22. Free or discounted shipping rates are available for larger orders.
To pick up directly from the winery, please call (716) 326-2191.
We encourage you to register and take part in the tasting even if you're unable to order these specific wines. Simply pick up similar wines of your choice and enjoy the tasting!
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