Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hunt Country Vineyards introduces a new winemaker

Craig Hosbach at work. (photo provided)
In spring, wineries usually are looking to new things. At Hunt Country Vineyards, the newest "thing" is a new winemaker.

Owners Art and Joyce Hunt today announced the appointment of Craig Hosbach to that role. He has been making wine for more than a decade, mostly in northern New York State, and is vice president of the Northern New York Grape Growers Association.

In 2008, Hosbach joined Thousand Islands Winery in Alexandria Bay where he refined his skills working with regional grapes as well as with classic vinifera varieties. Then, in 2012, he became head winemaker at Tug Hill Vineyards in Lowville. His wines have won more than 200 various awards.

Hosbach also is involved in the teaching of winemaking, having created an educational
winemaking facility for students from Jefferson Community College’s winery marketing and management program.

Hunt Country Vineyards, which includes the farm, vineyard, winery and cafe, is located at 4021 Italy Hill Road in Branchport, Yates County. Phone: (800) 946-3289 or (315) 595-2812.

Art and Joyce Hunt took over the family farm in 1973, gradually but steadily expanding the scope of the business and starting a small farm winery in 1981 that has become one of the Finger Lakes' premier facilities.

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