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Red Newt in Top 100

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We are truly honored to be included in James Sucklings top 100 wines in America. This not only is a great achievement for Red Newt, but also is a reflection of the character and quality of the Finger Lakes Region.

Top 100 American Wines of 2018 

“New York State also provided us with the most astonishing dry white from outside the West Coast. The Red Newt Cellars Riesling Finger Lakes The Knoll 2016 (No. 86) has an amazing intensity of floral honey, white peach, tropical fruit and citrus aromas. The combination of ripeness and scintillating acidity reminded us of Trimbach’s Clos Ste. Hune, the most expensive and sought-after dry riesling from Alsace, France. It is a sure sign of the white wine revolution in the Finger Lakes region.”

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2018 Harvest Team!


As Red Newt Winery has grown in recent years, the staff has increasingly enlisted the help of additional hands during harvest season. Now in its fifth year, the harvest intern program is an essential part of the winemaking process.

“We wouldn’t be able to get through harvest without the interns we bring in,” said Kelby Russell, head winemaker. “They both allow us to get through the work, but they also allow us to do special things because we have the time to focus on certain tasks that we wouldn’t otherwise.”

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Rebecca Mahmoud joins Red Newt Cellars Winery as National Brand Ambassador.

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rebecca mahmoudRed Newt Cellars is pleased to announce that Rebecca Mahmoud has joined the Red Newt Cellars wine marketing and distribution team.  Her focus as brand ambassador will be on facilitating and expanding Red Newt Cellars’ recognition and distribution in North America.  Red Newt is currently distributed to 15 US states, Europe, Japan, China and New Zealand.Read More »

Newter Profiles – Winemaker Kelby Russell

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Kelby Russell – Winemaker, Red Newt Cellars

When Kelby Russell set foot on the Harvard University campus as a freshman in the fall of 2005, he planned to pursue a career in nanotechnology. Not soon after his arrival, Russell, a musician, switched to a major in government and minor in economics with the intention of entering the orchestra management business. Thirteen years later, the Newark, N.Y. native is the head winemaker at Red Newt Cellars and Bistro.Read More »

Red Newt Launches Blog – “Red Newt Write”

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white clouds blue skyAt Red Newt, we’ve got a really great crew of folks who make the wines that you love.   Over the next few months, you’ll have a chance to get each of us a little bit better.  Our first installments of Red Newt Write are penned by Austin Lamb, freelance reporter in Ithaca NY.  We are excited to have Austin spend some time with our family and pass our conversations along to you!  Visit our Blog!

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Austin Lamb is a freelance reporter. He reports on news events, writes feature stories, and manages the Ithaca Times Twitter account.  Austin is a 2018 LACS graduate and will attend Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2019.

Find our blog “Red Newt Write” at


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Our passion. Our story.

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Red Newt Cellars is a top producer of life-changing Finger Lakes Riesling.  Founded in 1998, Red Newt wines have garnered national and international acclaim for decades.

Founding winemaker David Whiting and winemaker Kelby Russell share their perspectives…Read More »

Sunset Chamber Music Series

Sunset Chamber MusicRed Newt Cellars is pleased to welcome violinists Susan Waterbury and Cal Wiersma to the February 2016 Sunset Chamber Music series. Guests at this “Sunset Recital” will experience a world-class musical performance combined with elegant wine, delicious morsels, and an incredible sunset. Sunday, February 28th.

  • Sonata for two violins, Op 56 (1932) – Serge Prokofieff
  • Sonata No. V for two violins – Jean-Marie Leclair
  • Six Caprices for Violin Duo, caprice Nos. 2 & 3 – Behzad Ranjbaran
  • Tunes for Violin – Mark O’Connor

Wines by the glass and tasting fare available.

Doors open at 5pm.  Concert begins at 6pm.