Curry Creek Vineyard is a Red Newt monopole (a vineyard site exclusive to our winery), owned and farmed by John and Allison Santos. With a particular love for Alsatian varieties, Curry Creek is – surprisingly for the Finger Lakes – only planted to Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris. With management that emphasizes a maximum of canopy area and a minimum of spraying, the fruit from this site is renowned for the high levels of flavor and sugar ripeness it can achieve. All this despite the fact that both Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer are notoriously difficult to grow, particularly as everything from bees to bears find the ripening grapes irresistible. A secret gem within our farms, Curry Creek is located just over a mile north of Red Newt Cellars on Seneca Lake’s southeast ‘Banana Belt’ stretch.
Grower: Jon Santos
Established In: 2003
Grapes Planted: Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris.
Training Method: VSP – Vertical Shoot Positioning
Soil: Dunkirk silt loam
Exposure: West, North West
Elevation: 725-750 feet
Wine Characteristics: Exotic fruit, ebullient, spice laden, notably opulent and rich in color.
Wines from Curry Creek Vineyard – Single Vineyard designate wines:
Curry Creek Vineyard Gewurztraminer : 2007, 2008, 2010-2013, 2015
Curry Creek Vineyard Pinot Gris – 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
Additional Wines from Curry Creek Vineyard:
Red Newt Gewurztraminer – 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019
Red Newt Pinot Gris – 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019