A close up view of the Pinot Gris vines in the Hector Wine Company vineyard on Seneca Lake

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Inspired Winemaking

At Hector Wine Company, our portfolio emulates a deep commitment to making wines that reflect our centuries old farm, Sawmill Creek Vineyards. Because of this commitment, we handcraft each wine. This means that we handpick in the vineyard and employ a second hand sort at the winery every time. We allow for long fermentations, often spontaneous, and don’t rush the wines into bottle. Our small production wines are carefully curated to express balance and terroir.

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bottle of HWC Soul Red red wine
A bottle of Hector Wine Company Essence red wine, turned sideways
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Syrah
  • Lemberger
  • Essence
  • Soul Red

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The Reds

Our red portfolio is a true reflection of the vineyard. By employing spontaneous fermentations and no fining or filtering, the reds are expressive and distinctive of each vintage.  We have compelling blends such as the Essence, varietal bottlings with personality and an approachable blend called Soul Red.

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The Whites

Our white portfolio allows us to create wines with brightness and balance. Aromatic, mainly dry with a few off dry offerings, the whites are teeming with energy. We make mostly varietal bottlings. Some are done in barrel, like the Pinot Blanc while others are made in stainless steel like the Sauvignon Blanc and Dry Riesling.  Our Luminessence is a co-fermented blend of the Alsatian white varieties.

A bottle of Hector Wine Company Luminssence white wine, turned sideways
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Pinot Gris
  • Riesling
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Luminessence
  • Soul White

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Tasting & Tours

We offer wine tastings daily during business hours. For parties of 8 or more, a reservation is required.


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  • We love finding new local products for our market and are excited to share that we now carry Tofu-Kan from @ithacasoy . This is a ready to eat tofu that is marinated and baked and made with local, organic soybeans and NYS soy sauce. It’s delicious! So far the vote is still in for the best pairing but our Sauvignon Blanc is taking the lead. Come try it for yourself this weekend and let us know what you think. #eatlocal #drinklocal
  • The pot of gold at the end of a rainbow: HWC 😍🍷🌈
📷: Sam Riley
  • A reminder for club members that our Annual Club Member Party is coming up soon: Saturday, August 24th at 6pm we’ll host an intimate evening with our club members including barrel tastings, a tour of Sawmill Creek Vineyards (pictured here) and a pairing dinner with Chef Ricky Emberley. Tickets are available through our website until 8/18. #wineclubwednesday #winemadewithsoul #flxwine #membersonly #vineyardtour
  • Tonight we will be closing the winery an hour early to celebrate the life of Chip Dunham. 
Many of you have probably seen Chip at the winery, either working harvest or selling his delicious Hector BBQ. 
We will close to the public at 6:00 tonight for a party to celebrate his life. The party starts at 5:00 so for the first hour, it will be a mix of family, friends and the public. Chip always loved meeting new people and would have been happy to share the live music, food and party that we are having in his honor. So all are welcome.
  • Art show tonight at the winery for the wildly talented Lisa Baechtle who we commissioned to paint our sweet Luna in watercolor a couple of years ago. Come from 5-7 for wine, snacks, a chat with the artist and to see the rest of her works which will line our walls until the end of September.  #supportlocalart #wineandart #winedogs #watercolors #beauty #happyhour #hectorhasitall
  • We are honored to have received a 90 point rating in the newest issue of Wine Spectator for our 2017 Dry Riesling. #winemadewithsoul #flxwine #dryriesling

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Across from the vineyards, surrounded by flower beds and picnic tables, sits our tasting room and wine production facility. Come in during our open hours to experience an environment of warmth and hospitality while learning about and tasting our wines. Every member of our small team is a part of the whole process and therefore offers our visitors a true welcome into the winery.

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