Hector Wine Company
The farm is purchased
In 1852, David Hazlitt purchased a 154-acre fruit farm in Hector, on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake. The farm’s primary crop at the time was peaches, and it is easy to imagine cherries and apples growing abundantly on the site, as well. David Hazlitt had farmed since 1823 in Mecklenburg, about 15 miles away from the farm he acquired in Hector. A little more than a decade after purchasing the farm, the grape-growing frenzy that occurred in the 1860s enveloped the Hazlitt farm as well.
A family legacy continues
Generations later, Jim Hazlitt's son, Eric, comes back to help manage the vineyard after spending time as an auto-mechanic. Eric Hazlitt, the 6th generation grower on the farm, is the current owner and is our grower Jason's father.
Two Vineyards are established
In 1982, sons Jim Hazlitt and Jerry Hazlitt decided to split the farm between themselves, with Jerry moving forward and establishing Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards winery, and Jim establishing Hazlitt Vineyards.
Sawmill Creek Vineyards is born
By 1995, Jim recognized the need to avoid confusion with Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, and changed the name to Sawmill Creek Vineyards, paying homage to the natural work of art that is the gully bordering the vineyard on the south end of the property. Sawmill Creek is indicated with a historical marker that recounts the significance of the site.
Hector Wine Company founded
Hector Wine Company was built upon a shared vision for craft, community and collaboration. Sawmill’s 7th generation grower Jason Hazlitt partners with cutting-edge Finger Lakes winemaker Justin Boyette with the idea to make handcrafted wines that represent the farm, to push the envelope and to be a pillar in the community for events and the arts.
We are a group of friends who are passionate about making inspired wine, working hard, and finding beauty. Together we make wines that represent the centuries old farm at Sawmill Creek Vineyards and the soul of the Finger Lakes. We welcome visitors to the winery daily to enjoy our wines in an environment that is friendly, laid back and educational.