Hermann J Wiemer, the producer who symbolised the rise to prominence of New York State Riesling, has sold his estate to his winemaker.
The Mosel-born Wiemer, 65, turned the property on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes district over to 29 year-old Frederick T Merwarth.
In acquiring the Hermann J Wiemer Vineyard, Merwarth obtained a 15,000-case boutique operation with 26ha under vine. The purchase price was not disclosed.
Merwarth will manage the business on a day-to-day basis, with Wiemer taking an advisory role.
Wiemer helped establish a standard of quality for New York state Riesling by applying the experience brought from his Mosel wine-producing family.
‘They made fun of me for planting Riesling,’ said Wiemer, who started his winery in 1979.
Merwarth, who began making wine in 2002 and is a Master of Wine student, said he intended to preserve the property’s name and, at least at the outset, its established wines.
Written by Howard G Goldberg in New York