The Finger Lakes AVA lies five hours north of New York city, to the south of Lake Ontario and the Canadian border. Osmote uses fruit from both Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. The region sits on the extremity of wine making, this is a seriously cool climate. Wine production is only possible due to of the lakes. For example, Cayuga Lake is New York’s longest Finger Lake at 40 miles long. With a maximum depth of 435ft this lake doesn’t freeze in winter, helping to warm the winter air and keep the surrounding vines from freezing.
Osmote's founder, Ben Riccardi is one of Finger Lakes young winemakers. Using his experience from working in Sonoma, New Zealand and France he is pushing to advance the region and craft wines of quality and distinction. He makes low-intervention, wild-yeast wines that revel in freshness and lower alcohol. Ben has been making his own wine since 2014 using the best grapes sourced from across the Finger Lakes region. Now the owner of a 31-acre farm, he is preparing to plant his own vines.