Treleaven and its success today evolved from the fusion of two passionate minds, Peter and Tacie Saltonstall. Together they embarked on a journey to craft wines that would encompass the unique and expressive terroir of the Finger Lakes region. From this the Treleaven story unfolded to where it is today…
1984 – The creation of Treleaven…
Pete inherited the family grain farm, but in 1984, after a visit to California wine country, Pete decided the family farm back in upstate NY might be suitable for growing high quality vinifera vines. Thus started the Saltonstall passion for wine-making. In 1984, Peter and Tacie planted the winery’s first three grape varieties – Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer – on 7 ½ acres of land.
1988– Treleaven’s first vintage…
The first four Treleaven wines were bottled in 1988 – the Semi-Dry Riesling and Chardonnay, both now highly acclaimed wines, along with the Dry Riesling and Reserve Chardonnay.
1989 – Off and running…
The first bottle of the 88 Treleaven vintage was sold on December 1, 1989.
1990 – The winery expands…
This year marked the first part of the winery expansion, which included the old tasting room, the barrel room and upstairs offices.
1990 – Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir released…
1990 marked the release of the first Treleaven Gewürtraminer and Pinot Noir.
1992 – Treleaven welcomes now-wholesale rep, Kim Shevalier to the family…
Everyone may know Kim Shevalier as the Wholesale Representative at the winery and avid endorser of the Tacie’s Chardonnay, but she started her time at Treleaven working part-time in the vineyard during the harvest of 1992.
1992 – Expansion continues…
The winery continued to grow in 1992 when the kitchen was added.
2005 – Shipping across the country…
Peter helped lead the effort to overturn New York’s ban on interstate wine shipment. On July 14, 2005, then Gov. George E. Pataki of NY signed into law a bill that allowed out-of-state wineries to ship directly to the state’s consumers, while also permitting the state’s ore than 150 wineries to ship to costumers in 28 other states where such shipments were legal.
2005 – The expansion continues…
As the Treleaven wine sales continued to grow, so did the winery itself – the pressroom and outback are added to the winery’s makeup in 2005.
2006 – Lindsay Stevens takes the reins as Senior Winemaker…
Lindsay was handed the Senior Winemaker reins at the Treleaven in 2006.
2006 – The rise of Dry Riesling…
The 2005 Dry Riesling received high accolades at the 2006 International Eastern Wine Competition – nabbing Double Gold, Riesling Champion and Best White Wine awards.
2008 – 20th Anniversary…
2008 marked the 20th anniversary of the winery’s first release. What had started as a 7 ½ acre production, now stood at 25 acres of vinifera vines. This year also marked the conclusion of the expansion with the addition of the new tasting room.
2008 – Moving to the Big Apple…
Treleaven can now be found at the New York City farmers markets, offering tastings and sales at all locations.
2013 – Treleaven pockets five gold medals…
The winery was awarded five gold medals and three ‘Best Buy’ designations at the World Wine Championships by The Beverage Testing Institute. The five gold medals were give to the 2011 EIS Late Harvest Riesling, 2012 Dry Rosé [Best Buy], 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling [Best Buy], Apple Mystique [Best Buy], and 2011 Gewürztraminer.
2014 – 30 years in the making…
Treleaven celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2014, now producing about a dozen wines each year, harvesting estate grown fruit from 32 acres of vines.
2014 – The Barrel Room opens in Victor…
The winery announces the opening a second tasting room location in Victor, NY called The Barrel Room.
2014 – Things get a little Wobbly…
The Wobbly Rock Riesling brand range was introduced to the Treleaven wine portfolio. The Wobbly Rock Red and Wobbly Rock Dry Rosé were added to the family in 2015.
2015 – Treleaven taps into the local craft beer market…
Treleaven now offers local craft beer in addition to its award-winning wines. The brewery represented at the winery is Cortland Beer Company, located in the heart of Downtown Cortland.
July 9, 2016 – The Hangtime officially opens to the public…
The winery opens the new 40×80 pavilion to the public during the 2nd annual Kings of Summer.
Tasting Room Hours
Monday10am - 5pm
Tuesday10am - 5pm
Wednesday10am - 5pm
Thursday10am - 5pm
Friday10am - 7pm
Saturday10am - 6pm
Sunday10am - 5pm
The Hangtime Hours
Thursday5pm - 9pm
Friday5pm - 9pm
SaturdayNoon - 6pm
SundayNoon - 6pm