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Bully Hill Winery & Bully Hill Vineyards
Bully Hill Vineyards Information and Personal Review
Bully Hill is my favorite New York state winery to visit! It has beautiful views, great story, great wine, great food and it's just plain fun!
Here is my story of Bully Hill Vineyards and information I gathered on my most recent visit. What I learned and why I would personally recommend every wine lover to experience.
The Finger Lakes region is truly a beautiful place to explore. With 7 lakes spread across the New York state, there is never a shortage of wineries to tour. This is a story of Bully Hill Vineyards, one of those wineries located on the west side of Keuka Lake.
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Peachplanet (Published August 2012)
View from Bully Hill Winery - Keuka Lake, New York
Bully Hill winery offers more of a casual environment compared to other New York wineries in this area. The staff is extremely friendly, fun and knowledgeable. You can take a free 30 min tour to learn about the history and founder Walter Taylor. Walter was quite an artist. His art is hanging all over the tasting room and is featured on bottles of Bully Hill wine. Trust me, you will fall in love with this guy. You will also learn great stuff about winemaking and why Finger Lakes is a great area for grape growing.
Did you know only 6-10% of the grapes used in production of Bully Hill wine comes from a Bully Hill owned vineyards? The rest are purchased from LOCAL NY state growers.
Did you know that you can make white wine from red grapes but you can't make red wine from white grapes? Yup, I learned all that from our tour guide Woody!
After the tour, don't forget to taste some wine. In the back tasting room beside the store you can purchase tickets at $1 to select and taste wine of your choice. In the front tasting room you can try five preselected wines for $5 and keep the Bully Hill wine glass as a souvenir. The wine glass also entitles you to a 5-10% discount on wine at the store.
There is also a restaurant on the property with an outside, covered terrace that offers spectacular views (just like the one I captured in the photo above) of Bully Hill vineyards and Keuka Lake for you to enjoy while having a delicious lunch. My crab cake on portabella mushroom topped with two scallops was to die for. So delicious!
Be prepared to spend two-three hours at this place to take in the views, enjoy good food, and taste fine wine. And don't forget your camera.
Bully Hill Wine
"Wine with Laughter"
If you ever opened and tasted a bottle of Bully Hill wine, chances are you have looked at the cork and read its message:
"Wine with Integrity"
"Wine with Love"
"Wine with Hope"
Meaning behind Bully Hill wine cork messages (in my opinion)
Message in a Bottle
After visiting Bully Hill Vineyards last weekend for the first time, I get it. Now all those lovely cork messages make so much sense. My girlfriend and I arrived at the Bully Hill late Sunday morning. It was damp, cloudy and the rain was on the way. We didn't have a choice but to make the best of it. It was our only full day in town.
We parked in front of the winery and spent a few minutes enjoying the view of Keuka Lake which vineyards surround. After a few cool shots with my digital camera we were on our way to Bully Hill tasting room. We didn't even make it in the door when we heard, "ladies come join us, we are starting the 30 minute tour of the vineyards. My name is Woody. I'm your tour guide. It's FREE and the jokes are not bad either."
Still half asleep due to a late night and too much dancing at the wedding the day before, we nodded our heads "yes, sure, why not!"
Woody took us on the first tour of the day. And the journey of fun and laughter began. The story of Bully Hill, it's history, and the winemaking process was so interesting and entertaining we were awake in no time and completely forgot about the rain that was on the way. The truth is you don't need sunshine to have a great time at Bully Hill.
Woody was a great teacher, passionate about wine and winemaking at Bully Hill. As one of the 25 year round employees he wears many hats; the hat of a tour guy and tasting room server, but also the hat of a fermenting room worker and any other "hats" for jobs needed to keep the wine process flowing. Because of his well rounded experience, Woody is very knowledgeable in all areas of wine making, wine selling and running the full operation at Bully Hill. You can tell he takes pride in his job. Woody is a pretty good comedian too!
After the 30 minute tour he helped me understand why this is also a "wine with laughter".
Bully Hill Gift Shop - Tastefully stocked store shelves
Be sure to visit Bully Hill Vineyards gift shop while you are there. This is one of the nicest stores I've seen in the area. It has a wide selection of items for a wine lover of any level and is not full of tacky touristy souvenirs.
In addition to loving wine, I also love to travel. So, this little "Corks of the World" cork cage was one of my favorite discoveries at the shop.
Bully Hill Wine
My Personal Favorite Bully Hill Wine Selection
Fusion, Love My Goat, Foch, Meat Market Red, Vendelet
Bully Hill wine selection is quite impressive and quite extensive. From dry to sweet in both white and red, you will be sure to find something for your taste and food pairing. This is good tasting wine at a reasonable price.
A co-worker and a good friend of mine recommended Bully Hill wine in one of our conversations a few years ago. What an odd name, I'll try it!
My first bottle was Fusion - light fruity semi-dry red wine. I was hooked immediately. This one is to this day still my favorite Bully Hill wine for everyday consumption. It is just one of those that is easy to drink with or without good company and with or without food.
Love my Goat is probably my second favorite. Not too sweet and not too dry. Right there in the middle. This one is very mellow and easy to drink and it pairs well with steak or pasta. Great wine to keep on hand to pair with your evening meal.
I also love pairing Foch with my crock pot lasagna or grilled fish and Meat Market Red with a nice medium well filet or barbeque ribs.
When I'm in the mood for a bottle of white, I love the dry and crisp taste of Vendelet.
For more options click on Bully Hill Complete Wine List.
I highly recommend a visit to Bully Hill tasting room to sip and discover all of the flavors and figure out which ones you like the best. And btw, another great hint from Woody, start with dry and work up to sweet wines for the best taste.
As you can tell in my personal favorite wine selection, I prefer dry to semi dry wines. Most of my friends like the sweet wines.
I always have a hard time picking the right bottle of sweet wine to bring as a gift to a dinner party. Weather you like dry or sweet give everyone your opinion on good wine and how to choose the right bottle.
What's your type?
The Tree of Emtpy Bottles
The tree in the picture bellow is sitting on Bully Hill Vinyards patio.
What a creative way to recycle empty bottles of wine and make a decorative tree for your deck or patio just like this one!
A great conversation piece for your house. Every bottle tells a story. What's yours?
Bottle Tree & Sunflower Set
To create your own tree just like the one in the picture above, you will need this tree and sunflower set. So go ahead and crack open some bottles of wine and keep going. You will need a total of twelve empty bottles for this project.
There are quite a few adirondacks chairs strategically placed all around the Bully Hill Vineyards property for your relaxation and scenic view enjoyment.
Sit Back and Relax
Where can you buy Bully Hill wine
After reading this review, you decided to make a visit to Bully Hill. You created some good memories and experiences....you got yourself a case of wine....few weeks later the wine has been consumed and it's all gone....you are thirsty for more. Now what?
If another trip to Bully Hill is not an option, don't worry it's not the end of the world yet. You may be able to buy the wine online, or if you live in one of those states (like PA) where online wine purchase is still not an option, you may be able to get the wine at your local distributors in your state.
Currently Bully Hill wine is sold in over 25 states across the USA. State laws change, check out Bully Hill website for latest information on shipping and distribution information of BH wine.
My Favorite New York Winery
Even though, Bully Hill on Keuka Lake is my favorite, rest assured, each of the other six beautiful lakes have plenty of wineries for your enjoyment!
Visit Official Travel and Tourism Information for Finger Lakes Wine Country to plan your next visit.
List of New York Wineries on Keuka Lake Wine Trail
- Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars
Address: 9749 Middle Road Hammondsport, NY 14840-9612
- Heron Hill Winery & Cafe
Address: 9301 County Route 76 Hammondsport, NY 14840-9685
- Hunt Country Vineyards
Address: 4021 Italy Hill Road Branchport, NY 14418-9615
- Rooster Hill Vineyards
Address: 489 State Route 54 S Penn Yan, NY 14527
- Barrington Cellars Winery
Address: 2794 Gray Road Penn Yan, NY 14527-9554
- Keuka Overlook Wine Cellars
Address: 5777 Old Bath/Gardner Road Dundee, NY 14837
- Keuka Spring Vineyards
Address: 243 State Route 54 280 East Lake Road Penn Yan, NY 14527
- Stever Hill Vineyards
Address: 3962 Stever Hill Road Branchport, NY 14418
- Yates Cellars Winery
Address: 3170 Route 54A Bluff Point, NY 14478
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Before I continue...go open that bottle of BH sitting on your wine rack and let me know what message pops up on your cork