At Point of the Bluff Vineyards we believe that wine making begins in the vineyard, and requires the finest grapes sourced from the very best growers of their regions. Whether growing Riesling or Pinot Noir in New York at our own Keuka Lake vineyards, or grapes grown in other regions around the world, our winemaker works with vineyard managers to ensure that the grapes are grown, tended and harvested to the highest standards.

We believe that fine wine making is like gourmet cooking: There are more creative opportunities allowing for spectacular results when you start with the finest seasonal ingredients from anywhere, treat them with respect, celebrate the purity of what they possess, and allow the winemaker to express his vision of what they can become.

Riesling Grapes

About the Winemaker

Michael Countryman

Michael Countryman

Michael Countryman is a hands-on winemaker and vineyard manager who has been growing grapes and making wine in the Finger Lakes for over 2 decades. In that time, his wines have garnered top awards in competitions all over the world, including: Best of Show, Best of Class and Best in the World to name just a few. A few of Mikes favorite wines to make are Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet and a variety of Dessert and Ice Wines. He also enjoys brewing Beer.