Based in Ovid, NY the pair started this project in 2019, fully transitioning from wine service to winemaking after years spent in New York City restaurants. Their viticultural apprenticeships included stops in both Austria and Australia that helped finalize the shape they knew they wanted their wines and winery to take.
The Cayuga that they work with for this wine belongs to their next-door neighbor and is the first commercially planted vineyard of the grape, dating back to the 70s. They treat the grape simply, fermenting it whole-cluster and splitting it 2/3 into stainless steel and 1/3 into neutral barrel, all done completely zero-zero. It was bottled in April and is well settled, venturing over toward the savory side before pulling you back with just enough fruit on the palate, while the acid shows itself by way of green citrus.
The term Usonia was coined by Frank Lloyd Wright and refers to his vision for a fully democratic America unbound by the conventions of the Old World. Jules and Alex have taken that to allow themselves the ability to expand what winemaking in New York looks like, unbound by prestige or status.