"Korked with Kesana Francis" show features Keuka Spring Vineyards
Back in the fall of 2021, we received a visit from Allyshia Renay, host of "Get Away for a Day with Allyshia Renay" and Kesana Francis, host of "Korked with Kesana Francis." We had a delightful time interviewing and showing them around the winery, and were so grateful that they took the time to travel upstate, capture our setting and the feel of our business, and share this with their viewership. Kesana is a WSET certified wine specialist and Allyshia is an award-winning TV host, producer, and "day trip guru."
Tune in live to watch the show where Kesana talks with Len and Judy Wiltberger, founders of Keuka Spring Vineyards and owners for nearly 40 years and their daughter Jeanne Wiltberger, Marketig Director. They also take you behind the scenes to the wine cellar and talk with Head Winemaker Dan Bissell. To top it off, they highlight a Caribbean food pairing with a Keuka Spring wine that you're going to want to know all about.
The show will air live:
Tuesday, April 11th and Thursday, April 13 at 9 pm EST on BRIC
Monday, April 17th at 9 pm EST on Bronxnet
Wednesday, April 19th at 8:30 pm on Manhattan Neighborhood Network
Use the buttons above to link to the sites and make sure to follow Get Away for a Day with Allyshia Renay for updates! If you are in these areas, you can watch on your local networks (listed in Allyshia's posts).
Keuka Spring Vineyards donates $15,000 to local food banks
Recently Keuka Spring Vineyards donated $15,000 to local food banks.
“In the wine business, we are surrounded by food and wine," said Jeanne Wiltberger, Marketing Director and legacy family member at Keuka Spring Vineyards. "We realize that this isn’t the same for everyone. With inflation and costs of food and basic needs rising, we wanted to contribute to reducing food insecurity in our community to share just some of the abundance we are so grateful to experience."
$5000 each was given to the local food pantry organizations: the Living Well Misson, the HOPE Center Keuka Food Pantry, and Milly’s Pantry. Located just outside of Penn Yan, the winery made a deliberate effort to support Penn Yan food-specific organizations.
The Living Well's mission is to connect people to solutions so they may thrive. Their programs provide emergency access to food, personal hygiene and cleaning products; funds to prevent utility shut-offs and prescription discontinuation; and support for residents navigating grief and cancer diagnoses.
The HOPE Center Keuka Food Pantry is fighting hunger one day at a time. In addition to regular access to healthy food, with assistance from the Keuka Food Pantry, families are able to prepare a special meal for the holidays.
Milly’s Pantry fosters equal opportunity for success, self-sufficiency, and confidence for all Yates County children by providing nourishment and academic support.
In addition, staff members of Keuka Spring volunteered at the Living Well Mission in December on a Salvation Army Food Box Distribution Day, packing lunches, unloading supplies, and sorting and organizing food donations. As the food boxes were being moved from trucks to The Well, there were several people who noticed the efforts of the volunteers and stopped to request their own food box. The Well was able to support these additional requests for food boxes through supplies in their emergency food pantry. The winery staff look forward to doing more volunteering in the upcoming year.
Jan Rosequist and Jill Rank, Tasting Room staff at Keuka Spring, pack grab and go lunches and food disribution boxes at the Living Well Mission. Bill Laffin and Steve Matteson of Keuka Spring also helped pack food distribution boxes at the Living Well.
Cheryl Darn and Erin Mowry of the HOPE Center Keuka Food Pantry receive a donation from Jeanne Wiltberger of Keuka Spring Vineyards. Some of the tenets of the HOPE Center are outlined on the sign behind them.
Sandi Perl, Executive Director of the Living Well Mission, receives Keuka Spring Vineyards' donation from Jeanne Wiltberger.
Carleen Wilson, Board Vice President of Milly's Pantry, holds a check donated by Keuka Spring Vineyards.
Keuka Spring Vineyards has been producing premium wines since 1985. Awards include Winery of the Year, three Governor’s Cups for best New York State wine, two Best White Wine in America awards, and numerous 90+ point ratings in national wine magazines. The Tasting Room overlooking the east side of Keuka Lake at 243 Route 54, East Lake Road, Penn Yan is open for tastings Friday-Sunday from January to March and then daily in April on. For more information on tastings, the Vista wine club, upcoming events, or to order their wines, please visit KeukaSpringWinery.com, or contact the winery at 315-536-3147.
Winetraveler recommends Keuka Spring in Best Finger Lakes Wineries to Visit: Complete Visitors Guide
Photo credit: Winetraveler.com
In the "Best Finger Lakes Wineries to Visit: Complete Visitor's Guide", Winetraveler.com lists Keuka Spring Vineyards as a Top Finger Lakes winery. After a brief summary about the Finger Lakes' location and the effects of the lakes on wine growing, author Jamie Elizabeth Metzgar cites the following about Keuka Spring:
"Why Guests Love It: Gorgeous Views, Family Friendly, Vegan Wines Available
Overlooking beautiful Keuka Lake, Keuka Spring Vineyard is gorgeous, relaxing, and delicious. Their Blaufränkisch (aka Lemberger) has a cult following, and with good reason. Keuka Spring also offers vegan wines for those who are committed to a vegan lifestyle."
Some of the other wineries listed include Anthony Road Wine Company, Dr. Konstantin Frank, Weis Vineyards, Living Roots Pop Up, Boundary Breaks, and Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard. Also mentioned are local restaurants, among them The Park Inn and Ports Cafe, accommodations, and activities such as hiking in Watkins Glen State Park. We are excited to be listed among such fantastic destinations!
Sounds like a perfect way to plan your next visit to the area!