Torrey Ridge owners buy Rooster Hill Vineyards

Paul Curcillo and Stephanie King, the Philadelphia couple who bought Torrey Ridge Winery in 2015, have now acquired another Finger Lakes winery: Rooster Hill Vineyards.

Rooster Hill’s founders were Amy and Dave Hoffman, who decided to retire after 16 years in the wine business.

“We did what we came to do … build a successful winery,” said Amy Hoffman, the former president of Rooster Hill. “It’s been a great run and now it’s time to relax.”

Paul Curcillo and Stephanie King, left, bought Rooster Hill Vineyards from founders Amy and Dave Hoffman, right.
Paul Curcillo and Stephanie King, left, bought Rooster Hill Vineyards from founders Amy and Dave Hoffman, right.

Curcillo and King’s wine-making portfolio includes Earle Estates Meadery, Redneck Wines, WortHog Cidery, Earle Estates Specialty Wines and soon-to-be-released CuKi Fine Wines. They’re all produced on the west side of Seneca Lake.

Torrey Ridge was named “Winery of the Year” in 2017 by the New York State Wine & Grape Foundation.

Rooster Hill, on the east side of Keuka Lake, has won more than 330 medals for its wines during the Hoffman’s time.

Curcillo describes himself as a third-generation winemaker, following in the steps of his father and grandfather, who were hobbyist winemakers. But Curcillo quickly outpaced their production at home and moved into winemaking as a business.

“We love coming up here,” said Curcillo. “It’s one of the best decisions we ever made. Everyone we know who visits comes back.”

“CK Cellar’s purchase is a direct reflection on the confidence Paul and Stephanie have in our region,” said Stanley Olevnik, a salesman for Howard Hanna Lake Group who facilitated the winery sale. “The addition of Rooster Hill to their organization creates synergies in production and customer service that enhance the roles of local employees and support our growing tourist industry.”

Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

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Finger Lakes wine wins gold medal in California competition

Rooster Hill Bubbly Bantam
Rooster Hill Bubbly Bantam

Rooster Hill Vineyards’ Bubbly Bantam wine has earned Best of Class and a Gold Medal at Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition.

The Penn Yan, Yates County, winery’s Sparkling Cider also received a Silver Medal at the event’s cider competition.

Bubbly Bantam is the culmination of six experimental trials that began in 2015 with the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. The wine is a blend of three French-American hybrid varieties, and the bulk of the blend is Vidal Blanc from Rooster Hill’s estate vineyards.

Dan Berger, a former wine columnist with the Los Angeles Times, started the California wine competition in 1982. The competition is open to wines from around the globe, and winning wines are categorized as gold, silver, bronze, Best of Class and Best of Show.

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