Fred works with our winemaker and our farm staff to select and cultivate grape varieties. Fred makes decisions regarding site selection and vine maintenance to optimize vine health, fruit flavor, and land stewardship. Fred is a third-generation Cornellian who spent over 30 years managing and consulting for international food companies before returning to the family farm to manage Johnson Estate Winery.
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Jennifer plans wine and food pairing events and menus, manages marketing, and oversees winery renovations and restoration. She has worked in the finance industry, studied historical architecture restoration, and spent several years developing and marketing the Chautauqua–Lake Erie Wine Trail, serving as President. An avid gardener, Jennifer has established extensive perennial, fruit, and herb plantings around the farm that often provide ingredients used in meals served at the winery.
Jeff monitors the acidity, Brix level (sugar content), and flavor profile of the grapes so they can be harvested at peak ripeness. He oversees the winemaking process of crushing, fermentation, blending, and oaking, striving to express the unique flavor of each grape varietal. Jeff has a Germanic tilt to his style of winemaking, revealing the terroir of the grapes by forgoing excessive oak. He has introduced several new award-winning wines to our inventory, including Port and Sherry. Jeff graduated from Penn State, worked at Glenora Wine Cellars in the Finger Lakes, and helped start Arrowhead Cellars in North East, PA before joining Johnson Estate in 2003.
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