Our Story


A lot of people fall in love with the idea of becoming a winemaker — and a honeymoon is probably one of the most typical moments to have such fantasies! But most of us don’t then come home and become successful winemakers.

That’s the story of Vinny Aliperti, winemaker and owner of Billsboro Winery. He’s been making wine now for almost 20 years. Together with his wife Kim,  a long-time wine enthusiast and manager of operations, the two own and operate Billsboro Winery.  A centuries old barn is home to their main tasting room and sits on an idyllic 28 acres overlooking the northern end of Seneca Lake, in the Finger Lakes region of New York, surrounded by century-old walnut trees, terraced fields and a deep wooded ravine.

Don’t let their laid-back, humble demeanor fool you, they are making serious wine— their dynamic approach has earned praise both locally and nationally. 

About Us – Bios

  • Vinny Aliperti

    Owner and Winemaker Vinny has been hooked on winemaking for over 15 years. Starting out in the Hamptons of Long Island, he apprenticed for three vintages (1997- 1999) at Wolffer Estate under long-time winemaker Roman Roth, producing mostly Chardonnay and Merlot. In early 2000, Vinny moved his family to the Finger Lakes to work at the legendary Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, where he was first exposed to Riesling production. In 2001 Vinny joined then startup Atwater Estate Vineyards, where he continues today heading up winemaking operations of over 15 different varieties. Vinny’s winemaking style is often described as crisp and fruit-driven with a focus on creating intense but balanced wines. His dynamic approach has earned him praise both locally and nationally, including several write-ups in The Wine Spectator and New York Cork Report.

    Kimberly Aliperti

    Owner and Operations Manager Kim is a former Peace Corps volunteer and high school English teacher. She is especially devoted to children and is an active member in many civic organizations in the Geneva community. A long-time wine enthusiast, Kim was the impetus in moving forward to purchase Billsboro Winery in 2007. Kim puts her classroom and boardroom skills to work in juggling all the elements involved in running Billsboro, one of the Finger Lakes best destination’s for wine tastings and special events. To read more about us, A Note from the Owners


    Deanna Fello

    Tasting Room Manager



    Deanna is a native Genevan with many years of local Food & Beverage experience.

    Before joining Billsboro, Deanna worked for 8 years in Las Vegas, supervising the VIP Customer Service Dept. at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and as the Head Hostess of fine dining rooms at the Luxor Resort & Casino.