Billsboro Winery sits on 65 acres overlooking the northern end of Seneca Lake. Surrounded by century old walnut trees, terraced fields and a deep wooded ravine, our idyllic setting sets the stage for wine lovers to enjoy.
In 2007, Vinny and Kim Aliperti embarked on a quest to create dynamic wines from grapes sourced from the southeastern slopes of Seneca Lake. Focusing on dry vinifera varietals, Billsboro strives to produce balanced and distinctive wines that reflect the character of the Finger Lakes and the personality of the vintage.
Billsboro Winery is located along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, just 5 miles south of Geneva, NY at 4760 West Lake Road, also known as Route 14. Look for our sign on the west side, between Armstrong and Reed Roads.
As we all know, it takes great grapes to make great wine… Sawmill Creek Vineyards, located on the slopes of southeast Seneca Lake, is where Billsboro sources its grapes. Learn more about Sawmill’s passion and dedication to grape growing in the Finger Lakes…
“The most important thing a grower can apply to his vineyards are his own two feet” – Jim Hazlitt
Six generations of Hazlitts have loved and cared for this land. Once covered with fruit trees and native grapes, the farm was converted to vinifera varieteies in the early to mid-80’s by Jim, with the help of Eric. …read more Positioned between the 41st and 46th parallells, New York is entirely north of California. …read more
About Us – Bios
Vinny and Kim Aliperti
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.
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.
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
Tasting Room Manager