Our Grapes-old

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

“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 farm. Once covered with fruit trees and native grapes, the land 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

Vineyard Practices

Sawmill Creek Vineyards proudly utilizes sustainable winegrowing practices protect our soil, air and water – elements that breathe life, and ultimately flavor, into our grapes and our wineries wines. Being good stewards of the land and good neighbors are principles we live by each and every day. Adopting environmentally and socially responsible practices and making them an integral part of how we do business is our way of ensuring the health of our land and our community as well as the economic sustainability of our farm for generations to come. Some of these practices are as follows.

Soils and Nutrients

Pre-plant soil analysis and amendments (nutrients, organic matter, compaction, drainage, pH), Soil and water conservation structures (diversion ditches, buffer strips), Tile drainage, Organic matter additions, Regular soil and tissue sampling, Efficient nitrogen use and timing of nutrient applications, Safe and secure storage of fertilizers

Vineyard Floor and Water Management

Mulching for water retention, organic matter, and erosion prevention, Seeded cover crops and maintaining permanent cover between rows, Hilling up vines to prevent winter injury, Non-chemical and post-emergent weed management techniques.

Viticulture/Canopy Management

Selecting appropriate varieties and rootstocks, Selecting appropriate training systems for the site and variety/rootstock, Estimating and modifying yield through pruning and shoot and cluster thinning, Increasing air flow and spray penetration into the canopy (managing vigor, leaf pulling,hedging), Optimal timing of canopy management for vinifera varieties especially.