Winery Spotlight: Boundary Breaks Vineyard

Boundary Breaks Vineyard is tucked deep into the Finger Lakes region, nestled on the edge of Seneca Lake. We already know this area is rich with delicious wineries, and Boundary Breaks is no exception.

This one-of-a-kind vineyard is owned by husband and wife team Bruce Murray and Diana Lyttle, and exists for a unique purpose: to bring a refreshing perspective on the Riesling. A Riesling should be the best combination of acidity, residual sugar, and flavor, and that’s what the folks at Boundary Breaks strive to achieve with their wines.

“There are three key reasons that our Rieslings taste the way the way they do. The first, and most important, is the location of the vineyard; the second, is our approach to vineyard management; and the third is the experience of our winemakers who have been working with our fruit since our first vintage in 2011,” says Murray. 

Because of their location on Seneca Lake, the deepest of the Finger Lakes, Boundary Breaks sits in a perfectly moderated cool climate, which is perfect for growing the sweeter white wines like Cabernet Franc, Gewurztraminer, and of course, Riesling. The soils around their vineyard are made of a rich clay which retains more moisture, but grapevines tend to succeed in dry ground, so they buried drainage pipes under their entire vineyard to absorb some of that extra moisture.


Boundary Breaks Vineyard takes great care to provide the ripest of grapes for the most beautiful bottles of wine, so they work year-round to care for their vines. During the season, they position their vines to get the maximum sun exposure, and prior to that, they spend countless hours painstakingly pruning back each one to prepare it for the new growth.

This amazing vineyard produces a variety of Rieslings as well as other delicious wines such as a Dry Rosé, an unoaked Chardonnay, and a fantastic red blend called the Harmonic Red. You can buy them on their website or head to their tasting room on Seneca Lake which is open 7 days a week from 11am to 5pm.  


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