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Glenora Brut 2013

Glenora Brut 2013

“The Glenora Brut ripened slowly during the cool 2013 vintage of the Finger Lakes. The cuvée had delicate strawberry flavors and moderately firm acidity when it was filled into tirage in the summer of 2014. The clean, crisp palate is enhanced with moderate yeast autolysis for a seamlessly balanced sparkling wine with elegant effervescence.”

– Steve DiFrancesco, Winemaker


Elegant yeast and delicate fruit delightfully intermingle in the 2013 Brut sparkling wine from Glenora Wine Cellars. The grapes were grown during the cool 2013 vintage near Seneca Lake, Producing delicate strawberry and elegant apple flavors. This sparkling wine has filled into tirage for the secondary fermentation during the summer of 2014, producing a profusion of tiny bubbles that explode to the surface upon opening the bottle. A moderate dosage of 1.2% provides a clean, crisp balance on the palate. The blend is a classically proportioned at 76% Pinot Noir, 24% Chardonnay and the moderate dosage adds luscious creaminess.




The first winery on Seneca Lake and a pioneer of New York’s Finger Lakes wine region. Located just 8 miles north of Watkins Glen, New York, Glenora Wine Cellars is widely known for its warm hospitality and magnificent lakeside setting, and is also home to a 30 room Inn and a fine dining restaurant. Since 1977, Glenora Wine Cellars has received numerous national and international awards and has hosted thousands of visitors.


Steve is the Head Winemaker for Glenora Wine Cellars. Steve earned his degree in Biology from Stetson University and has since enjoyed 40 harvests in the Finger Lakes, plus one in Chile.

Steve started his winemaking career in the late 1970s, working with Guy DeVaux and Charles Fournier at Gold Seal Vineyards and their excellent sparkling wines. While at Gold Seal, Steve did critical research on secondary fermentations that was later applied to mainstream production. He experimented with the production of sparkling wines using unique grape varieties, as well.

Steve became the assistant winemaker at Glenora in the late 1980s as part of an ambitious expansion program with an emphasis on Sparkling Wines. In 1995, Steve was promoted to head winemaker. Riesling is at the forefront of production for Steve, along with other aromatic white vinifera wines, sparkling wines, and barrel aged red wines.

Steve is a very friendly and personable winemaker, and he enjoys talking ‘shop’ with visitors and other winemakers.  Hopefully, you will get a chance to meet Steve in person!

Winemaker Notes, About Glenora Wine Cellars, and about Steve Difrancesco sourced from