Pleasant Valley Wine Company, which was founded in 1860, is the region’s oldest winery and U.S. Bonded Winery #1. Named “physically the most atmospheric winery in the whole of the region” by Frommer’s and called one of “five don’t-miss wineries” by the Philadelphia Inquirer,” Pleasant Valley offers unique winery tours allowing you a wonderful glimpse of the past. Known for its Great Western Champagne, Pleasant Valley also bottles for a number of other companies like Myx Fusions for celebrity Nicky Minaj.
The first American winery to win an award in Europe for sparkling wine in 1867, Pleasant Valley’s Great Western Champagne also won a gold medal in Vienna in 1873.
*Guided tours are conducted daily from Memorial Day through mid-November, weather permitting. Please call for availability in the winter season. Tours take about 45 minutes and leave periodically starting at approximately 11:00 am with the last tour departing at approximately 3 pm.
Visitor Center (with wine museum), Tasting Room, Gift Shop, and Special Tours of Eight Buildings on National Registry of Historic Places (*see above)
Over 500 acres of vineyards on Keuka and Seneca Lakes including Riesling, Chardonnay, Delaware, Catawba and Concord
Most Popular Wines:
Great Western Champagne (made here for over 150 years), Ports, Sherry, Chocolate Lab, as well as Pleasant Valley Marsala and Madeira (both cooking wines)
Great Western Sparkling Rosé is a Chardonnay Champagne blended with Sparkling Burgundy Cuvée, and Vanilla Cream Sherry
Did you know?
Because of the internationally recognized excellence of Pleasant Valley Champagnes, and because of the similarities of climatic and soil conditions between the area and the Champagne district of France, Pleasant Valley came to be called the “Rheims of America.” When the U.S. Postal Service opened a branch at the winery in 1870, it used the postmark, “Rheims, N.Y.,” which was used until 1945 when rural delivery took its place.