Brien started at Anthony Road Wine company in the spring of 2009. He is a graduate of Finger Lakes Community College with an Associates Degree in Viticulture and Enology. Prior to that he was a Financial Services Sales Representative in the Finger Lakes Area. He currently lives in Farmington with his two sons.
"Growing wine grapes is not my first career, but one that was inevitable. I spent the better part of my youth working with my father in his landscaping business, and nursery. He had a certain way of handling and caring for his plants that taught me the meaning of stewardship. He was also a hobby winemaker. His love for wine and the Finger Lakes were the fuel for his passion. I remember making many trips to the Experimental Station in Geneva each fall to pick up fruit. My brothers and I would spend countless hours pressing grapes, washing bottles, and bottling wine, not much different than a commercial winery. It brought me to the realization that I liked working with my hands, and understood the satisfaction that comes from hard repetitive work. I carried that with me until I read a simple quote that hit home. 'Don't die with your music inside you'. Shortly after that I traded my shoes for a pair of work boots."
"My credo is to do things right, or don't do them at all. It parallels a quote that we use at the Winery by Pliney the Elder; 'In wine, there is Truth.' If you cut corners in the vineyard, or lose sight of the details, it's going to show up in the final product. It may mean weeks of leaf pulling by hand, days of installing bird netting with bread twist ties until your wrists ache, or spending money on a project when there's not much to begin with."
"I consider my self lucky to be working in this young growing AVA, and especially fortunate to be working for the Martini family. If you visit us, weather in the tasting room, cellar, or vineyard, Im sure you'll agree that we take pride in what we do."
Ann grew up in Rochester, New York and the New York City suburbs of New Jersey; John grew up in the same New Jersey suburbs. After working in teaching (Ann) and Peace Corps and business (John), they moved to Yates County in 1973 to grow grapes and raise their family on 100 acres overlooking Seneca L ...more
Peter Martini grew up on the family farm, working in the vineyards from a young age. He graduated from Clarkson University in 1990 with a BS degree in business management and moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for the summer season. Nine years later, after working as an automotive technician for one of ...more
With an education in Fine Arts and an incarnation as a casting director for a fashion photographer in New York City, it was only natural that Peter would end up becoming a wine maker in the Finger Lakes! Peter was bitten by the the proverbial wine bug and found his life moving quickly in a new direc ...more
Elizabeth Witt was born in Rochester, NY but spent her childhood summers with her grandparents in vineyards surrounding Keuka Lake. After they retired, the joy of summer days spend among the vines lay dormant until a winery visit with out-of-town family rekindled a nostalgic spark. She enrolled in t ...more
Johannes Reinhardt, a German native, was born in the little village of Franconia, 80 miles east of Frankfort. Johannes grew up in a family that has been in the wine business since 1438. He has been in the vineyards and wine cellars all his life and his attraction to wines and winemaking began at a v ...more
Sarah grew up on Anthony Road, she left for school, adventures and careers elsewhere. In 2013 she left her profession as a registered dietitian to work full time in the family business. Sarah and her husband Mike have 4 children and live in Geneva, NY. Running has been and continues to be a lifelo ...more
Michael married into the Anthony Road Wine Company family in 1999 and has literally enjoyed the fruits of others' labor. Slowly but surely he realized that involvement in the family business would be inevitable, and unbeknownst to anyone else he took on the self-appointed, pro bono position of ARWC ...more