Inspire Moore Winery
Award winning wines from the FingerLakes
Founded in 2007, with the first vintages a 2006 Riesling and Syrah, our winemaking is focused on premium vineyard driven Finger Lakes wines. Inspire Moore produces over 12 different wines, including Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Traminette, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Zweigelt, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and recently our award-winning ‘Best of NY state’ Blaufrankisch to name a few.
Riesling is the dominant varietal in the cellar where we a produce a juicy, quaffable style in LOVE to vineyard designated styles in the Nathaniel J. Moore series. We have recently introduced Zweigelt and Gruener Veltliner to our portfolio as these are cool climate varieties that held a particular interest to Tim from his time spent studying winemaking in Austria. It was through his experiences studying abroad and at UCD that Tim developed a unique vision for creating cool climate wines which his son learned from him and continues today. Working with his California-trained winemaker father has also molded Nathaniel into a winemaker who is driven to extract the best reds in the Finger Lakes.
Our winery is situated on the historical center where Naples was founded, in the place the Seneca people once called Nundawao. Of local folklore, the winery was previously a tavern, a stagecoach stop and then finally a carriage house. We transformed the original structure using reclaimed timbers from the Northeast, creating a more energy efficient, beautifully crafted, working winery. Inspire Moore is a boutique winery producing a few thousand cases of Finger Lakes appellation wines whose focus is on aromatic varietal whites, vintage driven varietal reds, ice wine and blends that are defined by small lot production.
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We searched all over the Finger Lakes for the winery site which resonated with us the most in all ways—beauty, functionality, history, lush vineyards and rolling hills with an abundance of artistry all around. The Village of Naples is a historic spot loaded with many years of grape history, grape pie, wine, artists and music. We are passionate people who constantly work to capture the true characteristics of the vineyards where our wines are developed. It is in the land and the people who cultivate the flavors that the artistry of our wine begins.
Sustainability is one of our cornerstones to all our business practices. We work with growers who implement Vine-Balance practices developed through Cornell Cooperative Extension for the grapes that we purchase. We compost all our grape pomace that is left over from harvest which is utilized in the farm garden or vineyard. We use colloidal cleaners in the cellar that are free of phosphates and chlorine. Our cleaners work at lower temperatures, reducing energy consumption and require only a water rinse, no acid neutralizers. We work with countless local businesses to provide economic viability to our region. We use recyclable corks and no capsules. Many of our bottles are screen printed without paper labels. We recycle as much material from the winery and café as possible. We use our food scraps that are sorted and fed back to the chickens that provide our eggs. All else goes back to the compost pile to feed our farm garden.
MEET THE MOORE’S
Timothy Moore first came to the Finger Lakes in 1998 with his wife, Diane, and their growing family. Throughout his career as a winemaker he knew the potential that New York state wines could have. Thus, in 2007 he and Diane opened Inspire Moore winery. The dream of starting a winery was always a part of their vision from the time they met. Tim and Diane were blessed to have 5 beautiful children who became an integral part of everyday life at the winery. Tim brought over 15 years of winemaking and grape-growing experience in the Finger Lakes to Inspire Moore. Though he is no longer with us in physical form, his legacy continues on through his son, Nathaniel, who also studied winemaking and worked by his father’s side. Nathaniel approaches winemaking with the same passion and artistry that he learned from his father. Inspire Moore thrives as a family business as that is the basis of all that we believe in and hold to be most important in life.