The care and commitment of the grape growing is reflected in the winemaking. By growing our own grapes, we are able to produce quality wine.
Our wines, still and sparkling, are from vinifera grapes which include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The hybrids include Siegfried Riesling and Vidal Blanc. Native Labrusca are Niagara, Concord and Catawba.
1969 – The land that now houses Schulze Winery is purchased. This includes a small established Niagara and Concord vineyard which will later be used for juice production.
1970 – Contract begins with Welch’s for juice.
1972 – Contract begins with Great Western for juice.
1974 – The vineyard is expanded.
1980 – Hybrid Siegfried Riesling grapes are planted and a first attempt at producing still and sparkling wine is made at home.
1985 – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes are planted as a trial run. Opening a winery becomes an idea and the vineyard is prepared to produce grapes for this venture. The contract for supplying grape juice continues.
1986 – Contract begins with Cliffstar for juice.
2000 – The vineyard expands by planting Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes.
2002 – The vineyard expands by planting Vidal Blanc grapes.
2003 – Additional grapes are planted. Contract starts to supply several local wineries with grapes.
2004 – Grafted and cloned Siegfried Riesling grapes are planted.
2005 – Domenic Carisetti is hired as winemaker. Produced and bottled first harvest for our own use.
2006 – State Liquor License and federal permits are granted.
2007 – Schulze Winery opens. A dream is realized.
2010 – Jonathan Oakes is contracted as winemaker.