Who We Are
It might seem like an odd choice, putting a distillery in the middle of a wine region. But if you think about it, it makes sense. For one thing, we have immediate access to the crop of one of the best grape-growing regions in the country. We even have our own vineyard in front of the distillery. The Finger Lakes region is also home to quite a few small farms, from which we get our corn, rye, barley, and the other grains and fruits that we use to make our premium spirits.
Finger Lakes Distilling is a NYS Farm Distillery, which means that we’re a small operation making a handcrafted product. It also means we’re able to devote all our attention to everything we make; we don’t take any shortcuts. Our flavored vodkas and liqueurs are made in the traditional manner, by soaking real fruits in the spirit. We don’t add extracts or synthetic flavoring to speed up the process. Our whiskies rest in oak barrels for as long as they need to, until they mature into the rich aged spirit we offer with pride.
Although the distillery is young, our vision is built on a foundation of tradition.
The design of our distillery is inspired by the classic style of Scottish whisky distilleries, with its white walls, black trim, and elegant pagoda roof.
Inside the distillery is spacious and sunlit, with the stills and barrels full of slowly aging whiskey viewable from the tasting room and store.
Keeping with our traditional vision, we believe in minimizing waste and using everything. Spent grains from fermentation are used by local farmers as animal feed. The oak floors of our distillery are reclaimed siding from a tobacco barn in Kentucky, and the wood bordering our tasting bar also used to be part of a local barn.