Billsboro Winery wins 2016 Governor's Cup with 2013 red

Billsboro Winery has been awarded the Governor’s Cup, New York wine industry’s highest honor, for their 2013 Syrah at the 2016 New York Wine & Food Classic competition.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul visited Billsboro Winery Monday, Aug. 22 to personally recognize the achievement of owner/winemaker Vinny Aliperti and his wife and partner, Kim.

Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation noted that 21 of the 25 Governor’s Cup winning wines in the Classic’s history have been produced by Finger Lakes Region wineries.

Hochul toured the beautiful century old barn that is home to Billsboro’s tasting room, overlooking the northern end of Seneca Lake. In 2007, the Alipertis embarked on a quest to create dynamic wines from grapes sourced from the southeastern slopes of Seneca Lake. Focusing on dry vinifera varietals, Billsboro strives to produce balanced and distinctive wines that reflect the character of the Finger Lakes and the personality of the vintage.

Billsboro has been producing Syrah since 2009 and is one of a select few wineries creating this unique red wine. The grapes are grown on Seneca Lake at Sawmill Creek Vineyards in Hector.

Billsboro Winery is located along Route 14 on the Seneca Lake wine trail, five miles south of Geneva, and also has a tasting room on the grounds of the historic Rose Hill Mansion, 3365 Rte 96A, in Waterloo. Open daily, 11-5 p.m.

For the complete list of awards presented during the 2016 Wine & Food Classic, visit