John H. Brahm III, co-owner of Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery and legendary Finger Lakes winemaker died suddenly on Saturday.
According to Ontario County Sheriff’s deputies, emergency crews were dispatched to Hawks Road in South Bristol about noon for the report of a man trapped between a vehicle and a garage. First responders arrived on the scene to find Mr. Brahm pinned between a minivan and the garage. Mr. Brahm was deceased when first responders arrived. Naples fire and ambulance crews, Canandaigua Ambulance ALS and Ontario County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene.
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation and reported Sunday the incident appears accidental.
Mr. Brahm, 76, founded Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery with his wife Katie in 1987. A Cornell University graduate who had a long career with Widmer Wine Cellars, Mr. Brahm carried on a family tradition of grape-growing and winemaking in the Naples and South Bristol areas along the west side of Canandaigua Lake. Arbor Hill, a cluster of antique buildings with retail shop, gourmet food production facility, wine cellar and Brew & Brats restaurant, comprise one of the most celebrated wine and grape businesses in the Finger Lakes region.
A Facebook post Sunday on behalf of Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery reads:
John Brahm III, a man who devoted his life to his family, his friends, his community, and his business has left us suddenly. Over his 76 years, John has touched numerous lives and created a legacy that will last for decades to come. He will be missed dearly. Because this was unexpected, we need to ask that you respect the family’s privacy as arrangements are being made. When information about his celebration of life becomes available we will post it. If you feel that you need to reach out, or visit, please contact John French first as they are still grieving. 585-746-7810.