About

A TEST SITE FROM THE PAST

The Standing Stone site is a very special farm, originally planted by Gold Seal Vineyards in the early 1970s. The planting of Riesling and Chardonnay was preceded by years of research on multiple sites throughout the Finger Lakes, by industry leaders Charles Fournier and Guy DeVaux. The Gold Seal research and planting, along with the vision of Standing Stone Vineyards founders Tom and Marti Macinski, has contributed to the Finger Lakes gaining greater recognition.

Charles Fournier

Guy Devaux

AN EXPERIMENTAL FUTURE

A new era begins as Fred Merwarth and Oskar Bynke of Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyards succeed the Macinskis as owners of Standing Stone Vineyards. With respect to the heritage of Standing Stone, this next generation of venerable vintners looks forward to bringing new life to the grounds, featuring fascinating experimentation and expanded production. Embracing the site, the results will show in the bottle.

MEET THE TEAM

FRED MERWARTH

Owner, Winemaker, Phenom

In 2001, Fred Merwarth started out as an apprentice at Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, getting his job with a cold call to none other than Finger Lakes wine legend, Hermann Wiemer. After many years of hard work, from cleaning barrels to learning the trade of winemaker, Merwarth took over the operation in 2007. Merwarth and Wiemer worked out a deal that transferred ownership and day-to-day management of the winery to him and Oskar Bynke, the general manager and a college friend. 

OSKAR BYNKE

Owner, Winemaker, Showman

Oskar Bynke is co-owner of Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard in Finger Lakes region of New York. Over the last decade, Oskar and his business partner, Winemaker Fred Merwarth, have succeeded in placing Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard in particular, and the Finger Lakes region in general, on the global Riesling map, making sure the region is understood for its distinctiveness. Before joining Wiemer, Oskar, a Swedish agronomist who holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics and studied at Cornell University, worked in the wine business in New York City.

 

JESSICA JOHNSON

Assistant Winemaker, Squirrel

Jessica began her career in winemaking in 2011 as an assistant to Marti and Tom Macinski, the former owners of Standing Stone Vineyards. She soon developed a love affair with Vidal, which continues to this day, as she consistently manages to sneak a tank or two to ferment outside of the watchful eye of current winemaker Fred Merwarth. 

KYLE BARNHART

Manager, Public Servant

Kyle began his career in hospitality at Red Newt Cellars in 2001, but is known locally for joining the crew at the Stonecat Cafe, where he helped grow the restaurant from a fledgling operation into one of the Finger Lakes' most beloved eateries. When not serving the public in the Standing Stone tasting room, Kyle serves the public by holding public office in his hometown of Lodi, New York.

APRIL HUNT

Wine Club Manager, Vidal defender

April was introduced into the wine industry in 2011, joining the tasting room staff at Standing Stone Vineyards. Coming from a career in customer service, April is now focusing on improving her wine education through programs such as Women for WineSense. A very family-oriented woman, April briefly left Standing Stone in 2015 to begin a family of her own, but she has recently returned to help oversee her other family--the Standing Stone enthusiasts and wine club members.

JOIN OUR TEAM

We're always looking for passionate and knowledgeable wine geeks to join our team. If you are interested, please send an email to ssvny@standingstonewines.com.