The Lucas Vineyards story begins in 1974 when Ruth Lucas and her family moved from the Bronx of New York City to a 60 acre farm in Interlaken, New York. Rooted in the family was a common dream of creating a successful family business through grape growing in the Finger Lakes region which was just starting to thrive.
Lucas vineyards sit on the western side of Cayuga Lake and gradually slope toward the lake. They are composed of a diverse blend of Vinifera and hybrid grapes covering approximately 33 acres. The oldest plantings are from 1975 and our Riesling vines date back to 1980. Lucas uses a variety of trellis systems to train the vines. Their Vinifera grapes are all on a system called Vertical Shoot Positioning, or VSP, which maximizes light exposure and airflow through their canopies. The resultant "divided canopy" has greatly improved Lucas' wine quality over the years.