Pleasant Valley Wine Company, also known as Great Western Winery, is a historic winery complex located in the Hamlet of Rheims in the Town of Urbana in Steuben County, New York. The complex consists of nine historic buildings constructed of fieldstone. The five oldest structures were built in the 1860s and are in the Italianate style. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.Arrange your visit to Pleasant Valley Wine Company and discover more family-friendly attractions in Hammondsport using our Hammondsport attractions planning site .
The winery has the largest plantings of Chardonnay and Riesling in New York.
Established on March 15, 1860 by Charles Champlin and 12 other investors, the winery is the first bonded winery in the United States; bonded winery #1. The winery produced Isabella and Catawba initially, expanding into sparkling wine production in 1865, earning the Pleasant Valley the nickname "the Reims of America." The on-site post office used the postmark "Reims, NY" until 1945.
During Prohibition, the winery survived by making sacramental and medicinal wines. After Repeal, the winery was sold several times, including the Taylor Wine Company in 1961, and inclusion in the sale of Taylor to Coca-Cola in 1977. Coke sold the winery to Joseph E. Seagram & Sons in 1983, which sold the winery to Vintners International in 1987. In 1995, the winery was purchased by the Doyle family.
Pleasant Valley Wine Company Reviews
Ok, I am not a wine expert, but it seemed that those tasting all of the various wines and purchasing them must have been satisfied to say the least! Every year I take international students to visit o... more »
We missed the 45 minute tour that is given once per hour ($5) so we just went thru the museum area in the main building. Lots of interesting information in there. We went into the tasting area that is... more »
This place seems stuck in time, as the oldest wine maker in the region that isn't necessarily a bad thing. The museum is a bit outdated (see the USSR flag) but it's cute. The tastings are free and the store is well stocked. Overall a good stop on a tour of the wine region! Their bubbly was as good as expected!
My wife and I came here 20 years ago during our honeymoon. We came back this week to celebrate our anniversary. They were great 20 years ago and they have maintained that quality. Spumante and the peach chardonnay are amazing. If you are able to go during harvest season, check out their tours. One of the oldest and best winery's in the Finger Lakes. Highly recommend.
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