• Enjoying a glass of red wine at Element Winery.

Small Production Wines We Love

In 2005, Element Winery co-founder and Master Sommelier Christopher Bates returned to the US after spending two vintages in Italy and one in Germany. It was bitter cold that December, but he had an idea burning inside of him. He wanted to create a winery that used the upstate New York climate as a blessing and not a curse. Some 10 years later, Christopher’s original vision still guides our decision-making process today.

Element Winery was founded to explore cool climate terroirs, to produce wines which express their origins without preconceived notions. We make delicate wines, balanced with a focus on mineral and floral aromas, low alcohol and higher acids using a minimalist approach that allows the grapes to speak for themselves. We are dedicated to producing small quantities of wines we love.

With that in mind, we will continue pushing forward, and hope you enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Bob Bates, Owner