Latitude 44° – From Vision to Fruition
The Best Is Yet to Come!
One of the unique benefits of Rolling Hills Estate Winery, which includes our longer-stay seasonal community, is that our oasis can become your home. The comforting sense of camaraderie and community is a constant, with a focus on serenity, food and wine. Familiar faces, year after year, bring family, friends and neighbors together in this private, gated Estate Winery community.
Immerse & Explore
Be Among the First
It’s not just a destination — it’s an experience. Hailed by some as the leader of one of the newest officially recognized American Viticultural Areas — The Champlain Valley of New York AVA — Rolling Hills Estate Winery has cultivated 21-acres of cold-hardy grape varietals resulting in wines that capture the pure beauty and essence of both this land and region. These varietals are distinctive — each with its own tale to tell. Through thoughtful craftsmanship a perfect blend of distinction, uniqueness, and familiarity is created in each bottle.
With limited availability by allotment only, be one of the fortunate few to experience the individuality of meticulously crafted small batch wines. Originality over the same old mediocrity has never been so true.
Unswerving Devotion to Breaking the Mold
Simply stated, our mission is to make great wine! Our team of true artisans treats every interested wine lover as family and future winemakers through wine tastings, food pairings and experiences. Our philosophy is to explore, connect, and share. Be a part of something truly special –Rolling Hills Estate Winery’s unique and unwavering devotion to keeping it real. Not mass-produced wine, but the individuality of handcrafted, small-batch, pure wine cultivated by true wine artisans. By developing relationships through food and wine, our philosophy embodies that wine is a conversation that is more than just a moment in time between friends. It often lingers, bringing us back to a special time and place… the flavor is reflective of the unique terroir and people who nurture the vines and create the time-honored wines in each bottle. With that first sip, the conversation continues, and you become part of the story.
We strive to bring you one of the largest and finest collections of NYS wines in our private Tasting Barn, paired with the finest in culinary delights set in a breathtaking modern oasis.
Steeped in Tradition
In the mid-nineteenth century, Westport, NY was a fashionable resort town. With the popularity of steamboat and railway travel and the lure of the ‘North Country,’ socialites, athletes, and politicians flocked to the Westport Inn, one of the most gracious grand hotels of the Adirondacks.
In 1903, Joseph Pacificus Ord, the Vice President of the General Electric Company, married Susan Van der Poel of Albany. That same year they purchased land for their summer home, located on what is now Rolling Hills Estate Winery.
Our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt also has a connection to Westport. President Roosevelt loved hunting in the Adirondacks. His good friend & Harvard classmate, Thomas Lee, started Thomas Lee Bottleworks, which bottled the celebrated mountain spring water of Westport. Throughout his Presidency, Roosevelt preferred that only this spring water be served at the White House. This is the very same spring water used to irrigate our vineyards.
As you relax in one of our many Adirondack Chairs, you will be sitting on another of Thomas Lee’s successes – the original ‘Westport Chair,’ which he designed and patented in 1904, and later became known as the iconic Adirondack Chair!
In previous years, Rolling Hills Estate Winery was enjoyed only by grateful friends and family of the current property owners. In 2020, the owners made the decision to open this majestic Estate Winery to those seeking a true wine and food experience in a home-away-from-home environment — without the required upkeep and expenses of ownership.
-Historical information provided by The Adirondack History Museum