The vineyards are part of a 400-acre farm located on East Line Road in Clayton, New York. Prior to becoming a vineyard, the land was an abandoned farm. Owner, Phil Randazzo made it his goal to revitalize it into the burgeoning vineyard it is today.
The Perfect Combination
The soil at Coyote Moon Vineyards is rich with clay, granite, and minerals that provide the basis for full, rich grapes. Gently sloping vineyards run southwest to northeast to get the prevailing winds and the longest exposure to daylight. Coyote Moon Vineyards’ soil composition, St. Lawrence River watershed, air currents, and the Randazzo’s touch, (also known as terroir) combined with the Northern Climate grapes create flavors present in the wines that cannot be found anywhere else.
Marquette, Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Frontenac Blanc, Brianna, and La Crescent are all Northern Climate grapes that are the product of the University of Minnesota’s grape growing project. The grapes were created through a hybridization program and are extremely hardy.
Best Practices Vineyard
Notably, Coyote Moon Vineyards is a best practices vineyard that works with Cornell University and 11 other universities to determine the best way to prune, trellis, and promote the Northern Climate Grapes. Throughout the summer, visitors to the vineyards will see scientists combing through the rows taking samples, measuring, and investigating Coyote Moon’s techniques. All the information is gathered and then disseminated throughout New York to all Northern Climate grape growers to aid the development of the grapes and the industry prospering from them.