5102 State Route 89, Romulus, New York, 14541
This historic farm and country property, with an 1833 circa Cobblestone home, 144 acres, 15 acre vineyard, 5.5 acre cherry orchard, winery & tasting room, lake views and 1,860 feet of lakefront is unparalleled in its location and beauty. This county estate could be developed in multiple ways; a lake-view and lake access housing development, a recreational resort OR with its sweeping lawns, lake views and beautifully restored Cobblestone home allows for development into an event destination, imagine holding your wedding at this beautiful and memorable historic farm!
Located on the west side of Cayuga Lake, this property is in the heart of the world renowned grape growing and wine making Finger Lakes region of New York State, home to some of the purest freshwater and largest lakes in the United States. Cayuga Lake is 35 miles long, 3.5 miles wide and 450 feet deep and was carved out during the Ice Age millions of years ago. The farm has been in continuous agriculture for 120 years and is the home to the former Souhan Orchards. The Ovid and Cazenovia silt loam soils deposited by glacial till, the slope to the lake for air drainage and the micro-climate created by the depth and relative narrow width of the lake are attributes, unmatched the world over, that make this property world class in its grape growing capabilities, rarely do you find 144 acres in one tract sloping to the lake. The soils can grow the more fragile Viniferous varieties that are grown in Europe. The grape varieties grown on this farm are: (Viniferous) Riesling, Cabernet Franc & Lemberger; French hybrid: Vignoles; American grape variety: Catawba, Table wine varieties; Reliance, Lakemont, Vanessa.
There are an additional 90+ tillable acres that can be cultivated to expand the vineyard and orchard; the owners have planted an additional 400 cherry trees three years ago. The property is on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and on the designated "America's Scenic Byway", New State Route 89. The winery and is also part of the “Blue Trail”, you can spend the day boating then dock your boat and walk to the tasting room. Varick Winery & Vineyard is one of a handful of vineyards that have access to the lake.
The property has an attractive and spacious tasting room built in 2004, a new mixing and storage barn, a 1920's German Forebay barn, two other out buildings and three docks on 1,860 feet of lake front. There is a boat house and small lakeshore cottage as well, in need of rehabilitation.
The Cobblestone home was built in 1833 and has been meticulously renovated to its period charm yet has all the amenities, with a modern kitchen, formal living room, formal entry, four bedrooms, four and one half baths, office/den, beautiful decking and a porch that overlooks the cherry orchard and Cayuga Lake. The home has opened as The Inn at Varick Winery in the spring of 2016, www.varickinn.com. With sweeping manicured lawns, historic home, vineyard, cherry orchard and lake views this property could be developed into a destination venue, recreational business, an agricultural enterprise or simply enjoyed as a private country estate or family compound. With the burgeoning growth of craft hard cider, beer and spirits, these beverages can easily be added to the offering.
Varick Winery & Vineyard and the Inn at Varick Winery, being offered to the public, is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, there is not another property like it anywhere in the Finger Lakes or the whole world over.