Carl and Elizabeth Fribolin, Owners Carl is no stranger to agriculture. He founded Seedway, a seed-growing and distribution business in Hall, NY in 1963. In the beginning, they serviced farmers in New York state, as well as throughout New England. As business increased, Carl eventually operated six seed production farms to meet the growing needs of his customers. Although he sold Seedway to Agway Inc. of Syracuse in 1987, he is still active in the business. Carl purchased White Springs Farms in 1973 and used the deep sandy soil to produce seeds for his company. In 2003, Carl wanted to address a problem with soil erosion caused by the sloping nature of the farmland. This lead to the planting of 13 acres of grapes and White Springs Winery was born. Currently, there are 40 acres of vineyard made up of predominately vinifera grapes used in the wines produced for White Springs Winery. In the spring of 2012, Carl sold the vineyard and production facility to Ravines Wine Cellars. Although we no longer own the vineyard, our wines continue to be produced using the grapes from White Springs Farm. Carl continues to own and operate the tasting room which remains White Springs Winery, and has recently expanded to offer locally crafted beer through Glass Factory Brew House.
To address a problem with soil erosion caused by the sloping nature of the White Springs Farm, in 2003 Carl Fribolin, at the age of 85, planted 13 acres of grapes and White Springs Winery was born. The vineyard subsequently expanded to 40 acres of principally vinifera grapes, along with a few hybrids developed by the NY State Agricultural Experiment Station and Cornell University. The vineyard was planted by laser and the rows are a beautiful sight. As Carl says, “Two thousand feet, straight as a string.” Morten Hallgren, owner and winemaker for Ravines Wine Cellars, began making wine for White Springs in 2011. The following year, 2012, Ravines Wine Cellars purchased our vineyard and production facility. Today, in 2015, Morten continues to make our wine using the grapes from the vineyard Carl planted at White Springs Farm. In 2013, our tasting room was expanded to include Glass Factory Brew House offering locally crafted beer and root beer tastings. In 2015, we added Rootstock Original Hard Cider to our Brew House list. Carl and Elizabeth can be found in the tasting room most Saturdays or Sundays in the late afternoon. They enjoy meeting and talking to customers, and customers love meeting them, as well!
Jan Van Allan, General Manager (right)
Jan joined White Springs Winery as Tasting Room Manager in 2007. She currently handles the day-to-day operations of the tasting room, in addition to leading the marketing and wholesale efforts. Prior to joining White Springs, Jan set up and managed the tasting room for Ventosa Vineyards. She began her winery career as Tasting Room Manager for the Finger Lakes Champagne House and Off Premise Sales Manager for Swedish Hill and Goose Watch Wineries.
Prior to returning to the area in 1999, Jan spent many years as Director of Marketing for the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas, before becoming Director of Development for the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from the University of Dayton.
The rest of the staff is super friendly and enjoy helping others discover special wines and brews! We are able accommodate bus groups, group tours, or single tasters. The staff treats everyone with respect and take pride in what they do.
Our goal is to keep you coming back and tell everyone of your experience at White Springs Winery.
We welcome group tastings for both wine and beer. We do, however, require reservations for groups of 10 or more people. The wine tasting fee is $4.00 per person for a tasting of six wines. You decide whether to taste dry or sweet. The beer tasting fee is also $4 per person. We typically have 3 types of beers and 1 crafted root beer for your tasting.
We ask that you collect the tasting money from the members in your group prior to arriving at the tasting room and provide it to the person at the front counter. If you are tasting wine and/or beer, please let us know upon arrival how many for beer; how many for wine; and, how many for both beer and wine. This helps facilitate your check-in and keeps you on schedule. It is best to allot approximately 30 to 45 minutes for your wine or beer, depending on the size of your group. To make reservations, or for additional information, please contact the tasting room at 315-781-9463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org