A new wave of winemakers in the FLX

Julia Hoyle is one of the new wave of incredibly talented, locally trained young winemakers bringing fresh ideas to wineries in the Finger Lakes.

Hoyle first became interested in wine while pursuing her degree at William Smith College. She began her wine career in 2009 in the tasting room at Fox Run winery while still in college. A few years later she began to come in early in the morning to work informally with Peter Bell, longtime winemaker at Fox Run, and soon decided that winemaking was more to her liking than working in a tasting room.

After finishing her degree, Hoyle worked with Bell as a “cellar rat” for several months. In 2013, she began to broaden her experience by working with Vinny Aliperti, the winemaker at Atwater Vineyards, for one harvest season. Then she went to work as an assistant winemaker for three years with David Breeden, the winemaker at Sheldrake Point.

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