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Lakewood Vineyards

In 1951, Frank Stamp, DDS decided to quit dentistry in Maryland and try his hand at farming. The Stamp family moved to Lakewood Farm, a run-down peach and apple orchard on the west side of Seneca Lake. The next spring they started planting grapes.

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Lakewood Vineyards

W=F Nickname:     “The Native Entrepreneurs”

In 1951, Frank Stamp, DDS decided to quit dentistry in Maryland and try his hand at farming. The Stamp family moved to Lakewood Farm, a run-down peach and apple orchard on the west side of Seneca Lake. The next spring they started planting grapes. The original grapes planted were primarily Labrusca and French-American Hybrid varieties, which were favoured by the large wineries and grape juice companies. In the mid-80's the family diversified to add some new hybrid varieties and Vinifera plantings. The commercial grape production continued for 36 years, until 1988 when Monty (Frank's son), Beverly and their children pressed the grapes for their first vintage.

Today, with 75 acres of grapes planted, the farm is home to Lakewood Vineyards winery. The winery produces wines from all three families of grapes, offering a very diverse selection of wines. The vineyards have been maintained and expanded as the demands for varieties shift. Using a combination of cutting edge technology and traditional winemaking practices the Stamp family, working with a very dedicated staff, is committed to producing consistently high quality wines. The friendly retail room is open for tasting and sales daily.

On April 15, 1951 Frank E. Stamp loaded his family and belongings and moved from Cumberland Maryland to his newly purchased farm on the western shore of Seneca lake. Bored with the dentistry profession, he decided to try his hand at grape growing. The first vineyards were planted in the spring of 1952 and under the care of Frank (Doc) and his teenage son, Monty, the vines prospered. Within a few years the Stamps were harvesting and selling their grapes to Welch's Juice Company. In the years that followed, they continued to clear land and plant new varieties, and the Taylor Wine Company became the primary destination for their fruit.

Monty returned to the farm after college and with new bride Beverly by his side he continued the expansion of the farm. Monty, Bev and their 4 children worked to expand the farm to 45 acres, and 10 varieties by 1988, when Lakewood Vineyards winery was founded.

Dave Stamp is the third son of Monty & Beverly. From an early age, the "hand me down kid" knew farming was what he wanted to do. After obtaining his Associates Degree from SUNY Morrisville, Dave returned to work with Monty, and has gradually expanded the acreage and selection as the winery's need for grapes swelled. Today, Lakewood includes more than 75 acres of grapes, including the following varieties: Baco Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Catawba, Cayuga White, Concord, Delaware, Gewurztraminer, Leon Millot, Niagara, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Vidal Blanc and Vignoles.

Knowing a wine can be no better than the grapes from which it is made, Dave and his crew practice very careful management of the vines and the land. The grapes from Lakewood Farm have produced many award winning wines.

There has been a whole history here of entrepreneurial ship, which continues to this day.  Dave spotted that they would need cork along with other wineries in the area, so now he imports all the area’s cork directly from Portugal, seeing a gap in the market when the original supplier retired.

But they are a lovely, generous and friendly family with a healthy respect for the land and it’s native grapes.

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