About Barnstormer Winery
With a passion for great wine and ethical farming, we established Barnstormer Winery in 2013 to embody these ideals. Located in a historic barn with roots stemming back to the early 1800′s, we have made significant renovations to preserve the integrity and atmosphere of this Seneca Lake gem. We produce around 3,000 cases of wine each vintage from seven vineyards located along the shores of Seneca Lake AVA. Our cozy barn tasting room provides a warm atmosphere to try sample and enjoy flights of our wines, 5 for $8.
We are currently offering 18 wines from the 2018 and 2019 vintage. Barnstormer focuses mainly on dry red wines, Rieslings and dry rosés but we also craft some specialty wines like our Nosedive Port and Late Harvest Riesling. Being a small production winery, we only produce a small number of cases each vintage. Be sure to check our our Aviator’s Wine Club if you’d like to become and pickup or shipping member, along with access to free tastings, pickup parties and additional discounts! AWC Members get exclusive access to limited production and reserve wines.
Our team, below, looks forward to hosting you during your next visit to the Finger Lakes. We are family and dog friendly as well. Cheers!
Proprietor & Winemaker
Proprietor Scott Bronstein moved to Napa Valley in pursuit of a career in the wine business after graduating from University at Buffalo with a degree in BA & Marketing. After spending over two years developing events and hospitality for Castello di Amorosa Winery in the Diamond Mountain AVA of Napa, Scott was ready to venture out on his own. The Finger Lakes, as it does with many, drew Scott back to his home state where he began work on Barnstormer Winery in 2012 while finally opening in the Fall of 2013. Scott runs the business operations at Barnstormer from wine production, vineyard development, marketing, compliance handling, accounting etc. With a focus on small production, high quality wines, Scott intends to keep this model well into the future while building on the customer experience and developing the 16 acres of estate property into vineyards, a new production facility and eventually an events venue. Scott’s main passion is traveling to new places and developing relationships abroad (when the times allow), including “old world” regions rich with wine, culinary & history such as Greece, Spain, Italy, etc.
Kelly Van Scoyk
Office Manager, Kelly Van Scoyk, has been with us for over three years. Kelly is very involved with our wine club, runs excellent wine tastings for our guests, handles wine cellar and library tracking, is now our wine tasting reservations lead person, manages lots of general office work (the list is long as she will tell you!) and maintaining the high level of hospitality and professionalism that our customers have come to enjoy and expect from their time at Barnstormer. Kelly is a great team player and jumps into every new project head first as her involvement and responsibilities keep growing each year. While not at Barnstormer, Kelly’s secret talent is gardening (enough to feed a small village each year) and being an awesome mother to her children. After spending 16 years working for Wegmans, she decided to dive into the world of Finger Lakes wine and enjoys a wide range of dry rosés, rieslings and dry reds (Blaufränkisch especially).
Tasting Room Manager
Tasting Room Manager Della Hovanec joined the Barnstormer team in March of 2017. Hailing from Ithaca, NY, Della has spent her time turning a casual hobby for wine into a beloved career. She returned to school to pursue a Wine Marketing degree at Tompkins Cortland Community College in 2015, and plans to continue her wine education on the path to Certified Sommelier. Della was promoted to Tasting Room Manager in 2018 and handles a lot of our front of house work at Barnstormer. You can find Della in the tasting room sharing her passion and knowledge for wine and the Finger Lakes region along with running some higher end tasting experiences, including Experience FLX Wine Tours and our annual Farmed & Foraged Pairing Dinners.
Lead Tasting Room Associate
Art had an illustrious 34 year teaching career that gave him amazing opportunities to meet people from all over the world. After Art retired, he joined the Barnstormer team five years ago and is our longest tenured employee! His dynamic passion, ability to educate and worldly knowledge all translate into wonderful wine tastings for our guests. In addition to pursuing additional wine education through courses and tastings, Art prides himself on his attention to detail and is very active with the landscaping of the winery grounds. You can find Art in the tasting room most Fridays and Sundays during the busy season, so stop on by and enjoy a wine tasting that you’ll be sure to remember. It has been an absolute pleasure having Art join our team and he intends to stay on for many more years to come!
Assistant Winemaker Marc Peterson is our newest team member joining our team in the summer of 2019. Marc is a Finger Lakes native from Canandaigua who moved north to Plattsburgh earn a BS in ecology and botany. After living in the Adirondacks for a few years, his gastrophilic interests would lead him back home to pursue a career in the growing winemaking industry. He studied viticulture and wine technology at FLCC, and now enjoys making creative, quality Finger Lakes wines with Scott at Barnstormer after gaining some experience working on the 2017 and 2018 FLX vintages before joining the team. Marc has also taken on the majority of our vineyard work on our 3 acre home farm which was planted in 2018 and is quickly proving he has the ability to artfully produce outstanding wines. For the record, his favorite food is Tres Leches and he often skips the wine for a small glass of bourbon in the evenings.
Resident barn cat
We figured Bailey needed a place here as well, our resident barn cat. Scott adopted Bailey from a local shelter in the spring of 2013, shortly after purchasing the barn. Bailey is an expert hunter and helps keep the critter count to a minimum but she is also a loving and affectionate greeter (for the most part) to our winery guests. Her favorite catch is chipmunk and her one lazy eye only adds to her general legend. Bailey has the largest fan base here, by far.