About Arbor Hill Winery
Arbor Hill Winery is located in South
Bristol just north of Naples, New York, which is located at the
southern end of Canandaigua Lake in the famous Finger Lakes
Region. In 1987 Arbor Hill opened in just one building. Now it
sits in a complex of antique buildings (including the original),
in a wonderful warm New England country setting. The Brahm
family takes great pride in the fact that they produce their
products on the premises. In their country complex they have
several buildings; one is the retail shop, another is The Brown
Hound Bistro (restaurant), and two barns serve as the wine
cellar and the food production area.
This is truly a family business that goes back generations.
In the early 1900ís, on John Brahmís side of the family, Anna
Randall married Elmer Standish and started a Naples
grape-growing tradition. This tradition has spanned four
generations. Katie Brahmís father gave John and Katieís farm the
name ďArbor Hill.Ē That is where the trademark originated.
Today, John and Katie continue the traditions as owners of Arbor
Hill, an award-winning producer of gourmet food products and
wine. With a degree in Pomology from Cornell and a successful
23-year career at Widmer Wine Cellars, John started the gourmet
food business with the Brahmís Wine Syrups. Now, Arbor Hill
offers about 45-50 different gourmet foods. The newest additions
are the wine-based finishing sauces.
John and Katie Brahm - Owners
Sherry Brahm - Buyer & Office Manager
John & Katieís daughter, Sherry, manages the gift shop which
offers the largest line of gourmet food products in the Finger
Lakes Region. She is interested in continuing the business and
manages the office, processes the online orders and emails and
handles customer service. If you email or call with a problem,
you will be directed to her.
The Story of the Grape Pie
One of the areaís most popular attractions is
Naples Grape Pie! The rich tradition that began sometime in
the 1960ís with Al Hodges, who commissioned Irene Bouchard to
make this unique grape dessert for his historic Redwood
Restaurant in Naples. Each year, during the Annual Naples Grape
Festival (last weekend of September), thousands come to
celebrate the harvest and sample the grape pies. Today, dozens
of bakers produce more than 30,000 grape pies during just six
weeks of the year.
Grape pies have continued to grow in popularity. Some people
have bought the grapes in an attempt to make their own filling.
Most quickly gained a deep appreciation for the amount of work
required to make the grape pie filling and eventually gave up on
If you are interested in making a grape pie, but donít want
the hassle of making your own filling, youíll want to get some
Healthy Purple Topping and Filling.
It is a luscious grape product that contains the natural juice
pulp and skin of the grape for the highest concentration of
heart-healthy compounds. This versatile product is great as an
ďout-of-the ordinaryĒ topping for cheesecake or vanilla ice
cream. Itís also the perfect filling for kuchens, coffee cake or
any other fruit-filled desserts. And, of course, GRAPE PIES!