Welcome to the Rochester Area Home Winemakers Website

We make wine for personal enjoyment, and our site is open to anyone interested in this rewarding hobby. Our club is for amateur winemakers who are willing and eager to learn the fine art of making, and occasionally tasting, one of nature's finest foods. If you live in the Rochester area, or anywhere in western upstate New York, come meet with us. 

Let us know you've been here by signing our guestbook. Please use the contacts page for live email links to contact us.


Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016. We will have a presentation on malo-lactic fermentation (MLF) and chromatography, and a celebration in honor of our club's 10th Anniversary. See Meeting Schedule for more information.


RAHW 10th Anniversary

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This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding
of Rochester Area Home Winemakers.

Rochester Area Home Winemakers’ very first meeting was held in September 2006. We count it as a privilege to have served the greater Rochester area’s home winemakers for the past ten years and we hope to continue doing so for many years to come. Come to our September 10 meeting to help us celebrate! Members can order 10th anniversary commemorative polo shirts at 10th anniversary shirts.


RAHW student grant awarded

RAHW club is excited to announce that our very first student grant has been awarded to Catlin Boland, who just graduated from the Viticulture/Enology program at Finger Lakes Community College. Catlin plans to pursue her lifelong passion for winemaking by doing harvest work around the Finger Lakes, and possibly in South Africa's Cape region, before she heads to Washington State University to complete her Bachelor's in Enology.

To further our club’s purpose to promote winemaking education, we will award $250 each year to a deserving student who completes his or her second year in FLCC’s Viticulture/Enology program and plans to either get a job in Viticulture/Enology or continue in a Bachelors degree program in that field. The FLCC Foundation administers the grant and chooses the recipient each year.


RAHW’s NYS Home Wine Committee is proud to invite you to the

32nd Annual New York State Home Wine Seminar!

Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016

Time: Registration opens at 8:15am. Program starts at 9:00am and ends around 4:00pm

Place: New York State Agriculture Experiment Station at Geneva, Jordan Hall Auditorium

Cost:  $20 per person in advance until July 31; $25 at the door

Ticket price includes lunch!

To pay online or to check out the speakers and subjects on this year’s program, go to www.nys-homewine.info/Seminar


AWS Regional Picnic and Home Winemakers Competition

All RAHW members, families and guests (no need to be an AWS member) are invited to attend the AWS regional picnic and/or enter the regional competition on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm in Dresden, NY in the Finger Lakes. All proceeds go to the AWS Scholarship Fund.

Picnic includes a chicken BBQ, music, a wine tasting seminar (held at 11:00am, must pre-register) and a tasting of all entries in the competition. RSVP by August 10.
2016 AWS Picnic flyer

You may enter the competition without attending the picnic. 
2016 AWS Home Winemakers Competition flyer

AWS is the American Wine Society, which started in the Finger Lakes in 1967 and now has chapters all over the United States. Today, 30% of AWS members are amateur winemakers as were many of the original members, so the local AWS chapter wants to forge a bond with RAHW and all home winemakers in the greater Rochester, NY and Finger Lakes area. 


June 2016 Posts

2016 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition

Varietal View: Cabernet Franc

Varietal View: Gewurztraminer

Varietal View: Riesling

Varietal View: Vignoles

May 2016 Posts

‘Brush up’ on your wine tasting—How wine acids affect your teeth

2016 Club Banquet was added to Photo Gallery

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Dues Policy

To all RAHW Members: The RAHW club dues cover the period from January 1st to December 31st each year, and are to be paid by January 1st.

INCLUDE a check for $15.00 for annual membership dues. (Additional household members age 21 or over may join for $5.00 each.) Make check out to Rochester Area Home Winemakers. 

MAIL TO: RAHW Club Membership 1000 Penfield Road,  Rochester, NY 14625

Payment can also be made via CREDIT CARD.

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