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Meet the winemakers

Edward Miller

 

Born and raised in New Jersey, Edward Miller always knew he was bound to return to the East Coast. After graduating from the University of Virginia, Edward moved to Ithaca to get involved in the wine industry, and caught the bug. His career began at Lucas Vineyards on Cayuga Lake. During his time at Lucas, he completed the UC Davis Winemaking Certificate program as well.

Knowing there was a wide world of wine to discover, Edward left Lucas in the Spring of 2012 to travel and work in different wine regions. Over the next two years, he worked harvest in Sonoma, Napa, New Zealand, and Western Australia. Settling down in Sonoma as a cellar master in a custom crush operation, Edward had the opportunity to learn from over 20 different winemaker clients. It was through this position that he was introduced to renowned winemaker Merry Edwards, and joined her team as assistant winemaker. Wishing to learn more about vineyard management and winemaking, Edward departed Merry Edwards to obtain a Master’s Degree in Viticulture & Enology from Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza, Italy, experiencing the regions of Tuscany and Chianti Classico.

Edward had never forgotten his time in the Finger Lakes, and decided he wanted to return to be a part of its continued growth and development. He joins the Glenora team with excitement for the region and a passion to make beautiful wine.

 

Alex Wheeler, Associate Winemaker

 

Without even realizing it, Alex Wheeler began his career in wine when he took a part-time job at Pedulla's Wine & Liquor in Geneva, NY, while attending school at Finger Lakes Community College. While stocking shelves and ringing out customers, he began to learn more and more about the wine and spirits world, with an increased interest in Finger Lakes wines being produced all around his hometown of Geneva.

A chance encounter with Michael Eighmey from Anthony Road Wine Company led Alex to be hired on as their assistant tasting room manager. Once harvest time came around, Alex immediately seized the opportunity to learn more about vineyard work, cellar work, and processing grapes on the crush pad. Finding he was more interested in cellar work, mentorship from winemaker Peter Becraft provided invaluable experience. After another chance encounter and subsequent interview, Alex became Villa Bellangelo's newest "Cellar Master" in 2018.  In addition to finishing off the 2017 vintage, Alex gained a higher understanding of winemaking and vineyard planning and maintenance. After some recommendations by friends and colleagues, Alex interviewed successfully to becoming our newest assistant winemaker in August 2020. After quickly finding his stride, Alex looks forward to developing his clean, and by his account “hedonistic,” approach to winemaking under Steve’s leadership.

When he’s not in the cellar, you can find Alex in Geneva, enjoying local wine and food, as a member of the Geneva Fire Department, or hanging with his three dalmatians, Budweiser, Stella Artois, and Beau.

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