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Some call it a “Micro” Winery because we import our grapes just like that of a micro brewery; which imports their hops and barley. Carefully selecting the finest grapes, primarily from New York State growers in the Finger Lakes Region allows us to offer a greater selection of wines. The current selection consists of 11 wines ranging from dry to sweet, offering both reds and whites. We will expand our selection in the coming year as well as add some special holiday blends.

We offer a nice selection of wines including Merlot, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon.Our signature wine is called Melomel; the ancestor of all fermented drinks. Melomel wine is centuries old in Europe, Africa and Asia. Not to be confused with mead, Melomel is made of fruit and honey offering a smooth, somewhat sweet flavor to the palate. Some compare the flavor to a port, sherry or dessert wine; however it can be enjoyed any time and any occasion. Our Melomel is left to ferment naturally with no added sulfates or chemicals to alter the fermentation process. There is no residual sugar and no unnatural additives; therefore Melomel may be a nice alternative for diabetics and others with similar health concerns.* Wine and honey both are known to offer many health benefits.
We offer 5 variations of Melomel, all distinctively their own. You are sure to find a nice variety of wines to your liking. You will also find a great selection of gifts, apparel, cheese, and wine accessories. Come in and experience The Saratoga Winery.

Local couple to open Saratoga Winery at old farm stand site
as appered in the Saratogian Published: Thursday, June 11, 2009

By EMILY DONOHUE, The Saratogian

saratoga winery

Husband and wife Rich and Tara Nimmo stand with their dog, Buddy, at Split Rail Farm on Route 29 in Milton. They plan to open a winery at the former farm stand in September. (ED BURKE/The Saratogian)

MILTON — “Winemaking is our passion,” Tara Nimmo said.

She and her husband, Rich, own a power washing and air duct cleaning business, but the entrepreneurs are planning to pursue their passion and open a winery on Route 29 in September.

The Saratoga Winery received site plan approval recently from the Milton Planning Board as well as approval from the Zoning Board. At a recent Town Board meeting, neighbors spoke out in favor of the new business, which will be built on a site that was once a farm stand.

“This property, unfortunately, has been an eyesore for the town and community for many years, and it’s fallen into disrepair,” town building inspector Wayne Howe said.

The Nimmos have lived in Milton around the corner from the property for seven years. About two years ago, they began searching for a property to house their dream winery. “We’ve been driving by this barn… seeing potential in this building and wondering what was going to happen to it,” Tara Nimmo said.

Eventually the approximately 59-acre parcel changed hands, and she and her husband approached the new owner, Robert Bolt, about leasing a portion of it.

They’ve leased about 2-1/2 acres from Bolt and have begun transforming an existing barn and greenhouse into a winery and store.

The Nimmos won’t grow grapes on the property; instead they’ll buy freshly-pressed grape juices from a vineyard near the Finger Lakes, where a longer growing season allows a greater variety of grapes to grow. Once the grape juices are transported to the Milton winery, the Nimmos will use a recipe passed on to them from Rich’s uncle, another winemaker, about five years ago, to transform the juice into several varieties of wine.

The wine will ferment in oak barrels for up to 15 months. “We are going to be making a variety of wines,” Tara Nimmo said, “primarily they’re going to range from dry to sweet.”

She said they also plan to offer an apple ice wine as well as melomel, wine sweetened with honey.

In addition to wine, the Saratoga Winery store will offer wine accessories like corkscrews, glasses and picnic baskets as well as local and organic cheese and crackers. “Basically anything affiliated with wine and cheese,” she said.

Nimmo said she hopes the winery will also supply local restaurants; she’s had interest from a few restaurants on Sacandaga Lake and Lake Desolation.

The land owned by Bolt, which includes the parcel the Nimmos are leasing, has been in the news before. About 20 years ago in an area at the far backside of the property, there was a construction landfill that was involved in a massive fire. The area is owned by Bolt but under the control of the Department of Environmental Conservation. Nimmo said she and her husband have read a 96-page report on soil testing the DEC performed on the entire property. “The only thing that they found in the soil was high iron in two locations,” she said. Because they will not be growing grapes, that is not a concern for their business, she added.

Nimmo said the former landfill “has nothing to do with the area that we’re using.”

Howe agreed, saying the DEC has ordered no construction to occur on the area delineated as the former landfill. “They aren’t leasing that part of the property,” he said.

Both Nimmo and Howe said the well water will be tested for potability before the store opens, although a recent sample taken when Bolt bought the property was fine.

Terry Minsch, the owner of nearby Golf World, spoke in favor of the Nimmo’s new venture at the Town Board meeting.

“Ever since the fire over there, the property’s been let go, and it’s nice to have somebody come in and do something with it,” he said. “I think it’d be a great addition to the area.”



5140 Bliss Road
Ballston Spa, NY 12010
Located in Galway

Enjoy a fresh taste of fruit, apple, grape and mead wines made in the same tradition as those of Ancient and Modern Europe. Johnston’s Winery brings the old world flavors of their wines to the Adirondack foothills. We are located 20 minutes from downtown Saratoga and 3 miles east of Galway Village. Please come in and visit us, tour our winery and taste the fine wines of Galway, New York. Also, Honey, Candles and Gift Baskets!

Open : 11-6 Saturday, 12-6 Sunday
or by Appointment
Call for Expanded Hours durring


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