The Finger Lakes boast a booming wine industry.
Grapes The Finger Lakes boast a booming wine industry. © J. Plenio


The Future of Nature: Wine

Panelists to explore the future of wine in the Finger Lakes

Geneva, NY

WHEN: Thursday, May 23, 6:30-8 pm
WHERE: Ravines Wine Cellars
, 400 Barracks Rd, Geneva, NY

Great wine depends on nature. But how will a changing climate shape the future of wine in the Finger Lakes? How will we tackle threats posed by extreme weather, harmful algal blooms, and invasive pests? And how can we seize opportunities to enhance our region’s many assets—including those that come from a community that values nature?

Join The Nature Conservancy for a lively panel discussion on the Future of Wine in the Finger Lakes that will explore ways of sustaining the land, water, and climate that underpin our region’s economy, quality of life, and distinct terroir. You’ll hear from:

  • Paul Brock, Owner-Winemaker, Silver Thread Vineyard & Asst Professor of Viticulture & Wine Technology at Finger Lakes Community College 
  • Jo-Anne Humphreys, Finger Lakes Water Quality Specialist, The Nature Conservancy 
  • Suzanne Hunt, Hunt Green LLC and Hunt Country Vineyards 
  • Hans Walter-Peterson, Viticulture Extension Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension 
  • David Wolfe, Professor of Plant and Soil Ecology, Cornell University

Together with Jim Howe, The Nature Conservancy’s Central and Western New York chapter director, the panelists will explore ways that scientists, policymakers, winemakers, and others might work together for healthy waters and a more resilient climate in the Finger Lakes.

“We depend on clean air and water, healthy soil, and a stable climate to make great wines,” says Suzanne Hunt of Hunt Green LLC and Hunt Country Vineyards. “The wine industry has a powerful voice that it should use to drive real change in the climate discussion. Agriculture can and should be a significant part of the solution.”

“The Finger Lakes’ natural resources and natural beauty—sparkling lakes, dramatic gorges, and diverse forests and farms—are all part of why this region is a top wine destination,” says Jim Howe, The Nature Conservancy’s Central and Western New York director. “We’re excited to provide a forum for learning about and acting on environmental challenges—especially water quality, soil health, and climate change—and to forge solutions that we can work on together.”

The Nature Conservancy is grateful to Seneca Meadows, Inc. for providing funding for the event through their community partnership grant program. Please RSVP at

The Future of Wine is part of The Nature Conservancy’s Future of Nature speaker series, which brings experts and the community together to discuss solutions to critical conservation challenges.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.