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A Family Affair
After several years, 2 kids & lots of wine, husband & wife team Mike & Sasha Pardy continue to watch their dreams come true as Adirondack Winery keeps on growing.
Mike & Sasha developed a love for wine at a young age and soon after, Mike established an interest in the art of wine making that he educated himself on for years.
With an entrepreneurial spirit and vision for the future of the wine industry in non-traditional settings, the pair realized opening a micro-winery was their path and what better way to do it than combine that passion with their love for the Adirondacks. Shortly after welcoming their beautiful daughter, Ella, to their family, the Pardys decided to move to the Adirondacks to be closer to their families and pursue their dream of opening a winery.
Adirondack Winery Is Born
Adirondack Winery opened its doors in April 2008 as one of the first Micro-Wineries in the country. The Tasting Room featured a tasting bar fit for about 15 people max, and they were making their wines in the back of the tasting room using a small-batch method. Adirondack Winery quickly became an establishment that resonated with locals and tourists, alike. People came to enjoy locally-handcrafted and award-winning wines while taking in the beauty of Lake George and the Adirondacks.
In 2011, the Pardy's expanded both their family, with the birth of their son, Ethan; and the winery by moving the wine making operation off-site to a larger facility in Queensbury. This move allowed for the renovation and expansion of the Lake George Tasting Room to accommodate the thousands of visitors that come each year.
In early 2014, Adirondack Winery forged ahead in the wholesale business, creating a relationship with Opici Family Distribution. At the same time, a rebranding effort was started with Finger Lakes-based professional design firm, A3 Design, the result of which you see in every wine label today. Adirondack Winery wine bottles have always proudly featured photography of the local region, but the new branding elevated the quality of the company logo and wine labels to meet the quality of the wine in the bottle. The Pardy's new "Modern Adirondack" brand has successfully resonated not only locally, but with folks from all over the Country. Adirondack Winery wines are now sold in over 450 Wine Stores and Restaurants throughout Upstate New York (Find a store near you here>>), as well as shipped to thousands of customers in 36 U.S. States.
Adirondack Wine and Food Festival
In 2015, Sasha Pardy formed Adirondack Festivals LLC to launch the inaugural Adirondack Wine & Food Festival in Lake George. In their experience attending Wine Festivals in other locations across New York to spread the word of their brand, they recognized the potential to create a similar (but better) Wine Festival in Lake George, where not only could attendees enjoy the wines, craft beverages and artisan foods of over 80 New York producers, but they could also take in the beauty of the Lake, have fun at many attractions, dine at unique restaurants and stay at a nice resort, all within walking distance of the Festival location. The Adirondack Wine & Food Festival has been met with much success and has established itself as one of the key events for the Lake George region, an excellent kick off to the summer.
Throughout 2015 to 2017, Adirondack Winery invested significantly in the improvement of its wine making process (See our Wine Making Video here>>). Efforts included adding countless American Oak Barrels and wine tanks, from small modular food grade vats to massive stainless steel tanks; new filtration systems and pumps; grape destemmers and presses, and a new automated bottling line that significantly improved the winery's efficiency. This new bottling line also allowed Adirondack Winery to begin a transition to screw cap closures for most of its wines, which customers and stores had long been asking for (read more about that here)>>.
Bolton Landing Location Opens
In June 2017, Adirondack Winery opened a Tasting Room in nearby Bolton Landing (also on Lake George) at a downtown location. The Bolton Tasting Room had a "Modern Adirondack" look, and was slightly bigger than the Lake George Tasting Room. After about 4 1/2 great years in Bolton Landing, the decision was made to close the Tasting Room and focus on expanding the winery's presence in Queensbury. Adirondack Winery products can still be found in Bolton Landing at various liquor stores and the American Oak Distillery Tasting Room on Lake Shore Drive. Along with the opening of the Bolton Landing Tasting Room, Adirondack Winery forged ahead with its ongoing transition to New York Wines in 2017, making the switch at both of its tasting rooms. Today, its full wine list is only available online or at its Queensbury Headquarters facility.
Rallying Through the Pandemic
2020 was a year unlike any other. The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed our plans, but it didn't slow us down. The pandemic halted tastings at the winery for a brief period and forced winery staff to think outside the box. The result was the introduction of new products like our Mystery Box wine tasting game, virtual wine tasting events for new wine vintages and so much more. New wines in 2020 included our all-new Stargazer, a rare red wine made from 100% New York lemberger grapes and Serenity, a lavender infused rose, which sold out in just 8 days - TWICE! Wine tastings returned in time for summer 2020, and we even introduced a new reservation system, which many customers said streamlined their experience and made things even more convenient!
A Year of Growth
2021 was a year of looking forward. We launched our first ever wine subscription, My ADK, which lets customers pick the wines they want in each monthly installment. By popular demand, we were finally able to add Connecticut to the states where we can ship to. We released two sparkling wines for the first time, Lakeside Bubbly (a raspberry infused sparkling rosé) and Beachside Bubbly (peach infused sparkling white wine). After 10 years with the company, Brad Casacci was promoted to winemaker. We also had our biggest Drink Pink breast cancer awareness fundraiser ever, with over $14,800 raised for breast cancer services right here in the Adirondacks.
New Queensbury Location
In May 2022 we opened our brand new $2.6 million Tasting Room and Winemaking Facility in Queensbury, at the site of it's headquarters. This new Tasting Room has created a brand new craft beverage experience for customers including wine by the glass, charcuterie, wine ice cream, winery tours, outdoor seating, weekly events, a private event space, and so much more. The new Tasting Room took the winer's business to a level it had always dreamed of and allowed us to finally offer our customers the things they have been asking about for years.
Our new location will allow us to triple our winemaking production over the next 10 years. Click here to book at our new Queensbury Tasting Room!
Thank You to Our Customers!
Finally, we wouldn't have been able to accomplish all we have over the years without you, our fans. The importance of excellent customer service and delivering delicious wines through an engaging wine tasting experience has and always will be our focus. We are so pleased to say that through the loyalty of our customers, we have developed a Case Club membership that is thousands of members strong and continues to grow. In addition to this, through customer reviews, we have earned a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence since 2012 and have been ranked among the "Best of Lake George" year after year. These customers, as well as the new customers we welcome each day, and our fantastic team of staffers, are the people to whom we owe the success of Adirondack Winery. Thank you for being a part of our journey. Here's to another 14 years with you and our entire ADK Winery family!Sincerely, Sasha & Mike Pardy