Steve DiFrancesco


Steve became fascinated with wine while working in a restaurant during college which was known for its excellent wine selection. When the restaurant owner retired Steve became the wine specialist. He graduated with a B.S. in Plant Science from Stetson University and moved to the Finger Lakes. He has since enjoyed 40 harvests and many gallons of wine have passed under his nose. Steve worked with Guy DeVaux and Charles Fournier at Gold Seal Vineyards, with their excellent sparkling wines, from the late 70’s to the mid 80’s. He then worked with high quality barrel aged red hybrids at Bully Hill Vineyards.

Steve was an assistant winemaker at Glenora in the Finger Lakes in the late 80’s, as part of an ambitious expansion program with an emphasis on sparkling wines. He became winemaker at Lucas Vineyards in the early 90’s, and helped expand production in high quality still and sparkling wines. Steve returned to Glenora in 1995 as winemaker and has helped expand their reputation and production. In 2000 the owners of Glenora purchased Knapp Vineyards, and Steve was responsible for winemaking at both properties until 2015. He is now responsible for Glenora only. Riesling is at the forefront of production, though other varieties produced include other aromatic white viniferas, sparkling wines, and red viniferas, as well as hybrids and natives.