Steve DiFrancesco
Glenora Wine Cellars

Winemaker

Steve DiFrancesco earned a BS from Stetson University, and has since enjoyed 38 harvests in the Finger Lakes. He worked with Guy DeVaux and Charles Fournier at Gold Seal Vineyards, with their excellent sparkling wines, from the late ‘70s to the mid ‘80s. He then worked with high quality barrel aged red hybrids at Bully Hill Vineyards. Steve was an assistant winemaker at Glenora in the late ‘80s, as part of an ambitious expansion program with an emphasis on sparkling wines. He became winemaker at Lucas Vineyards in the early 90s and helped expand production in high quality still and sparkling wines. Steve returned to Glenora in 1995 as winemaker and has helped expand its 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.