Home Winemaker's Competition


We are excited to introduce our five judges:

  • Matt Frahm – former Naples School Superintendent, Past-president Naples NY Rotary, Superintendent at Clarence Central School, and wine enthusiast just returning from a wine adventure in Sonoma, CA.
  • Jake Makepeace – former winemaker at Widmer Wine Cellars, former President of the American Society of Enology & Viticulture for Eastern US, and long-time Naples resident.
  • Marc Peterson - viticulture and wine technician at FLCC's Viticulture and Wine-Technology Center, as well as the winemaker, wine consultant, and owner of Lashbrook.
  • Lisa Canfield - former owner of Saratoga Wine & Spirits, WSET Certified (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) Level 3, and currently in wine sales at Putnam Wine in Saratoga Springs.
  • Nate Moore - graduated from the enology and viticulture program at FLCC, head winemaker at Inspire Moore, and a rising talent in the Finger Lakes wine scene.
In addition, we will have available for sale, Naples Grape Festival 2022 t-shirts and posters designed by Naples' own and this year's featured artist, Darryl Abraham. Go to our home page for more information.

Vineyards of Concord and Niagara grapes once filled the entire Naples Valley and all the surrounding areas. In the fall, stacks of boxes lined the rows of grapes ready for pickers to fill them and the air was thick with the sweet smell of grapes being harvested. Today, the Finger Lakes Region is home to many grape varietals and produces over 54,000 tons of grapes each year. The region now boasts 130 wineries and has been recognized both nationally and internationally. So, it should be no surprise that home winemaking is on the rise. This year we are bringing together our local home-based winemakers in a friendly competition to see who will be named Judge's Choice, Vintner's Choice, and People's Choice at the recently opened Engine 14 Brewery. Located on the site of the old Widmer's Winery, now the home of Hazlitt Winery, owners Greg and Kate Borden are sharing their newly renovated space to host both the Home Winemaker's Competition and the Chili Cook-off.


    Sunday, September 18, 2022





    FREE to all spectators to come and enjoy
    Come and support our local winemakers. Your vote will determine who receives the People's Choice award. Everyone gets their first ticket free! Please note that there will be no public tastings of wine submitted to this event due to very limited quantities. (If you want to stay longer you can support the Chili Cook-off contestants too! Go to the Chili Cook-off page for more information).


  • Judge's Choice and Vintner's Choice Awards will be presented.
  • People's Choice Award - You get to choose your favorite winemaker @ $1.00 per ticket.

General Rules

  • All competitors must be amateur winemakers. Upon entry, the competitor declares that his/her entries were made in a home winemaking situation and not by a winery or commercial entity.
  • Wines must be made from grapes grown in the Finger Lakes exclusively.
  • All judging will be blind tastings. No labels on the bottles. They will be numbered and tracked by the event chairperson.
  • All wines submitted will be judged on Appearance, Aroma, Body, Taste, and Finish.
  • There is a limit of two (2) entries per competitor.
  • One (1) 750 ml bottle of each wine entered must be submitted for judging. The only exception will be Dessert wines which will be accepted in 375 ml bottles.
  • Judging to be completed on-site and awards presented at the end of the competition - Judge's Choice, Vintner's Choice, and People's Choice Awards.
  • By entering, your information and picture may be used to promote current and future events.


Entry Fees

  • Early Entry (Now through August 2nd): $10 per entry
  • Regular Entry (August 3rd - September 12th): $15 per entry

Payments must accompany entry form. Please mail a check to the address below:

Checks payable to: Naples Grape Festival SE

Mail to: Naples Grape and Arts Festival LLC
6202 Stemple Hill Rd
Naples, NY 14512
Attn: Lisa Messineo, Event Chairperson

For more information, contact Lisa Messineo (Event Chairperson) at lmessineo@naplesgrapefest.org

Community Events 2022 Sponsors

Naples Volunteer Fire Department

HawksPro Vacations LLC

Caruso's Cafe

Messineo et al

Engine 14 Brewery

Town of Naples NY
Village of Naples NY

Naples Ambulance

Irondequoit Landscape

Naples Valley Chiropractic

Woodstead Sauces

Allen Landscape and Maintenance

Town of South Bristol

Bob's Alignment

Smith Boys on Canandaigua Lake

Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery

Brew & Brats at Arbor Hill

Heron Hill Winery

Inspire Moore Winery

Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars

Joseph's Wayside Market

Five Star Bank

McMillan Marine

Monica's Pies

Old School Cafe

Valley Mechanical

Naples Hotel

Hanggi's Christmast Tree Farm

Bristol Valley Hardwoods

FLX Music Supply

Prospective Community Events Sponsors

If your organization would like to donate $100 or more to our new Community Events, we want to recognize you by listing your organization (and link to your website) on our the Community Events pages of our website.

Show your community support by donating $100 or more and sending your organization's logo, website address, mailing address and contact information to Tom Hawks II at thawks@naplesgrapefest.org

You can a make your donation by either going to the Venmo account or mail a check to the address below:

Venmo: @naplesgrapefestse
(please designate Community Events Sponsor)

Checks payable to: Naples Grape Festival SE

Mail to: Naples Arts & Crafts Festival LLC
6202 Stemple Hill Rd
Naples, NY 14512
Attn: Mitch Bay - Treasurer

Contact Tom at 585-704-7210 with any questions you might have.

Our NEW Naples Grape Festival Community Events cannot happen year after year without your generous support. Thank you!.

Naples Grape Festival 2022 is Proudly Presented by the Naples Grape and Arts Festival LLC
All donations and proceeds from Community Events and the Grape Country Gala go toward supporting present and future Community Events. The goal of these events is to bring families and friends together by providing positive, fun and enriching experiences for Naples community residents!