She succeeds Aaron Roisen, who held the position from August 2007 through last month. Says Roisen, "I consider the past nine years that I have been making wine at Hosmer to be the most formative and influential of my winemaking career, and I would certainly not be the winemaker I am today without the support of the Hosmer team.
"I cannot think of a better person to take my place in the cellar than Julia. She is one of the most talented and recognized up and coming winemakers in the Finger Lakes and a perfect fit for Hosmer."
Hoyle was born in Philadelphia, but came to the Finger Lakes to study at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. After graduation, she spent time abroad both in France, teaching English, and in Senegal, west Africa.
Her wine interest was stoked In 2009 when, as a college student, she took a job in the tasting room at Fox Run Vineyards on Seneca Lake. After several years, she spent a harvest in the cellar at Atwater Winery in Burdett before taking a fulltime position as assistant winemaker at Sheldrake Point Winery in Ovid in December 2013.
Hoyle, however, didn't limit her training to the Finger Lakes. She took a brief sabbatical in early 2015 to work as the night shift white winemaker at Yalumba Winery, Australia's oldest family winery. She then returned to Sheldrake Point where she had been until her transition to Hosmer Winery.
Asked to name several things she is looking forward to, Hoyle noted "the extremely diverse and expanding Riesling portfolio" and "our estate red vinifera, especially the Hosmer Cabernet Franc."
Hosmer Winery is open year-round on the west side of Cayuga Lake at 7020 Route 89 in Ovid.
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