From the Vine to your Cup: Chautauqua Strolls One of New York’s Oldest Wineries

Photos by Brett Phelps

  • From left, Jennifer Johnson, Johnson Estate co-owners with her husband Fred, walks Pat and Jeannette Stephenson through the gravel road dividing the vineyards to the next stop on the winery tour.
  • During the Johnson Estate Winery tour, Chautauquans taste wines produced by the vineyard around them, accompanied by food pairings.
  • Johnson Estate Winery Owner Fred Johnson shows the visiting Special Studies group a freshly picked bunch stem of grapes Tuesday in the Johnson vineyards in Westfield. They’ll be used as a time marker to see where the grapes are in their growing stage and when they will be ready for harvest.
  • Hal Svetanics, left, laughs as he walks alongside Morgan Dinger as they travel through the vineyards.
  • Jeannette and Pat Stephenson smell the aroma of a wine sample during the Special Studies Vineyard Walk & Wine Tastings tour.

The author Brett Phelps

Brett Phelps is a visual journalist from Bardstown, Kentucky. Entering his junior year, Brett studies photojournalism, marketing, data analytics and computer information systems at Western Kentucky University. In his first summer at Chautauqua, Brett looks forward to soaking in all of the culture and knowledge that the season has to bring. In his downtime, he enjoys taking long drives through the country backroads (with the windows down), going on hikes, traveling to new destinations, attending concerts and playing the piano. Brett’s life endeavor: Capturing the celebration of life!