Hunt Country supports Finger Lakes Museum

Finger Lakes Museum and Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Rd, Branchport, NY 14418

Hunt Country supports Finger Lakes Museum and
Aquarium with a percentage of sales in April
Branchport, NY – April 2, 2018
This April, Hunt Country Vineyards will be giving a percentage of all sales made
during the month to their neighbor down the hill: the Finger Lakes Museum and Aquarium. It's the
beginning of a partnership between a local business and organization that share a common mission for
promoting and protecting the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes.
"We are thrilled to establish this partnership with the Hunts," says Natalie Payne, executive director of
FLM&A since 2015.
The Finger Lakes Museum and Aquarium is not your standard collection of exhibits and displays.
Instead, it's currently a museum without walls. Its sole purpose is to spark curiosity and provide
personal engagement with the natural wonders of the Finger Lakes. Yes, FLM&A is renovating the old
elementary school in Branchport as its headquarters and has recently constructed a beautiful new barn
on its campus along the banks of Sugar Creek. But these buildings are merely the jumping-off point
for much bigger adventures: kayak trips through the wetlands and on the lake, guided woodland
walks, and birding and photography classes, all led by expert guides and volunteers.
"Getting out on the water or into the trees is the best way for people to truly fall in love with this
place," says Payne.
"It's exciting to collaborate with an organization that shares our passion for both the cultural and
natural history of the region," says Suzanne Hunt, director of strategic development at Hunt Country
Vineyards and a global consultant on renewable energy. She is the younger daughter of Art and Joyce
Hunt, who started the winery in 1981.
The Hunt family has been farming on the west side of Keuka Lake for seven generations. The Hunts
are committed to responsible, sustainable farming and production practices. They've installed awardwinning
solar and geothermal systems to reduce their use of fossil fuels. They make extensive use of
mulch and compost in the vineyards to increase soil health. And they're increasing habitat for bees,
birds and other wildlife all around the farm to create a more resilient environment in which to grow
"We depend on clean air and water, healthy soil, and a stable climate to make great wines," says
Hunt. "As the museum educates visitors about all of the functions and services that these ecosystems
provide — and that we all depend on — hopefully they will inspire more thoughtfulness about how
our individual actions combine to create huge collective impacts."
The Hunt family has been farming west of Keuka Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region for seven generations. In 1981 we started crafting
wine. We are committed to responsible farming and caring for the land that has given us so much. We have reduced our fossil fuel use by
installing award-winning solar and geothermal systems. We’re improving soil health through the use of mulch and compost. And we’re
increasing habitat for bees, birds and other wildlife all around the farm. Because to make great wines, you need clean air, clean water and
healthy soil.
4021 Italy Hill Road Ÿ Branchport, NY 14418 Ÿ 800.946.3289 Ÿ
"I’m extremely encouraged by the continued show of support from local organizations for the
museum, particularly from Hunt Country Vineyards," says Payne. "The Hunts' history and success is
exactly the kind of story that the museum will share and showcase as we continue to grow."
To purchase wine and support the Finger Lakes Museum and Aquarium, visit the tasting room at Hunt
Country Vineyards or shop online at during the month of April. To learn more about
the museum and all of the programs that will be offered this spring and summer, visit
MEDIA REQUESTS: Contact Matt Kelly, director of media and communications at Hunt Country
Vineyards, or 315-595-2812

April 3 - 30, 2018

12:00 PM - 12:00 PM