Staff Bios - John Kaiser
Vineyard Manager (35 Years)
Fox Run's seasoned vineyard manager, John Kaiser, moved to the Finger Lakes region at the age of fourteen and has been working in the grape industry for over three decades. Working at several prominent wineries on the shores of Keuka Lake, Kaiser gained the knowledge and expertise which led to his grafting the first Chardonnay and Riesling vines onto American rootstock in 1984 at Fox Run. Most recently he has supervised a major conversion of the vineyards to a new trellising system.
When Scott Osborn took over Fox Run in 1993, the 25 acres of Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, and Cabernet Sauvignon suffered from drought stress, competition from weeds and an unsophisticated physical support system. The first order of business for the new owners was an intensive revitalization program. In the winter of 1994, Kaiser heard a Wineries Unlimited presentation by Joetta Kirk on how she retrofitted Sakonnet Vineyards with a Vertical Shoot Positioned (VSP) trellis system with spectacular results.
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