Camp Fossenvue, in which our winery is named after, is located right here in Lodi, NY and holds major historical importance from the women’s suffrage movement. This site became a recreational place for women and men to gather and share their ideas about women’s rights. The camp was founded by seven people including Elizabeth Smith Miller (cousin of Elizabeth Cady Stanton), her daughter Anne Fitzhugh Miller, and five others. When deciding on a name for the camp, they came up with Fossenvue, an anagram for “Seven of Us”.
Our new wine series, Seven of Us, will include seven different wines each named after elements from the women’s suffrage movement and Camp Fossenvue. Each of these wines also represent traditional winemaking techniques that date back to the 1500s.
“The suffragettes who met at the original Fossenvue camp brought revolution to the millenniums-old concept of representative democracy by working to include women in the process. With these wines, we attempted to bring our own forward-thinking spin to ancient winemaking techniques by applying them in decidedly unorthodox ways.” -Phil Plummer, Head Winemaker
With the camp being in Lodi and the nearby town of Seneca Falls being the birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement, it was only fitting that we pictured each wine with respective historical monuments in the area.
#1– Eighteen Forty-Eight
(Pictured in front of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park)
Diamond Pétillant-Naturel: This Pétillant Naturel was processed in the Methode Ancestrale tradition, the world’s most ancient sparkling wine technique. It is bottled during the tail end of alcoholic fermentation to generate a light fizz and a resulting wine that is bright, juicy, and left unfiltered.
In Eighteen Forty-Eight, a convention was held in Seneca Falls, NY that launched the women’s suffrage movement. Here is where the Declaration of Sentiments was created, claiming that all men and women were created equal.
#2 – House of Rebellion
(Pictured in front of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s house)
Valvin Muscat Skin-Fermented: Orange wines are produced by processing and fermenting white grapes via red wine production protocols and have been produced for thousands of years. The result is a product with complex aromas, full flavor, and rich texture.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton lived in Seneca Falls, NY when her home was coined the term “Center of Rebellion”. It became the home base for women’s suffragists to share their ideas.
(Pictured in front of the Anthony-Stanton-Bloomer statue)
Rosé Cuvée de Pression: This rosé was assembled using various press fractions from red and sparkling wine production; Saignée and Taille. By combining these wildly different fractions, we were able to create a highly complex and layered dry rose.
Women and men worked hard to make the women’s suffrage movement nationwide. In 1868, The Revolution was created, a national weekly woman’s rights newspaper that helped spread ideas to re-envision women’s rights.
(Pictured at VanCleef Lake)
Bottle Conditioned Cider: This sparkling cider was produced from antique apple varieties and underwent a cool, slow primary fermentation to maximize fresh fruit esters and highlight its layered textural elements. Effervescence was achieved via secondary fermentation in the bottles which were left undisgorged.
Beginnings is the title of a section within the book of Embers. This book includes a backlog of stories & poems from the time spent at Camp Fossenvue between the years of 1875-1900.
Camp Fossenvue in Lodi, NY