David and Melissa Pittard had always planned to return to Upstate New York and fulfill their lifelong passion for wine and agriculture. In May of 2014, that dream became a reality.
David and Melissa both grew up 35 minutes away from Buttonwood Grove, in Skaneateles, NY. David had inherited a passion for agriculture from an early age, growing-up working at Beak & Skiff Apple Farm in Lafayette, NY. The orchard, which has been in his family since 1911, taught David how to care for the natural resources of the land, and gave him his first introduction to wine-making, producing apple based wines, vodka and cider. Quickly realizing his true passion, David went on to attend Cornell College of Agriculture.
Buttonwood Grove winery has established a reputation for producing some of the most noteworthy wines in the Finger Lakes, as well as hosting exceptional events; this due to the hard-work and dedication put-forward by previous owners Ken and Diane Riemer. When the unique opportunity arose to purchase the beautiful Buttonwood property in early 2014, David and Melissa leapt at the opportunity.
Now, David and Melissa Pittard, together with Skiff, Frances, and Marnie, embark on the next chapter of their journey – at Buttonwood Grove.
Going forward, the Pittard’s plan to uphold the work of the Riemer’s, whilst putting their own unique stamp on the property. This through continually driving the quality of the wines, promoting the on-property cabin lodging and upholding the Buttonwood tradition of hosting some of the most exceptional events on Cayuga Lake.