Client Spotlight: Kemmeter Wines

Kemmeter Family Crest, bestowed by Emperor Albrecht II, 1438

Kemmeter Family Crest, bestowed by Emperor Albrecht II, 1438

As we've said before, our greatest satisfaction comes from helping give breath to the aspirations of other small businesses. While we sincerely enjoy collaborating with clients of all sizes and sectors, small businesses give us the satisfaction of witnessing the results of our successes not only in measurable returns but also in the excited, smiling faces of owners and their teams.

We've formed bonds with many such clients whom we now also count among our friends. In this spirit, we are debuting our Client Spotlight series, where we will profile the stories, successes and endearing qualities of clients we know you will love as much as we do.

Kemmeter Wines, Penn Yan, NY

One of New York's Finger Lakes wine region's newest additions, Kemmeter Wines, has a history quite unique to the area. Kemmeter's founder and owner Johannes Reinhardt descends from a wine-making family in Bavaria dating back 6 centuries. This pedigree, combined with extensive formal training in wine making and a deep love for the tradition, has helped make Johannes highly respected in the region for the excellent wines created in his care. Since their opening on August 1, 2013, Kemmeter has been a sought-after stop on Finger Lakes wine tours.

Johannes first came to the US in 1999 and worked for one year at Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars before being hired as the wine maker for Anthony Road Wine Company, where he continues to supervise wine harvesting production. He credits John and Ann Martini, the owners at Anthony Road, with generously supporting his vision and helping make Kemmeter Wines possible. The two wineries are close neighbors in Penn Yan, allowing Johannes to maintain a consulting role at Anthony Road.

Specializing in Riesling varietals, Kemmeter offers 3 tiers of wines. Tastings in their lovely private tasting room are by appointment only, Thursdays through Saturdays, from 1:30 - 3:30 only, with a maximum of 6 people tasting at one time. For more info, visit: KemmeterWines.com.

Riesling wine label series created by Flight 9

Riesling wine label series created by Flight 9

Flights of Wine with Flight 9

I was introduced to Johannes almost 10 years ago, when he was working as the winemaker for Anthony Road, and his dream of opening his own winery was in its early stages. The label concept for Kemmeter's first-tier Riesling, Sonero, was developed at that time. It is evocative of a fluid, dancing figure, while the name Sonero connotes a freestyle salsa singer.

Johannes then expected his green card to be granted within a couple of years, but he subsequently ran into a series of administrative roadblocks, delaying for several years his ability to establish a business in the US. Once those hurdles were finally overcome, Kelly and I worked with Johannes on refining the Sonero branding and creating labels for the Kemmeter mid-range line (simply called "Kemmeter") and SanSan, Kemmeter's most upscale offering. The middle-tier label reflects the idea that Kemmeter has a traditional flavor and serves as the anchor for the overall collection. Interestingly, however, Kemmeter is crafted rather nontraditionally, with its 3 distinct wines comprising a sub-series that is fermented from the grapes of 3 different vineyards (Sheldrake Point, Red Tail Ridge and White Pine Vineyards). The SanSan label has an artistic, romantic feel, which is appropriate because Johannes developed this particular wine as a loving homage to his wife. The sheet music element in the design is an excerpt of the beautiful orchestral piece Air by JS Bach.

Johannes and Imelda Reinhardt

Johannes and Imelda Reinhardt


It has been an honor for us both to work closely with Johannes and his beloved wife Imelda – the muse behind so much of Johannes's fine work – to help communicate their vision and support the diligent hard work that goes into making Kemmeter the outstanding winery it has so clearly emerged to become.

We wish Johannes and Imelda the greatest future success and hope you will visit them next time you go to the Finger Lakes!

- Melissa