Our Story

A lot of people fall in love with the idea of becoming a winemaker…

and a honeymoon is probably one of the most typical moments to have such fantasies! 

Our journey to Billsboro Winery began in 1992 when we met as Peace Corps volunteers in Tunisia. We got married when we returned stateside and honeymooned in wine country. We knew we weren’t cut out for the suit-and-tie city life, but as we walked the vineyards, we knew what we wanted to do.  Vinny left his job to become a winemaker’s apprentice on Long Island and began to learn the art of making wine.

The opportunity to purchase and operate Billsboro Winery arose in 2007.  Since then, we have been living our dream, and we extend special thanks to the many people in the area who have helped us along the way.

Join us to taste refreshing, artfully crafted wines, relax on our deck, and enjoy the view. We promise you a memorable experience.

Cheers!
Kim, Vinny, and the Billsboro team

Our team

Vinny Aliperti

Owner and Winemaker

Kim Aliperti

Owner and GENERAL Manager

Keith Whitten

tasting room manager & wine education

Sarah Taylor

MARKETING MANAGER

Louis Baldino

wine club manager

Cary Becraft

chocolatier - carymo chocolate

Our grower partners

Billsboro is eternally grateful to our grower partners for their steadfast dedication to producing ultra-premium wine grapes. We are especially excited to be working with growers who have completed the certification process for vineyards who are “seeking to advance their environmental, social, and economic sustainability”. This forward thinking commitment to protecting our land and water was developed by the New York Wine and Grape Sustainability Program and will now feature a Trustmark on a wine’s label indicating it was sourced from a certified sustainable vineyard.   

Sawmill Creek Vineyards

Hector, NY

Elevation: 450 – 775 feet
Aspect: West
Soil Type: Lansing over glacial till
Slope: 8 -15%

Leidenfrost Vineyards

Hector, NY

Elevation: 700 – 750 feet
Aspect: West
Soil Type: Valois over glacial till
Slope: 8 -15%

Martini Family Vineyards

Penn Yan, NY

Elevation: 700 – 750 feet
Aspect: East
Soil Type: Honeoye over glacial till
Slope: 3% – 8%
 

Buttonwood Vineyards

Romulus, NY

Elevation: 440 – 510 feet
Aspect: East
Soil Type: Cazenovia Silt Loam 
Slope: 8% – 15%
 
At Billsboro Winery, we’re proud to partner with vineyards that share our commitment to sustainability. The majority of our partnering vineyards have been certified in the New York Sustainable Winegrowing program by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, a testament to our collective dedication to environmentally responsible wine production. 
 
This certification is a reflection on our deepest respect for the land, our passion for crafting exceptional wines, responsibly, and our commitment to leaving a positive legacy for future generations. 

Environmental Sustainability

Here at Billsboro, we try our best to minimize our impact on the environment. From buying sustainably farmed grapes to sourcing our electricity from a local solar farm to using compostable products at our events, we are conscious of our choices.

 We are proud to work with growers and vineyards that adhere to sustainable viticultural practices, many of whom where certified by the first New York Sustainable Winegrowing initiative in the spring of 2023. 

Vinny Aliperti

Owner and winemaker Vinny Aliperti got hooked on winemaking as a teenager in his grandfather’s cellar in Queens, NY, where he was first introduced to his family’s annual tradition. Vinny’s winemaking style is often described as energetic and fruit-driven, focusing on creating textural, contemplative wines. His dynamic approach has earned him praise both locally and nationally, including several write-ups in ‘DecanterVinePair, ‘Wine Spectator’, the ‘Washington Post’, ‘Wine and Spirits’, ‘Wine Enthusiast’, and the ‘New York Cork Report’.

Kim Aliperti

Kim is the creative force behind Billsboro Winery, curating a classic yet comfortable vibe for the tasting room. If she’s not behind the wine bar, she’s out making a difference in the community as a volunteer with many civic organizations, including the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance and The New York Wine Industry Association.

A long-time wine enthusiast, Kim was the impetus in moving forward to purchase Billsboro Winery in 2007. She is a former Peace Corps volunteer and high school English teacher. Kim puts her classroom and boardroom skills to work in juggling all the elements involved in running one of the Finger Lakes best destination’s for wine tastings.

Keith Whitten

Keith Whitten joins the Billsboro team with a decade of experience in hospitality leadership and wine education in various cities across the country, developing a particular fondness for celebrating unsung wines and introducing both teammates and guests to their joys. He and his wife (and their two cats) moved to the Finger Lakes to participate in the growth and evolution of this (re-) emerging wine region, as well enjoy its natural beauty.

Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor, a Geneva native and HWS alum, brings her scientific background and deep-rooted connection with the local community to the Billsboro team. With 6 years of experience in the wine industry, she’s nurtured her passion for marketing, content creation, and social media management. Sarah’s commitment to her craft, combined with her genuine appreciation for the place she calls home, fuels her desire to increase the visibility of and excitement for the Finger Lakes Wine Region.

Louis Baldino

Louis Baldino comes to the Billsboro team bringing a plethora of knowledge in creating exceptional experiences for consumers through various industries. With a background in logistics and sales, he is looking to help contribute in making each experience at Billsboro a memorable one. Like his team mates, Louis aims to help showcase the beauty and quality of this Finger Lakes Wine Region. Louis and his family are excited to call the Finger Lakes home and have a dachshund named Jac who keeps them always young at heart. 

Cary Becraft

Cary M Becraft moved to the Finger Lakes region from NYC in 2007 and brought her handcrafted chocolate business with her, as well as her passion for wine and hospitality.

She creates unique and seasonal artisanal chocolates to pair with Billsboro wines which you can experience year round in our beautiful tasting room barn.

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