Nick Keblish, owner and winemaker, spent a career of over 30 years in engineering. In 1995 while
working at Cherry-Burrell in Little Falls, NY, he was approached by the engineering manager with a
request to take the lead on the design of stainless steel tanks for the wine industry. And, the enjoyment
of wine began!
Having been primarily interested in beer at the time, he began a self-teaching effort to become
knowledgeable on winemaking to better understand the needs of that industry. Working in
manufacturing for so many years, he learned in order to design, you need a thorough understand from a
producer’s perspective. The company gave him an opportunity to spend some time in the Finger Lakes
region and Sonoma and Napa Valley wine country for that first-hand experience with owners and most
importantly winemakers – experiences that made the difference.
A life-long learner, he began researching through various publications and subscribed to Winemaker
magazine. He learned of a program in Rochester, NY for home wine makers and attended programs on
a regular basis. The American Wine Society (AWS), which originated in Rochester, promotes “wine
appreciation through education” and membership in the AWS opened even more learning experiences.
He and his wife, Margaret, attended many annual conferences meeting people representing all aspects
of the wine industry from winemakers to growers to chefs to equipment producers.
In 1996, the basement of his home was converted to a mini lab and wine process area. He produced his
first bottle of wine, Riesling. From that point, home wine production increased from year to year
experimenting with both juice and grapes. For over 20 years, he has devoted his talent to striving to
produce a variety of wines especially enjoying the challenge of blending wines. His wife, Margaret,
always reminds him how important it was to pay attention to his chemistry instructors in high school.
Nick has been the recipient of several awards at the local, state, and a national level. He has received
recognition at the state level competing at the New York State Fair and nationally is very proud of his
recognition by the American Wine Society and Winemaker magazine. His New York State Fair awards
include bronze, silver, and double-gold. In 2014, the American Wine Society rated a fig port wine with a
double-gold. Winemaker magazine acknowledged him with a gold medal for the fig port.
In 2014, he and close friend, George May, decided to take a leap of faith and put their heads together to
open Prospect Falls Winery. While George’s life ended tragically before the winery was open, Nick and
Margaret decided to move forward keeping George’s dream alive. In November 2015, the winery
opened with seven wines and over the past few years has produced a variety of wines.