About Us

A Martin Family History

For more than thirty years, George Martin had been a bee keeper. George, along with wife, Virginia and son Ed, maintained and built a honey production and pollination business which contained two thousand hives and took place in Maine, New York, Florida and South Carolina.

In 1998 with dropping honey prices and increasing costs the family now with son Bill, began niche marketing their honey. Bill had always dabbled in mead making and home brewing. The Martin Family applied for a farm winery license in 1999 and commercial production of honey wine began. Soon after Martin’s Honey Farm and Meadery in Sterling, New York was born.

In 2001, the Martin’s realized the importance of their location in the fruit belt of New York and decided to try their hand at making fruit wines. The concept of Montezuma Winery was then formed. Montezuma Winery quickly took off and was a great success, so much so that we moved the production facilities and gift shop to our 14,000 square foot building in Seneca Falls. Although we do produce high quality grape wines, the focus of our product line is still towards fruit and honey wines.

Montezuma Winery, Martin’s Honey Farm and Meadery and Hidden Marsh Distillery have been awarded numerous awards including Gold, Double Gold, Best of Class, Best Fruit wine, and Commercial Mead Champion. Our wine list offers a range from dry to sweet and include Riesling, Blueberry, Rhubarb and our most popular, Cranberry Bog.

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Award-Winning Wines & Spirits

300+ Awards & Counting

  • Idol Ridge Vidal Blanc Ice

    New York State Fair Wine Competition, 2015
    Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, 2015
  • Cranberry Bog

    New York State Fair Wine Competition, 2015
  • Queen's Flight Liqueur

    New York State Fair Wine Competition, 2015
  • Idol Ridge 2012 Riesling

    NY State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, 2014
  • Judd's Wreckin' Ball Corn Whiskey

    New York Wine & Food Classic, 2014
  • Judd's Wreckin' Ball Corn Whiskey

    NY Wine & Food Classic, 2013
  • Queens Flight

    Best Distilled - NY State Fair Commercial Wine Comp, 2013
  • Fat Frog Red

    Florida State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, 2012
  • Cranberry Bog

    San Francisco Chronicle, 2011
  • Maple Liqueur

    91 Points Excellent, Highly Recommended - Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2011
  • Bee Vodka

    Double Gold & Best of Class - NY State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, 2011
  • Pintail Sparkling Rhubarb

    Best of Class - Indy Int'l, 2011
  • Riesling

    New York Wine & Food Classic, 2011
  • BEE Vodka

    ACSA Spirits Competition, 2015
  • Idol Ridge 2013 Dry Rosé

    NY State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, 2014
  • Idol Ridge 2012 Riesling

    Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, 2014
  • Big Timber Red

    Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, 2014
  • Sparkling Mead

    90 points, Best Buy - World Wine Championships, 2013Best Buy, 90 points, Exceptional - Beverage Tasting Institute, 2013
  • Diamond

    Florida State Fair Competition, 2013
  • Lemberger 2011

    NY Wine & Food Classic, 2013
  • Fat Frog Red

    New York Wine & Food Classic, 2011