As I think back over the past 8 years that Trestle Thirty One has been in existence, it is a miracle we have survived at all! I am so grateful to all of our friends and loyal customers who have stood by us through many business transformations over such a short amount of time.
When we started we had just sold our first home in Napa and had moved back to the Finger Lakes in 2015. We purchased our land on Seneca Lake and we decided to start our own brand focusing on a single wine, a dry Riesling. A fortuitous discussion with Scott Osborn of Fox Run Vineyards led to a partnership without which Trestle Thirty One wouldn’t be what it is today. That year we made 119 cases and had planned to sell it all through our website when it was released in 2017. Brian and I were still working full time and we were raising our only son at the time.
Since then we have been through quite a few transformational changes. Two additional cross country moves (back to Napa and then back to the Finger Lakes again!) and the addition of our youngest son. I was 7 months pregnant with him when the world shut down in 2020 and we lost the majority of our sales outlets virtually overnight since most of our sales at that point were on-premise. I thought that all was lost and there was no way I would be able to have a baby and keep the company going through that crisis. Then I thought about all of you, who through it all, have believed in our brand and in me. I knew I couldn’t give up on everything we had worked so hard for.
Like most businesses, 2020 was a transformational year for us. While everything looked bleak during the first half of that year, the second half was a whirlwind of change and metamorphosis. We had our first public tasting thanks to Scout Vineyard. It was then we realized we needed a space for people to come experience our wines in the type of setting that they deserved to be enjoyed in. We found the building on Exchange St and it seemed like destiny. We closed the sale of the building in January and spent the next six months renovating it to open in July of 2021. Almost a year later exactly we opened The Loft at Trestle Thirty One in 2022. In the meantime, we have added additional wines to the original Riesling and I’ve been able to work full time for the business since early 2022.
Through it all it has been you, our loyal customers, who have helped make this happen. Every bottle we sell has gone back into building this business and slowly growing it over time. These past eight years have not been easy but they have been so rewarding in so many ways. Most of all, I’ve been able to get to know all of you and I wanted to say how grateful I am and our team is for your support! You have helped us make this dream a reality and for that I am eternally grateful.
Nova and the entire team at Trestle Thirty One