SUZANNE HUNT Co-Owner
In addition to being a co-owner of her family's seventh generation farm and winery, Suzanne is also Vice President for Public Policy for Generate Upcycle, PBC which finances, builds, owns, and operates sustainable infrastructure projects in North America and Europe. From 2007-2021 Suzanne was a clean tech and climate policy consultant solving problems in energy, agriculture, and transportation. Her firm HuntGreen LLC’s clients included a wide variety of private equity firms, government agencies, startups, Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits. She serves on the external Sustainability Council to the CEO and senior leadership of Bayer Corporation in Germany. She is a NE Chapter Director of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), was appointed to the Agriculture and Forestry Advisory Panel to the NY Climate Action Council, and serves as Chair of the Cornell AgriTech Advisory Council. She is a Board Trustee of the Seneca Park Zoo Society, Board Member of Energy Vision, and the Center for Earth Ethics at the Union Divinity School. At the winery Suzanne has spearheaded a multitude of sustainability and climate resilience efforts – including energy efficiency, geothermal heating/cooling, solar PV, micro-wind, soil health, carbon sequestration, sustainable building materials, waste reduction, wildlife habitat, and advocacy. In 2020, Hunt County Vineyards was the first winery to receive the New York Wine & Grape Foundation's Sustainability Award. In 2021 Suzanne and her parents were recognized by Wine Business Monthly as some of the top leaders who shape the way the wine industry operates. Suzanne has been featured as a “Pioneer” in Science Magazine, and as an expert in her fields in national and international print media and television.
MATT KELLY Co-Owner
Matt wears many hats. He oversees media and communication for the winery. On a given day he might be designing a new wine label, crafting a news release, or developing a new online wine course. He brings extensive experience in retail, customer service and education to the winery, having earned his business chops working for the outdoor retailers REI and L.L. Bean. But he's also an independent journalist and storyteller. Matt is the creator, host and editor of The Bee Report podcast, newsletter and website. He is currently working on a documentary film about bees in the western U.S. Matt is also a volunteer EMT and firefighter serving our local community 24/7/365.
ART HUNTCo-Founder and Co-Owner
“Do you know Art?” is a common refrain heard around our region. After half a century of growing grapes and making wine, there are few people have haven’t benefited from Art’s experience, knowledge and generosity – or suffered through his punny sense of humor. Art has pretty much seen and done everything there is to do in the Finger Lakes wine industry, from working with Cornell scientists to pioneer new viticulture techniques and develop new grape varieties, to helping craft the laws that made the Finger Lakes wine region what it is today. While the earliest generations of Hunts built the farmhouse and the two oldest barns on the property in the 1800s, the three modern buildings were designed and largely constructed by Art. He has served on the boards of many organizations including Cornell AgriTech, The Keuka Lake Association, and The New York Wine & Grape Foundation. And he's also been a volunteer firefighter for over 45 years.
JOYCE HUNT Co-Founder and Co-Owner
If something falls through the cracks, Joyce catches it. Joyce’s tenacity is one of the reasons that the business has survived all manner of market upheaval and challenge over the past 40-plus years. She is a founding member and past president of the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. In 1987, she was appointed by Gov. Mario Cuomo to the Finger Lakes Regional Development Council. She has served on the boards of Yates County Family Planning, Yates County Arts Council and the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, which she helped found with Richard Auldon Clark of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. You will often find Joyce working in the beautiful flower gardens at the winery, and you will always find her with her faithful (and energetic) golden retriever, Ivan, by her side.
TESSA OLSEN Tasting Room Manager
Hailing from Cuttyhunk, the last (but most beautiful) island between Buzzards Bay and Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts, Tessa is the captain of our retail ship and special events. She has extensive experience in the hospitality and service industry, having run her own businesses and worked as a personal chef, in restaurants, at the Avalon Inn and even at Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms. Tessa is also a graduate of The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University; she will readily bring her artistic talents to bear in her careful selection of beautiful gift and food items from local artisans, and in her crafting of every event.