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.
SUZANNE HUNT Co-Owner and Director of Sustainability
Suzanne Hunt returned to the farm where she grew up and decided to stick around after meeting and marrying Matt Kelly. When she did, Suzanne brought along her nearly two decades of experience solving problems in energy, agriculture, transportation and the environment. She is the founder and CEO of HuntGreen LLC whose clients have included a wide variety of private equity firms, government agencies, startups, Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits. She has served as an advisor to numerous global entities, most recently becoming a member of the Sustainability Advisory Council to the CEO of Bayer Corporation in Germany. Locally, she is on the Board of Trustees for the Seneca Park Zoo Society and the Advisory Council of Cornell AgriTech. Suzanne has been featured as a “Pioneer” in Science Magazine, and as an expert in her field in national and international media, and she has literally written the book on biofuels (“Biofuels for Transport: Global Potential and Implications for Sustainable Energy and Agriculture”).
MATT KELLY Co-Owner and Creative Director
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.
CRAIG HOSBACH Head Winemaker
Craig began his career in winemaking in 2004 through a chance opportunity to work at a New Jersey winery near where he grew up. After apprenticing for only a year, Craig was named head winemaker where he concentrated on the production of French-American hybrids and American hybrids. Since 2008, Craig has practiced honing his craft in New York state serving as the head winemaker at several wineries in the north country. In 2010 Craig served as Vice President of the Northern New York Grape Growers Association. In 2013 he helped establish a teaching winemaking facility at Tug Hill Vineyards in conjunction with Jefferson County Community College. In 2017 Craig joined our team at Hunt Country Vineyard as the head winemaker where he is able to focus on estate-grown vinifera as well as a diverse range of regional grape varieties. His dedication to excellence is paying off: in 2020 Hunt Country wines received multiple 90+ scores from major wine publications and praise from industry critics.
TESSA OLSEN Director of Retail & Special Projects
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.
NORM SHEA Assistant Vineyard Manager
Norm is involved in every aspect of vineyard management at Hunt Country, from soil testing to mulch application to harvest. Norm has two Associate Degrees in applied sciences: one in Natural Resources Conservation (1986) and one in Viticulture and Wine Technology (2019). His previous experience includes working for the Monroe County Health Department, the Helmer Nature Center, and the General Testing Corporation – an environmental laboratory where he tracked contaminated groundwater. Norm also has experience in manufacturing and photography. He is thrilled to be working with people who respect the environment as much as he does.