Wine grower, past vineyard owner and wine writer
Figiel was owner of Silver Thread Vineyard and winery on Seneca Lake for over 10 years. It was the
first certified organic vineyard in the Finger Lakes dedicated to European wine varieties. He sold the
winery in 2011.
For 17 years he was editor of 3 wine magazines and is author of two books: Culture in a Glass, and his
most recent, and the subject of our interview, Circle of Vines: The Story of New York Wine.