Our Story.

Wine Flour was born out of the desire to make something from a co-stream that has been over-looked throughout the grape growing culture of the United States. Wine Flour comes from the wine pomace created after wineries press the grapes for their juice. We focus on the drying and grinding of the fermented skin in order to bring you a new superfood powder from the wine industry.However, that was not always the case. 

 

When our research began in 2010,  we planned on making bio-diesel out of grape-seed oil. Since we had yet to process grape seed oil ourselves, it came as no surprise that this bio-diesel, in the end, would cost upwards of $350 per gallon. Well, it’s much better for our skin, hair or food anyway, right? Yes. 

 

From here, we learned that grape-seeds are a smaller percentage of the wine pomace than the wine skins. Our passion for sustainability and research led to the realization that 100% of the wine pomace can be used for food or for fuel. This is when Wine Flour was born, and when the processing of grape-seed oil was put on the back burner. 

 

We designed food and fuel recovery systems for businesses and universities in Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota & Iowa before returning from the mid-west to design and launch our own system under our business, Sustainable Viticulture Systems (SVS) in 2013. 

 

In 2014, we broke ground, and began our first commercial harvest season, one of the warmer harvests we have experienced since. In 2015, we launched our first two Wine Flours, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon. To this day, they have always been in the top three best sellers category.  A few months later, we went on to launch 5 more Wine Flours and began partnering with small stores. 

 

Up until 2017, SVS- Wine Flour was a completely family owned and operated business. Today, we have a team of people that help make our dream turn into an internationally recognized product. With over 10 varieties of Wine Flour, it certainly takes a village to nurture them into healthy superfood powders. 

 

With the help of our team, our communities, our past, present and future clients, Wine Flour is making it’s way into pastas, smoothie mixes, cheese, beer, charcuterie, breads, pizza crust, face masks, soaps and anything that this world can think up. Its versatility was unknown even to us when we first began. It seems that our only true direct competitor is the human imagination. “How adventurous are you”, we ask? 

 

Our operations are located in the heart of the Finger Lakes overlooking Seneca Lake. The processing centers are developed under joint standards of sustainable environment, economy and society to ensure that the highest quality food products are brought to market. After all, it’s harder to change your traditions without flavor, color and nutrition. 

 

About the Founder____________________

Hilary Niver-Johnson, founder and owner of SVS, is  an environmental scientist and chemist by education, with a passion for renewable energy. Today, Hilary is an entrepreneur who is grounded in the food science, viticulture and  the healthy food industry. In the Finger Lakes, there is an eclectic array of Finger Lakes artisanal products, Finger Lakes farm to table restaurants, numerous other food entrepreneurs, and retailers that make being a part of this community both rewarding and exciting. Hilary strives to celebrate all that is food, and believes that the best memories are those made around a table. 

Winery Partners.

Sustainable Viticulture Systems (SVS) are producers of food, NOT producers of wine. Below is our list of winery partners. These vineyards and wineries spend their time tirelessly making sure the pomace we receive is composed of the highest quality. Without the wine industry, our products would not exist. 

Please take a moment to learn more about these wineries by visiting their websites below. 

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Hector Wine Company 

Wine Made with Soul.

Website: hectorwinecompany.com 

Phone: (607) 387- 1045

Making waves in the wine world with winemaker Justin Boyette, Assistant winemaker Alexandra Bond and Co-Owner Jason Hazlitt. 

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Ryan William Vineyard

Place. Preservation. People.

Website: Ryanwilliam.com

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With expansive vineyards and knowledge, Ryan William Vineyard produces world class grapes that make unmatched wines. 

Leidenfrost Vineyards

Finger Lakes Wine Since 1990.

Website: www.leidenfrostwine.com

Phone: 607-546-2800

This father daughter team has been producing world class grapes and wine on the east shore of Seneca Lake for almost three decades!

Sawmill Creek Vineyards

Producing Premium Fruit for Generations. 

Website: Sawmill Creek Vineyards

Phone: 607-546-6777

As one of the largest vineyards on the east side of Seneca Lake, Sawmill Creek supplies dozens of wineries in the Finger Lakes with their premium grapes. 

Red Newt Cellars

Local Wine. Local Food. 

Website: www.rednewt.com 

Phone: 607-546-4100

At the helm of the current Finger Lakes wine and food industry as we know it, is Red Newt Cellars & Bistro. Bringing world class wine to the world from local Finger Lakes Grapes has been a mission of RNC for over two decades. 

Forge Cellars

Minerality, Aromatics and Fruit.

Website: www.forgecellars.com

Phone: 607-622-8020

At Forge, the goal is to grow grapes and handcraft wines of interest and value that perfectly balance minerality, aromatics and fruit to reflect our exceptional Finger Lakes terroir.

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Atwater Estate Vineyards

Experience

The Finger Lakes.

Website: www.atwatervineyards.com

Phone: 607-546-8463

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