bird watching

Sights and Sounds:
Backyard Bird Watching & Listening!

Second Sunday of the month from 2 – 3 pm.

Let's get accustomed with the everyday songbirds in our backyard! You'll learn how they look, plus how they sound so that you'll be able to spot them once you get back to your own home. No extra cover charge. Wine will be available for purchase by the glass/bottle for your enjoyment during the event.

Suggestions: Bring over your binoculars and books; smartphone apps are also helpful. We’ll show you how to use them if you aren’t familiar with them yet. The event will take place just outside of our Tasting Room (no vineyard tours). Lawn chairs and/or blankets to lay on will be convenient to your comfort. Rain or shine so get your rain gear handy when it’s wet. However, if it’s pouring or storms are expected, we may cancel the event. Follow us on Facebook for the up-to-date information. Questions? Call or email us!

2022 dates:

April 10
May 8
June 12
July 10
August 14
September 11

sunset tasting

Sunset Tasting

We extend our regular Wine Tasting Room hours from 6 pm until sunset prior to Starry Starry Nights events. Come and enjoy a casual wine tasting or a glass of our award-winning wines while watching the sunset over Lake Ontario.

Sunset Tasting will be offered one group, up to 6 people, at a time by reservation. There are several time slots available each evening, see the times below.

If you cannot make your reservation on time, please call us that you’ll be late or not coming at all so that we will share the time slot with the people waiting. Even though we cannot accommodate a tasting to everyone, you can still enjoy our wine by the glass or bottle outside while watching the sunset over Lake Ontario.

We urge you to come ahead of time and secure your spot on the lawn for the Stargazing if your reservation is the last one for the night. It will get dark by the time your tasting is finished and you walk out of the Tasting Room. You will want to be sure that you already have your chairs/blankets ready when the Starry Starry Night actually starts.

The time slots for the Sunset Tasting are as follows
(All are on Saturdays):

August 13:  6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00
Star gazing starts at 8:40 pm

August 27:  6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30
Star gazing starts at 8:20 pm

September 10:  6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30
Star gazing starts at 8:00 pm

September 17:  6:00, 6:30, 7:00
Star gazing starts at 7:45 pm

To make your reservation, simply call 315-594-2502
or email to:

Feel free to call or email us with any questions, too.



Starry Starry Night: Stargazing at Thorpe Vineyard

Starry Starry Night is an event for you to learn the stars and constellations. We ask that you bring your own chairs and/or blankets to sit/lay on the lawn outside the Tasting Room during the event. There is no cover charge to join the Stargazing. Please note that we don't conduct any winetasting once the talk starts; however, wine and snacks are available for purchase.

Learning the Stars & Constellations: Fumie Thorpe, the owner of Thorpe Vineyard, has a BS degree in Meteorology with a minor in Astronomy from SUNY Oswego. She hands out a star chart and talks about the celestial bodies overhead. She introduces some Eastern star tales she grew up with along with Greek/Roman mythology associated with the constellations we are seeing. Timely astronomical news and findings are also presented. When an International Space Station (ISS) flyby is anticipated, we’ll take a break from the talk and watch.

Stargazing! See how many constellations you can find–-Fumie is there to guide you. Though actual stargazing is weather permitting, the talk will be held as long as there is an interest. We post updates of the weather conditions on Facebook and Twitter--so follow us!

Notes and Advice: Please dress appropriately--long pants and bug spray are good ideas. Sneakers or walk shoes/boots are recommended as the lawn will be likely wet from the dew. Bring over your binoculars and telescopes if you have and would like. Phone apps are a great tool to learn and find the constellations. Fumie can help you how to use them if you are not familiar with them yet.

Starry Starry Night events last about 1 ½ hour.

August 13 -- 8:40 pm

August 27 -- 8:20 pm

September 10 -- 8:00 pm

September 17 -- 7:45 pm

To make your reservation, simply call 315-594-2502
or email to:

Feel free to call or email us with any questions, too.


2022 Events

April 29 - May 1


Wayne County Spring Shopping Fling

November 11 - 13


Wayne County Winter Wonderland Shopping Fling

View Fumie's Blog

Winery owner Fumie Thorpe is always busy at the winery! Visit her blog to learn what it's like to live and work in a New York winery.



Thorpe Vineyard
8150 Chimney Heights Blvd.
Wolcott, New York USA 14590
P: (315) 594-2502