With a heavy heart, we announce the June 30th, 2017, passing of our founder, Herman Amberg, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease and Dementia.
Herman was born on September 18th, 1928 in Waldau, Germany. On December 21, 1958 Herman married Ute Beck, who survives him. They were blessed with four loving children Ralph (Peggy), Anne (Lee), Mark (Lina) and Eric (Sandra). Herman and Ute have 10 grandchildren, James, Shelley, Becka, Ali, Katie, Jackie, Heather, Neal, Joelle and Jeremy. He was a veteran of the Korean War, member of Rotary Club, served on the Phelps-Clifton Springs School Board, and a member of many professional organizations including Farm Bureau, New York Wine and Grape Foundation and NY State Wine Grape Growers.
Emigrating to the USA in 1951, Herman began working for Cornell University's Experiment Station in Geneva NY in 1952. He was soon assigned as Dr. Nelson Shaulis' technician. While working with Dr. Shaulis, Herman co-authored papers on the development of the first mechanical grape harvester, the Geneva Double Curtain training system, the first microclimate study of the Finger Lakes and many other viticulture research projects. In 1957, Herman started his fledgling grapevine nursery as a sideline business. After 10 years of part time nursery work, Herman left the "Station" to pursued the nursery full time. Over the years of typical agricultural ups and downs, shifts from primarily native and hybrid varieties to vinifera being the dominate varieties propagated, Herman and Ute built the nursery up to over 150 varieties and clones. Their customers have grown from a handful in the Finger Lakes region to thousands throughout most of the country, from Maine to Colorado, Arizona to Florida.
In Herman's honor, the Grafted Grapevine Nursery, LLC. will become, Amberg Grapevine Nursery, LLC.
ensuring the lasting legacy of Herman's hard work and dedication. His wife, Ute, will remain active in the office and their son Eric will remain as the farm's production and general manager. We are thankful for your prayers and support as we continue Herman's quest of providing high quality grapevines in the years ahead.
In lieu of flowers, gifts given in memory of Herman Amberg can be made to: Finger Lakes Grape Program Cornell Cooperative Extension 417 Liberty Street, Suite 1024 Penn Yan, NY 14527, or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital (www.stjude.org/Donate).