Vinny started making wine as a teenager with his relatives. After college an opportunity to pursue commercial winemaking on his native Long Island was presented and from 1997 to 1999, he apprenticed under winemaker Roman Roth at Wolffer Estate, producing mostly chardonnay and merlot. In 2000, Vinny began work at the legendary Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, where he was first exposed to riesling production. He joined the start-up Atwater Estate Vineyards in 2001, where he continues today heading up winemaking operations for over 15 varieties. Its 8,000 case facility produces estate grown wines, including multiple rieslings, gewurztraminer, blaufränkisch and cabernet franc. Vinny and his wife started their own label, Billsboro Winery, in Geneva, NY in 2007 which specializes in producing small lots dry vinifera wines, including sauvignon blanc, albariño, syrah, and pinot noir.