In 1986 the Seneca Lake Wine Trail was formed and so began the production of world-class wines. Comprised of over 35 wineries, distilleries, cider producers, and multiple breweries, The Seneca Lake Wine Trail is the largest and most active wine trail in New York State.
Seneca Lake’s natural combination of deep water and sloping hillsides provides the ideal micro-climate for grape growing. Seneca Lake Wine Trail wineries have won hundreds of national and international medals and are recognized as world-class producers of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Honey Wines (Meads). The large size and deep depths of Seneca Lake make it ideal for grape growing. It is no surprise Seneca Lake hosts more wineries than any of the other Finger Lakes.
For more information on Seneca Lake Wine Trail wineries and events call toll-free 877-536-2717. Or Visit their Web site at www.senecalakewine.com
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Anthony Road Wine Company – A wide array of wines are created by the Anthony Road Wine Company using exclusively Finger Lakes grapes. From dry wines to dessert wines there is something for everyone.
Barnstormer Winery – Barnstormer Winery is one of the newest of the Seneca Lake Wineries. Only in their second vintage, they produced 1,600 cases in 2014. If you want to try some Barnstormer wine, visit the tasting room that hosts live music throughout the year.
Belhurst Estate Winery – The Belhurst Estate Winery is far more than just a winery. Belhurst features a spa, two restaurants and accommodations in addition to the wine. The Belhurst Castle is a landmark at Belhurst Estate Winery; this castle was built in the late 1880’s by Mrs. Carrie M. Young Harron.
Billsboro Winery – Focusing on dry vinifera wines, Billsboro Winery uses grapes from the Sawmill Creek Vineyard to make their quality wines. There are two
Billsboro Winery tasting rooms, one in Waterloo and the other in Geneva.
Castel Grisch Winery – Castel Grisch Winery is a restaurant as well as a winery on the west side of Seneca Lake and offers beautiful scenery of Seneca Lake and the surrounding landscape. Castle Grisch produces a variety of red, white and dessert wines.
Fox Run Vineyards – Fox Run Vineyards focuses on non-hybrid European grapes to make their award winning wines. Using cutting edge techniques along-side a diligent protection of their vines, Fox Run Vineyards has been producing top-quality wines for over 25 years and offers a top notch educational estate tours.
Fulkerson Winery – The Fulkerson family has owned the land on which the winery sits since Caleb Fulkerson first claimed the land in 1805. However, grapes only played a minor role in the farm until the 1970’s when Sayre and Roger (5th & 6th generation Fulkerson) expanded grape production. Today, Fulkerson Winery grows a large variety of grapes and produces a number of wines.
Glenora Wine Cellars – After the Farm Winery Act of 1976 was passed, the owners of Glenora Wine Cellars took the opportunity to become the first winery on Seneca Lake. Quickly, Glenora Wine became known for its quality, winning several awards in its first vintage.
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard – Hermann J. Wiemer was convinced vinifera varietals could survive the harsh winters of New York during a time when few others agreed. In 1976, he planted his first vines knowing that the deep depths of Seneca Lake and the surrounding microclimate would protect his crop. Now, the Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard produces red, white, sparkling and dessert wines and is held in high praise by a number of wine critics.
Heron Hill on Seneca Lake – Heron Hill has three tasting locations, one on Keuka Lake, one on Canadiauga Lake at Bristol, and another in Himrod on Seneca Lake. This winery has grown from a small production of 5,000 cases when it first opened in 1977 to producing around 18,000 cases today. Heron Hill also holds a number of special events at all of their tasting locations.
Lacey Magruder Winery – Located just west of Seneca Lake, the Lacey Magruder Winery offers wine for your enjoyment. The Lacey Magruder Winery is a piece of Ireland in the Finger Lakes; their tasting room is inspired by a pub in Dublin, Ireland and is named after the owners’ two Irish grandmothers.
Lakewood Vineyards – In 1951, Frank Stamp moved into Lakewood Farm and converted it from a run-down peach and apple farm into a vineyard. The Stamp family focused exclusively on growing grapes until 1988 when Frank’s son, Monty, produced the first vintage under the Lakewood Vineyards name. They have gone on to produce a number of award winning wines while continuing to grow over 80 acres of grape vines.
Lake Street Station Winery – Offering their Lake Street Station Winery wine as well as Hazlett 1852, and 3 Brothers winery wine, Lake Street Station Winery is themed after a 1922 Texaco gas station. Lake Street Station Winery is located in downtown Geneva and features a liquor store as well as a tasting room, café and gift shop.
Miles Wine Cellars – Miles Wine Cellars produces estate grown wines that you can sample in the 200 year old Greek revival home that serves as their tasting room. You can also host your wedding at Miles Wine Cellars or enjoy their events, the café or stay in one of their comfortable and quaint Inn rooms.
Shaw Vineyard – Shaw Vineyard is a boutique winery focusing on food friendly European wines. Shaw Vineyards have won awards for the various wines they produce including Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Starkey’s Lookout – Starkey’s Lookout produces wine using two labels, SenecaHayes Wine Cellars and the Twisted Screw Wine Company. SenecaHayes produces dry wines while the Twisted Screw Wine Company is for sweeter table wines. Starkey’s Lookout also produces its own craft beer and soda.
Torrey Ridge Winery & Earle Estates Meadery – Enjoy the beautiful and spacious tasting room at Torrey Ridge Winery & Earle Estates Meadery and sample any of their top quality wines and honey wines.
Villa Bellangelo – Villa Bellangelo is home to the oldest vineyard in Yates County, planted by Dr. Byron Spence in 1866. Michael Missick and the rest of the Missick family continued this tradition after founding Villa Bellangelo in 2002. They use a combination of American and European wine making techniques to produce a blend that is uniquely their own.
White Springs Winery – Visit White Springs Winery any time of year and sample a number of white and red wines in their spacious tasting room. In the milder months, you can enjoy the covered patio and the scenery of Seneca Lake. If it’s a little chilly outside, warm up by the fireplace and sip on a White Springs Winery wine.
Atwater Estate Vineyards – Boasting one of the most panoramic views of all the wineries on Seneca Lake, Atwater Estate Vineyards has been growing grapes since Ted Marks purchased the vineyard in September of 2000. Atwater Estate Vineyards produces 7,000 cases of wine a year and grows 16 varieties of grapes.
Chateau LaFayette Reneau – Using traditional European wine making techniques,
Chateau LaFayette Reneau has won a number of awards for their wine; they have won the Governor’s Cup award three times since 1998, the most recent of which was in 2014.
Hazlitt 1852 – In 1852, the first of six generations of Hazlitt farmed the land Hazlitt 1852 sits on today. In 1985, Jerry and Elaine Hazlitt founded the Hazlitt 1852 vineyard. Hazlitt 1852 produces a wide variety of grapes and wines and is sure to have something for all tastes.
Idol Ridge Winery – Although Idol Ridge Winery is a newcomer to Seneca Lake, opening in 2013, the Martin family, who owns Idol Ridge Winery, has plenty of experience with wine; the Martin family also owns the Montezuma Winery and Hidden Marsh Distillery. Idol Ridge Winery focuses on producing wines using European vinifera grapes.
J.R. Dill Winery – Winemaking started out as a hobby for J.R. Dill and it quickly grew into a passion. Continuing the tradition from his great grandfather, who worked in a vineyard over 100 years ago, J.R. Dill uses his passion for wine and the Finger Lakes to create quality wines.
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars – Using sustainability farming practices, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars produces all of the grapes used in their wine. Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars uses the consistency and high quality of their own grapes to their advantage, consistently producing award winning Finger Lakes wines.
Penguin Bay Winery – Focusing on cool climate wines, Penguin Bay Winery has won awards for both red and white wines. You can also taste wines from Swedish Hill and Goose Watch, the sister wineries of Penguin Bay, at Penguin Bay Winery. While at Penguin Bay Winery, be sure to visit the gift shop and enjoy the picnic area overlooking Seneca Lake.
Three Brothers Wineries & Estates – Three Brothers Wineries & Estates consists of four wineries and a brewery all rolled into one. There are four different areas to enjoy any of the Three Brothers Winery products including a wonderful variety of Finger Lakes wines and craft beers. Located in Geneva on the east side of Seneca Lake, you won’t want to miss a stop. Whether you are feeling adventurous, romantic, or sophisticated, there is a special location on the Estate to cater to your needs.
Ventosa Vineyards – Try the variety of wines Ventosa Vineyards produces, including their unique Italian varieties like Sangiovese and white Tocai Friulano, in their Tuscan themed scenic tasting room overlooking the east side of Seneca Lake. You can also enjoy light Italian Cuisine at Café Toscana. If you’re looking for the perfect place for your wedding, look no further than the La Vista e Bella Room. La Vista e Bella Room is a large, unique space with a dance floor and access to an expansive outdoor terrace.
Wagner Vineyards & Wagner Valley Brewing Co – Cultivating 250 acres of grapes and producing 50,000 cases of wine each year, Wagner Vineyards & Wagner Valley Brewing Co is one of the larger operations in the Finger Lakes region. Wagner Vineyards & Wagner Valley Brewing Co also produces a diverse selection of award winning craft beers. Both wines and beers can be sampled while dining at The Ginny Lee Cafe, an onsite café on the Wagner Vineyards & Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
Zugibe Vineyards – Specializing in dry and semi-dry Finger Lakes wines, Zugibe Vineyards produces estate grown wine in Geneva on the east side of Seneca Lake. Winemaker Fredrick T. Zugibe III works to produce innovative, complex, and delicious wines while Sean Zugibe manages the 40 acres of vineyard, growing 11 varietals of grape.
Abundant in breathtaking views and award winning wines, The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is America’s first and longest running wine trail.
Established in 1983. and comprised of wineries, cideries, and distilleries, the trail offers something for everyone. Experience family owned and operated wineries and farms and explore the tastes, aromas and sights unique to the Finger Lakes.
For more information click on their website at www.cayugawinetrail.com
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The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is the most eastern of the Finger Lakes wine trails. There are 14 wineries that make up the trail, each boasting their own unique offerings.
Americana Vineyards & Crystal Lake Cafe – You will find a true taste of Americana at this vineyard and café in Interlaken. When you visit Americana Vineyards you can sample a number of Finger Lakes wines, try one of the 20 varieties of homemade fudge or stay for a meal at the Crystal Lake Café.
Bet the Farm Winery & Gourmet Market – Specializing in small batches, Bet the Farm Winery & Gourmet Market only produces 4-5 varietals per year. Bet the Farm isn’t all about the wine, however; you can purchase a number of quality snacks, cheeses, condiments and confections as well.
Buttonwood Grove Winery – David and Melissa Pittard took over Buttonwood Grove Winery in 2014 from previous owners, Ken and Diane Riemer. David and Melissa look to continue the great reputation the Riemer’s created for Buttonwood and are using their experience to create a variety of wines under the Buttonwood Grove Winery label.
Frontenac Point Vineyard – Estate Winery – Jim and Carol Doolittle were New York State Government workers for 11 years, helping to pass the farm-winery bill during their time in Albany. When they were finished with government work they came to Cayuga Lake to start up their own winery. Starting out small they only produced 400 cases in 1982, their first year producing wine. Since, they have grown but have made an effort to stay small, producing 2000-3000 cases of wine a year.
Goose Watch Winery and Vineyard Restaurant – Striving to be unique, Goose Watch Winery produces a number of wines that are not ordinarily found in Finger Lakes wine country. Viognier, Pinot Grigio and Aromella are just a few of the varietals produced at Goose Watch Winery.
Knapp Winery and Vineyard Restaurant – Established in 1984 and purchased by its current owners in 2000, Knapp Winery was the first winery to include a restaurant on Cayuga Lake. Knapp Winery sits on 65 acres of land, 40 of which is cultivated to grow 12 types of grapes.
Long Point Winery – After finding a passion for winemaking from his grandfather and honing his craft in his basement, Gary Barletta and his wife Rosemary opened Long Point Winery in 1999. Focusing on dry red and white wines, Long Point Winery has earned a number of awards.
Lucas Vineyards – In 1974 the Lucas family moved to Interlaken and harvested their first crop of grapes in 1978. They were not content, however, with selling their grapes to other wineries. So, in 1980 they produced their first vintage in a batch of less than 500 cases. Ever since, the Lucas Vineyards name has continued to grow and produce high-quality wines.
Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery – Adjacent to the scenic Montezuma Wildlife Refuge, The Montezuma Winery produces over 30 wines as well as a number of spirits. It all started with honey wines, or mead, however. After all, the owners were bee-keepers for 30 years. They have since moved on to produce high-quality fruit and grape wines in addition to mead.
Ports of New York – Focusing on the production of Meleau, Ports of New York has developed a process to produce a uniquely mellow fine port vinification. Using a mix of honey, New York State Brandy and traditional wine, Ports of New York produces a fortified wine that can be paired with a variety of foods or enjoyed on its own.
Sheldrake Point Winery – In the mid-1980s Sheldrake Point turned from an orchard and dairy farm to a vineyard and winery. Using exclusively grapes grown on their own 44 acre vineyard, Sheldrake Point Winery produces distinctive estate wines.
Swedish Hill Vineyard – Swedish Hill Vineyard is a family run business in its 3rd generation, producing its first 1,200 cases of wine in 1985. The Peterson Family built a tradition of success at Swedish Hill, winning 68 gold medals for 21 wines in 2014 alone.
Thirsty Owl Wine Company – The Thirsty Owl Wine Company sits on 150 acres of land with over 2,000 feet of lakefront property on Cayuga Lake. The Thirsty Owl Wine Company opened its doors in 2002, producing around 1,200 cases of wine. Thirsty Owl Wine Company has since grown over 1000% and has won a number of prestigious awards.
Toro Run Winery – Offering all the beauty of the Finger Lakes with a Spanish Flair, Toro Run Winery planted its first 15,000 vines in 2009. Producing its first batch of wine in 2012, Toro Run wine can be found at their tasting room in Ovid or at a number of restaurants and liquor stores throughout the Finger Lakes.
Treleaven by King Ferry Winery – Focusing on small batches, Peter and Tacie
Saltonstall create award winning wines by creating a top-tier product without sacrificing the quality of their wine in the name of mass production.
Varick Winery & Vineyard – Overlooking Cayuga Lake and the Varick vineyards, the Varick Winery tasting room is located in Romulus about half way up the west side of the lake. Varick Winery & Vineyard also has a cherry orchard and produces fruit jellies that can also be purchased in their tasting room.
Keuka lake is the perfect place for your wine tour holiday, whether your taste is dry or sweet, fruity or austere, their vintages are sure to please.
Meet the winemakers and taste their fabulous wines that are winning world-wide acclaim. The blend of history, diversity and hospitality will make your stay something to remember
The Keuka Lake region is home to the ultimate in history. It was here, in 1860, that the first bonded winery was established. Each winery has their own unique character, incredible wines and breathtaking views you will sure to enjoy
For more information on Keuka Wine Trail wineries and events please call toll free 800.440.4898 or view their website at www.keukawinetrail.com
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Nine wineries call Keuka Lake home in the Finger Lakes. Wineries can be found along the banks of Keuka Lake. The Keuka Lake Wine Trail provides an easy, yet extremely scenic way to navigate your way around the lake.
Bully Hill Vineyards – Quality ingredients are at the very foundation of what makes Bully Hill Vineyards special. Opening at a time when it was commonplace for wineries to dilute their products with concentrate, water and other chemicals Walter S. Taylor had had enough of the deceptive practices of the time. Bully Hill Vineyards has been producing a number of quality wines ever since.
Dr. Konstantin Frank – Founded in 1962, Dr. Frank was a pioneer for grape growing and wine creation in the Finger Lakes. He developed the technique to grow European grapes in the cold climate of the Finger Lakes. Quickly earning a reputation for their Rieslings, Dr. Konstantin Frank has won international awards for several of their wines. These wines and more are available for tasting year-round.
Hunt Country Vineyards – The 170 acres Hunt Country Vineyards sits on has been home to the Hunt family for six generations. Hunt Country Vineyards grows 13 varieties of cold climate grapes and produces 20 rare and distinctive wines.
Heron Hill Winery – Located on a slate hill overlooking Keuka Lake, Heron Hill Winery prides itself on the six varieties of Riesling it produces. You can sample these wines and more in their tasting room that was named one of the 10 most spectacular tasting rooms in the world by Travel & Leisure Magazine.
Keuka Spring Vineyards – Producing a number of red and white wines, Keuka Spring Vineyards boasts one of the best selections of wines in the Finger Lakes. Located three miles south of Penn Yan, you can picnic or shop for regional gifts at the gift shop while you’re at Keuka Spring Vineyards.
Lime Berry Winery – Award winning winemaker, Joe Carroll, uses exclusively New York grapes to produce all of the wines available from Lime Berry Winery. A one room schoolhouse from the 1880’s serves as the tasting room and overlooks Keuka Lake.
McGregor Vineyard – McGregor Vineyard was one of the first to prove the more delicate vinifera grapes could be grown in the Finger Lakes region in spite of the cold winters. Since opening the vineyard in 1971 and their winery in 1980, McGregor Vineyard has produced a variety of wine but is best known for their Black Russian Red wine.
Pleasant Valley Wine Company – Holding the designation U.S. Bonded Winery No.1, the Pleasant Valley Wine Company produces a wide variety of white, red, sparkling and dessert wines. The Pleasant Valley Wine Company is also home of the famous Great Western Winery Visitors Center.
Rooster Hill Vineyards – After leaving their careers in Southern California, Amy and David Hoffman came to Keuka Lake to plant the Savina Estate Vineyard in 2002, yielding its first winemaking fruit in 2004. Amy and David have gone on to grow a number of other vineyards and produce high scoring wines.
Vineyard View Winery – Adam Foltz is a fifth generation grape grower but he didn’t find his passion of winemaking until he found himself in Texas, thanks to his service in the Air Force, where he met a couple who owned a small winery. Foltz started created a plan for his own winery in 2010, putting the plan to action soon after. Now, you can purchase a number of Vineyard View wines.
The finger lakes has a decorated history of award winning wines but other craft beverages are starting to make a splash and garner serious recognition. The Finger Lakes is now home to A number of craft breweries, cideries and distilleries.
Take a look at what we’re brewing and come enjoy a glass or two. For a complete list of events in Finger Lakes region, please visit the event calendar and search by date, price, and location.
1911 Tasting Room at the Apple Hill Campus – Hard cider, gin, vodka and apple wines can be sampled in the 1911 Tasting Room. The 1911 Tasting Room is the culmination of the entire production process, going from tree to bottle under the care of 1911.
Birdland Brewing Company – Founder of Birdland Brewing, Dennis Edwards, has been brewing for his friends and family for over 20 years. Now that he has honed his craft he has opened the Birdland Brewing Company with his wife, Susan. Birdland Brewing has seven flagship craft beers and 12 others they run seasonally.
Black Button Distilling – Learning the value of hard work and putting your best product forward while working in his grandfather’s button factory, Jason Barrett puts the same effort into creating his vodka, gin, moonshine and bourbon. Black Button Distilling is the first grain-to-class distillery in Rochester, NY since prohibition.
CB Craft Brewers – Freshness is always a priority at CB Craft brewers, brewing their beers in the heart of their distribution network. In addition to distributing their beers they always have 26 beers on tap at the CB Craft Brewers facility allowing visitors a variety of craft beers to sample.
Cider Week Finger Lakes – A celebration of locally crafted hard ciders throughout the Finger Lakes, Cider Week is held at various locations throughout the region. This celebration of cider will feature tastings, cider maker dinners, orchard tours and more and different locations during the week.
Climbing Bines Craft Ale Co. – Climbing Bines Craft Ale Co. grows its own hops and sources all other ingredients for their craft beers locally. Climbing Bines is located on the west side of Seneca Lake.
Finger Lakes Distilling – It all started when Brian McKenzie and Thomas Earl McKenzie (no relation) met at a craft distiller’s conference in 2007. They decided to entertwine their perspective skillsets in the Finger Lakes to open
Finger Lakes Distilling. Since opening they have focused on using local ingredients and fine attention to detail to produce a spirited product of the highest possible quality.
Myer Farm Distillers – Using their own organically grown grains, Myer Farm Distillers produces a number of vodkas, whiskeys and gins. Brothers John and Joe Myer work together to produce award winning spirits on the bank of Cayuga Lake.
Nedloh Brewing – Nedloh Brewing honors the New York hop farmer from before prohibition, a time when New York produced almost 90 percent of the hops for the United States. Their 3,500 square foot brewery in East Bloomfield features a tasting room, retail shop and a museum dedicated to hop farming in New York.
Where Should I Stay?
From luxury hotels to campgrounds, there really is something for everyone throughout Finger Lakes. Your perfect accommodation is waiting for you. Whether you are looking for budget-friendly, pet-friendly, or the ultimate in luxury, there is certainly a place that fits your needs. The variety of lodging options and prices are endless and caters to every person and budget. The links below will help you find the perfect place for you to stay.
B & B’s
Staying at a bed and breakfast or inn is a wonderful way to experience the hospitality and charm of the Finger Lakes. Many of these facilities provide a unique combination of beautiful country homes with the added bonus of fantastic personal service.
Take a look at the many options below and find the perfect B & B that works for you.
Bed & Breakfasts
With an abundance of hotel, motels and country inns through out the Finger Lakes, your perfect accommodation is only a click away. Whether you are looking for budget-friendly or the ultimate in luxury, there is certainly a place for everyone. From brand-name hotels to luxurious, privately owned accommodations, the Finger Lakes offers something to meet your needs. Take a look at the many options below and find the perfect accommodation that works for you.
Leave the world behind and relax in one of the Finger Lakes vacation rentals. There’s plenty of budget friendly rental choices through out the Finger Lakes. Many of these properties offer tremendous luxury, home-style convenience along with premium locations at a very reasonable rate. Consider a vacation rental on one of the sparking lakes or maybe that hidden cabin away from everything.