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.
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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.