Finger Lakes Wineries
The Finger Lakes region has a grape-growing and winemaking history dating back to the 1860's. It is one of America's oldest commercial wine regions, and is home to native, French-American, and vinifera (European) varietals, with a wine industry that is growing and expanding every day! This area has been so successful with grape growing due to its unique microclimate. 10,000 years ago Ice Age glaciers carved and sculpted this beautiful land, leaving behind gentle rolling hills and deep valleys, some of which became the Finger Lakes. The air around the lakes is softer and milder, keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, enough to give the grapes an ideal growing climate, much like the fine wine regions of France and Germany. Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc are some of the top varieties grown here.
Wineries around Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga have organized wine " trails" with their own brochures, special events, and other activities to conveniently welcome visitors. You'll need a car, or a driver, to get you around in wine country. The majority of wineries are located on the roads that ring the lakes, but some are off smaller roads, and even dirt roads in some cases. They are very well marked however, and if you just look for the grape signs, you'll find them!
Learn more about our Finger Lakes wine trails: