Visiting wineries is one of the most popular activities for visitors todo in the Finger Lakes. They offer the opportunity to taste fine wines in the second-largest wine-growing region in the country, with over 130 wineries within a one-hour drive radius. Many wineries also offer cellar tours, vineyard tours, cafes and restaurants, picnic areas, art galleries, and unique wine and gift shops.
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!
Known for producing the finest dry red and white wines, Long Point Winery has collected numerous awards for wines such as, red Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Dry Riesling.
From the first sip to your last look at the lake, the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail will impress and inspire you. We call it America’s First Wine Trail, but you truly choose your own path when you visit the wineries, soak in the scenery and make memorable moments with friends and family.
Fulkerson Winery is family owned and operated by 6th & 7th generation farmers that was established in 1989. Our vineyards and tasting room are located in Dundee, NY on the west side of?Seneca Lake, nestled in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country. What started as a fresh grape juice plant in 1979 sprouted into a destination for many. Without our roots and deep history that got us here, we wouldn't be where we are today!
Winery of the Year, Keuka Spring Vineyards is also a two-time winner of both the Governor’s Cup for best New York State wine and Best White Wine in America. They have been producing premium wines since 1985. Owners Len and Judy Wiltberger warmly invite you to their tasting room overlooking the east side of Keuka Lake at 243 Route 54, East Lake Road, Penn Yan. For more information or to order their wines, please visit KeukaSpringWinery.com, or contact the winery at 315-536-3147.
In 1988, after nearly 37 years of growing and selling grapes, the Stamp family founded Lakewood Vineyards winery and began producing wines from their sprawling lakeside vineyards. Starting with 7 varieties of wine, made from estate grown grapes, Lakewood Vineyards winery opened for wine tasting and sales June 10, 1989.
Ravines Wine Cellars rests in the heart of Finger Lakes wine country, dedicated to the craft of old world style dry wines.
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The Tasting Bar(n) is home to a café which serves tapas-style snacks as well as brunch and lunch items focusing on pairings with the highest quality wines produced in the Finger Lakes and sustainably sourcing many of its ingredients from the animals raised and produce grown on the pastures and fields of the 76 acre farm upon which the Bar(n) sits. Offering a true farm to table experience.
Five generations of the Wagner family have grown grapes on the eastern slope of Wagner Vineyards. Visit our unique octagonal winery and impressive gift shop for a guided tour and tasting. Wagner produces over 30 wines, including sparkling, dessert wines and grape juice. Try a tasting of our many award winning world-class wines! Be sure to also visit our craft brewery, Wagner Valley Brewing Co.; and restaurant/event facility, The Ginny Lee Cafe.
Winery & Brewery are open daily 10-5, Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Please note: We require reservations for any size groups arriving by chauferred transport vehicle (bus, limo, van, etc) and for any other groups of 8 or more.