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Finger Lakes Wine Varieties You Need to Try

From the rolling hills of vines to the long and wispy lakes, the Finger Lakes is one of the best New York vacation destinations. One of its most unique traits is its beautiful wine trails. You can explore the Finger Lakes wine varieties when you travel the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, or Keuka Lake Wine Trail. On these trails, you’re likely to come across wine varieties like riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet franc, French-American, and Native American varietals.

But, before you hit the trails, you can start planning your wine-lovers’ getaway with our free Vacation Guide. We’ve put together the ultimate vacation-planning tool to help you create an itinerary full of the best attractions, outdoor activities, shopping, entertainment, and restaurants in the Finger Lakes region.

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Finger Lakes Wine Varieties

European Varieties

The Finger Lakes wine country is known for its vast selection of riesling and chardonnay wine. Vitis Vinifera grapes are plentiful in the region of upstate New York and usually become dry or semi-dry wines.

European Varieties Include:

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Gamay
  • Lemberger
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Chardonnay
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Riesling

Native American Varieties

Sparkling wines are top-rated on our wine trails. If you’re familiar with the history of the Finger Lakes and the names of all of our lakes, it’s no surprise that we have fantastic Native American varietals. The majority of these wines have a strong grape flavor and aroma.

Native American Varieties Include:

  • Catawba
  • Concord
  • Isabella
  • Vincent
  • Delaware
  • Diamond
  • Niagara

French American Varieties

In contrast to the Native American types, French American varieties have less of a grape flavor. Many of the red wine varietals have a peppery flavor, while many of the white wines have a fruity flavor and floral aroma.

French American Hybrid Varieties Include:

  • Baco Noir
  • Chambourcin
  • Chancellor
  • Dechaunac
  • Marechal Foch
  • Rougeon
  • Cayuga White
  • Melody
  • Seyval Blanc
  • Vidal Blanc
  • Vignoles
  • Traminette

Wineries, Vineyards, and Tasting Rooms

Lakewood Vineyards

Lakewood Vineyards in Watkins Glen is a stand-out vineyard on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. This family-owned business has been growing grapes along Seneca Lake since 1952. You can take a guided tour and tasting, or bring a large group to their Wine Cellar Tasting room for flights of wine. 

Fox Run Vineyards

Discover Fox Run Vineyards, an award-winning wine lovers attraction, along Seneca Lake. You can take a detailed tour of the winery and vineyards, or visit in August for the Glorious Garlic Festival for food, wine, and live music!

Un-wined in the Best Finger Lakes Vacation Rentals

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Finger Lakes Premier Properties offers stunning lake homes spread throughout the Finger Lakes Region. That way, you can choose the vacation rental that best suits your style, or stay near the FLX attractions that interest you the most! Heron House is in the heart of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and can accommodate eight people. This gorgeous home has impressive views of the lake, as well as phenomenal amenities. Tell stories around the fire pit or let the kids release their energy on the pirate ship playground. It’s the perfect setting for your family vacation. If you’re ready to book your lake-cation, check our availability and reserve your getaway today!

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