Finger Lakes – #1 Wine Region in the Nation

Whether you live in or have visited the Finger Lakes, you probably agree with most everyone that it is a breathtaking part of the country. However, not only is it beautiful, it has also been nominated as the #1 wine region in the United States, according to a 2018 poll conducted by USA Today’s 10 Best. Check out some of the wineries that contributed to the Finger Lakes nomination as #1 wine region in the nation.

Winery Restaurants

F.L.X. Table / Element Winery – Geneva, N.Y. 

As the leading restaurant in the Finger Lakes, F.L.X. Table at Element Winery provides an intimate and interactive dining experience. With only fourteen seats available, slots fill quickly. So plan ahead and make your reservation early.

Fox Run Cafe at Fox Run Vineyards – Penn Yan, N.Y.

Careful to serve high-quality foods that are in season, the Fox Run Café strives to represent the Finger Lakes region whenever they can. With several menu items, Fox Run staff pair wines with each menu item, carefully focusing on how the flavors complement each other. The café is open seasonally April-December.

Veraisons Restaurant at Glenora Wine Cellars – Dundee, N.Y.

At Veraisons, everything is made from scratch and sourced locally. From the meats, cheese, fruits, vegetables, sauces, bread, and desserts—everything is homegrown in the Finger Lakes region. Veraisons also pays particular attention to diners with food allergies and dietary restrictions, serving vegan and gluten-free dishes.

Winery Tasting Rooms

Fox Run Vineyards – Penn Yan, N.Y.

Taking seventh place for the best wine tasting room is Fox Run Vineyards, according to 10 Best, an affiliate of USA Today. Open year-round, Fox Run invites guests to visit their tasting room and explore all the different wines they have to offer.

Dr. Konstantin Frank – Hammondsport, N.Y.

While guests enjoy complimentary tasting of curated wines, the Dr. Konstantin Frank tasting room offers a beautiful view of Keuka Lake. In addition, guests will be led through five wines as wine educators relay the story of Dr. Konstantin. The tasting room is open year round.

Wine Festival

Finger Lakes Wine Festival – Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Dedicated to showing off what New York has to offer for the wine industry, the Finger Lakes Wine Festival was ranked as the fifth best in America, according to 10 Best. The festival takes place annually between July 13-15, offering numerous opportunities to learn about and taste the best wine and culinary in the state.

Winery Tour

Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard – Dundee, N.Y.

In the heart of the Finger Lakes, Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard overlooks the largest of the lakes in the region—Seneca Lake. Known particularly for their Riesling wine, Wiemer employs meticulous viticulture and strict ecological standards to produce high-quality wines. Take a tour the next time you are in the area.

Where to Experience the Top 5 Winter Activities in the Finger Lakes

By: Zakary Klick

 

Wintertime in the Finger Lakes is a quiet time of year, but it is not without plenty to do. The area has many attractions for winter enthusiasts and all of them have the beautiful Finger Lakes backdrop. The air is crisp, the snowscape stunning, and the silence, serene. Having worked in the region for nearly 25 years, we at Finger Lakes Premier Properties have taken the time to sufficiently compile a list of the top 5 wintertime activities and where best to partake:

 

#5 – Snowshoe the Trails
Finding yourself close to the east side of the Finger Lakes? Snowshoe to the frozen Taughannock Falls near Ithaca along Cayuga Lake! Taughannock Falls is the tallest gorge in NYS with numerous trails. Coupled with the natural beauty of the area, strapping on snowshoes is a fun way to explore the Finger Lakes in the winter! For a guide to more trails throughout the region, visit GoFingerLakes.org.

Vacation Rentals in Close Proximity to Taughannock Falls: Blue Heron Lodge and A Shore Thing

 

#4 – Ice Fishing
Some of the best fishing in the Finger Lakes is in the winter. Keuka Lake, in particular, is famous for this style of fishing, especially for lake trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and landlocked salmon. Despite the shifty winter the last few years, the tip of Keuka Lake (in Penn Yan) typically freezes over for locals to enjoy the winter tradition during the first few months of each year. Book a vacation home along this section of the lake, drop a line, and experience Finger Lakes fishing in icy fashion!

Vacation Rentals on the tip of Keuka Lake (Penn Yan):  Cedar Lodge and Brandy Bay Serenity

 

#3 – Experience 2300 Degrees
Experience one of the most popular events at the Corning Museum of Glass. At 2300 Degrees you’ll be impressed with hot glass shows, live music, local wineries and brewery tastings, meet & greets with the artists, and more! This event is held on the third Thursday of each month, November through March, click here for more details.

Vacation Rentals near the Corning Museum of Glass: Seneca Fun & Sun and Absolutely Shore

 

#2 – Sip & Savor
Our region is home to over 100 wineries and breweries, and the winter happens to be one of the best times to get the complete tasting experience. With reduced traffic during the colder months, don’t be surprised if the person pouring your samples is the owner and winemaker. Take advantage of their extra attention by asking them about their favorite wines and places to visit. You’re sure to get some terrific local recommendations. To plan your winter wine tour, check out the local wine trails: Keuka Lake Wine Trail, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.

Vacation Rentals with Close Proximity to Wineries: Crystal Palace and Sails and Sunsets

 

#1 – Shred
If you love to ski and snowboard, a visit to Bristol Mountain Winter Resort is a must-stop with 138 acres featuring 35 slopes. Or, if you’re looking to try something new, book a private class or lessons with their seasoned experts. Great for all ages!

Vacation Rentals near Bristol Mountain Winter Resort:  Family Affair and South Bristol Cottages

 

If you have any other winter-oriented recommendations of your own, let us know at marketing@flpplake.com.

To visit more properties for your winter vacation, visit our web page.