Finger Lake Wineries

Finger Lakes wine varieties.

The Finger Lake wineries are sometimes forgotten when great wines are being discussed.

Finger Lake Wineries

It is normal for people to think only of Napa or Sonoma Valley in California instead of great wines coming from New York. This region has a lot to offer the wine connoisseur, from delicious ice wines to Cabernet Sauvignon. If you're looking to uncork New York, this area is the perfect place to begin!

The Finger Lakes encompasses a large region in upstate, New York. It includes 11 lakes of varying lengths. The majority of the wineries in this region are found along the three largest lakes: Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga.

If you plan on visiting the wineries in this region, visit one lake at a time. The wineries are located up and down these lakes on both sides. It can take a day or two to visit all of the wineries on each lake.

Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Keuka Lake has some of the oldest wineries in the region. The first Vinifera vines were planted here in 1860. The breath-taking views along with some world-class restaurants make it hard to rush through visiting the various wineries. Along this trail expect to find Reisling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewurtztraminer, Rkatsitelli, sparkling and ice wines.

The wineries along this 18-mile lake include:

  • Barrington Cellars and Buzzard Crest Vineyards
  • Bully Hill Winery
  • Chateau Renaissance
  • Crooked Lake Winery
  • Dr. Konstantin Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellar - known to the locals as simply Dr. Frank's
  • Four Chimneys Organic Wines
  • Heron Hill Winery
  • Keuka Overlook Wine Cellars
  • Keuka Spring Vineyards
  • McGregor Vineyard Winery
  • Pleasant Valley Wine Company
  • Ravines Wine Cellars
  • Rooster Hill Vineyards
  • Stever Hill Vineyards
  • Hunt Country Vineyards
  • Yates Cellars

Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Seneca Lake is one of the busiest areas for making wine and growing grapes. There are over 30 wineries on this 36-mile long lake as well as a large selection of antique stores and fabulous restaurants. This area is known for its Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc wines and honey meads.

Wineries to visit on this trail include:

  • Anthony Road Wine Cellars
  • Arcadian Estate Winery
  • Atwater Estate Vineyards
  • Belhurst Winery
  • Bloomer Creek Vineyard
  • Cascata Winery at The Professors' Place
  • Castel Grisch Winery
  • Catharine Valley Winery
  • Caywood Vineyards
  • Chateau LaFayette Reneau Winery and Inn
  • Earle Estates Winery & Meadery
  • Fox Run Vineyards
  • Fulkerson Winery
  • Glenora Wine Cellars
  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
  • Hickory Hollow and Highland Wine Cellars
  • Lakewood Vineyards
  • Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
  • Leidenfrost Vineyards
  • Miles Wine Cellars
  • Passion Feet Vineyard & Wine Barn
  • Penguin Bay Winery & Champagne House
  • Prejean Winery
  • Red Newt Cellars
  • Red Tail Ridge Winery
  • Rock Stream Vineyards
  • Rogue's Hollow Winery
  • Seneca Shore Wine Cellars
  • Stony Lonesome Wine Cellars
  • Tickle Hill Winery
  • Torrey Ridge Winery
  • Ventosa Vineyards
  • Villa Bellangelo
  • Wagner Vineyards and Brewing Company
  • White Springs Winery

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Cayuga Lake is the longest lake in the region, covering 38.2 miles. Along this trail you'll find 15 wineries, one meadery and one cidery, enough for at least two days of touring. It is the oldest wine trail in America. Throughout the year you'll find many ways to enjoy wine tasting along this trail, from Mardi Gras in February through the well attended "Holiday Shopping Spree" in November.

Wineries along this trail include:

  • Americana Vineyards
  • Bellwether Hard Cider
  • Buttonwood Grove Winery
  • Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery
  • Cobblestone Farm Winery and Vineyard
  • Goose Watch Winery
  • Hosmer Winery
  • King Ferry Winery
  • Knapp Vineyards
  • Long Point Winery
  • Lucas Vineyards
  • Montezuma Winery
  • Sheldrake Point Vineyard
  • Six Mile Creek Vineyard
  • Swedish Hill Vineyard
  • Thirsty Owl Wine Company

Visiting this area will require a little advanced planning, if for no other reason than to hire a limousine driver for the wine tastings! There are many bed and breakfasts as well as hotels and motels along these lakes offering accommodations to suit anyone's needs. With so many activities and wineries to choose from during the year, visit the official Finger Lakes Wine Country website to plan your itinerary for your trip into New York's wine region!

Finger Lake Wineries