Finger Lakes wine country in New York is home to more than 100 wineries and breweries. Some Finger Lakes Wineries, however, rise to the level of the best wineries in the region. Those recommended below have been culled as top wineries from publications, travel websites, and blogs such as Food & Wine, US News & World Reports, Trip Advisor, Yelp, USA Today, Wine Traveler, Travel+Leisure, American Winery Guide, and Food Network.
1. Hermann J. Wiemer
Located in Dundee, NY at 3962 NY-14, Hermann J. Wiemer winery not only receives good critics' ratings for its wines, but bloggers and publications mention it as the place to visit more frequently than any other winery in the Finger Lakes region. The winery is open daily with public and private tastings available. Contact the winery at 607-243-7971 for more information.
2. Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars
Dr. Konstantin Frank is an important figure in the Finger Lakes Region. His research and techniques informed a new generation of winemakers in the region about how best to grow European wine grapes in the Finger Lakes region. With its history and ongoing commitment to the quality of wines and guest services, Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars is often the first winery mentioned on top Finger Lakes wineries lists. The winery is located at 9749 Middle Road in Hammondsport and is open daily for tastings and tours. Several private and public wine tasting experiences are available starting at $10 per person.
3. Ravines Wine Cellars
Ravines Wine Cellars, located in Geneva at 400 Barracks Road, the winery is in a lovely restored barn. Visitors who have reviewed the winery praise the wines and the knowledgeable staff, and many bloggers recommend Ravines as a must-visit when you're in the Finger Lakes Region. Contact the winery to inquire about tasting experiences.
4. Heron Hill Winery
Travel+Leisure chose Heron Hill Winery as one of the top 10 in the world's most spectacular wineries. The winery has multiple tasting rooms including in the winery on Keuka Lake, Canandaigua Lake, and Seneca Lake. The winery itself is located in Hammondsport at 9301 County Route 76. Email the winery for information about available tastings and experiences.
5. Sheldrake Point Winery
Sheldrake Point Winery is open daily and located in Ovid at 7448 County Road 153. Visitors rave about the large and attractive tasting room with lake views and the affordable tastings. Visitors can also access the winery by boat, which is a fun way to visit Sheldrake Point. Tastings start at $5.
6. Heart & Hands Wine Company
When visitors review Heart & Hands Wine Company, they praise the service and experience they receive at the small winery. Employees are knowledgeable and dedicated to sharing their passion for wine. The winery is located at 4162 NY-90 in Union Springs. Open only Friday through Sunday, walk-in and reserved tastings are available starting at $5 per flight.
7. Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
With beautiful views of Seneca Lake, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars is a newer winery in the Finger Lakes Region. The wines are well-received by critics, and visitors enjoy the bright and airy tasting room. The winery offers several tasting experiences including food and wine pairing activities. The winery is open daily, and tastings start at $5. You'll find Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars in Lodi at 9224 NY-414.
8. Hazlitt 1852 Cellars
In 2008, Wine Enthusiast voted Hazlitt 1852 Cellars one of the Top 25 Tasting Rooms in the US. Visitors love the casual and fun atmosphere as they sip on Hazlitt's wines. Located in Hector at 5712 NY-414, Hazlitt is open daily for tours and tastings. Tasting fees start at $5, and you can sample up to 6 wines and ciders.
9. Boundary Breaks Winery
Boundary Breaks Winery is located in Lodi at 1568 Porter Covert Road. The winery receives rave reviews from visitors, especially because of its dog-friendly nature (there's a dog park!). Visitors also love the Riesling wines and the friendly, knowledgeable staff. Boundary Breaks is open daily, and the tasting fees start at $5.
10. Fox Run Vineyards
Fox Run Vineyards' motto is Drink wine. Be happy. The winery lives up to that in the accessible wines they produce and the friendly atmosphere at the winery. The winery is open daily, and tastings start at $8. There's also an on site restaurant. The winery is located at 670 NY-14 in Penn Yan.
4 Honorable Mentions for Top Finger Lakes Wineries
The following wineries also receive a lot of love from visitors and critics alike.
- Keuka Lake Vineyards is located in Hammondsport at 8882 County Route 76. The winery is open Thursday through Monday, and tastings start at $5.
- Lakewood Vineyards in Watkins Glen is located at 4024 NY-14. Tours and tastings are available starting at $5, and the winery is open daily.
- Wagner Vineyards is located in Lodi at 9322, NY-414. The winery is open daily and offers tastings and experiences starting at $5.
- Billsboro Winery in Geneva is located at 4760 W Lake Road. The winery is open daily. Tastings are available, and the winery is dog friendly.
Visit the Best Wineries in Finger Lakes
The Finger Lakes region has been getting a lot of love recently from visitors, critics, and the press. And when you visit these top Finger Lakes wineries, you'll see exactly what the buzz is all about. So the next time you're in the Finger Lakes region, check out some wine and find your favorite winery.