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Finger Lakes wine tour: Seneca Lake wineries

Seneca has the most wineries and visitors should consider making it their hub. For a comprehensive, enjoyable tour, try all or any of the 17 estates below.

Riesling is the key focus at these wineries, but don’t miss out trying the other varieties listed – especially single-vineyard wines. Some tastings may incur a fee but it will be redeemable on wine purchase.

From Watkins Glen, driving north on Seneca’s east side:

Atwater – Blaufränkisch, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris. Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 10 – 5pm, Friday & Saturday 10 – 5pm, Wine tasting 5- 7.30pm, Sunday 11 – 5pm.  info@atwaterVineyards.com

Finger Lakes Wine Tour, Atwater Finger Lakes,

Atwater

Chateau LaFayette ReneauChardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Seyval Blanc-Chardonnay. Opening hours: June – November: Monday through Sunday – 10 – 6:00pm. December – May: Monday through Sunday – 10 – 5:00pm. www.clrwine.com/Contact-Us.
Red Newt  – Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris. Open daily 10 – 5pm. 607-546-4100
Hazlitt 1852 – Grüvee sparkling wine, Pinot Gris, Red Cat (hugely popular), Vidal Blanc ice wine. Opening hours: November 1-May 31: Monday – Saturday 10am- 5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. June 1-October 31: Monday-Saturday 10am-5:30pm, Sunday 11am-5:30pm. hazlitt1852.com/locations/hector-ny
Standing Stone –  Gewürztraminer, Saperavi (a red Georgian grape). Winery hours: Daily 11 – 5pm. For visiting experiences, book here.
Silver Thread – Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir. Tasting room hours: 11 – 5pm, days vary on time of year. Appointment only in January – February. More here. 
Wagner – Delaware, Gewürztraminer, Melody, Niagara. Opening hours: 10 – 5pm, guided tours available.

Finger Lakes Wine Tour, Lamoreaux Finger Lakes,

Lamoreaux. Credit: Lamoreaux Facebook

Lamoreaux LandingCabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer. Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10 – 5pm. Sunday 12 – 5pm. Contact here.

From Geneva, driving south on Seneca’s west side:

Ravines – Cabernet Franc, Gewürztraminer. Opening hours: 10 – 5pm info@ravineswine.com
Billsboro –  Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Syrah. Opening hours: January – April : Wednesday – Sunday 11 – 5 pm,  May – December: Daily  11 – 5 pm

Finger Lakes wine tour, Billsboro

Billsboro. Credit: www.billsborowinery.com

Fox Run – Blanc de Blancs, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-6pm
Red Tail Ridge – Blaufränkisch, Chardonnay, Dornfelder, Teroldego. Opening hours: Monday through Saturday: 10 – 5 pm, Sunday: 11- 5pm.
Kemmeter – A small promising all-Riesling house founded by a German immigrant. Opening hours: By appointment from Thursday to Saturday 1:30 to 5:30 pm.
Anthony Road –  Chardonnay, Vignoles, rosé. Opening hours: Mon – Sat 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm. Contact here.
Hermann J Wiemer – Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Grüner Veltliner, Blanc de Noir, Cuvée Brut, Blanc de Blanc. Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 5:00pm,  Sunday 11  – 5:00pm.

Finger Lakes wine tour, Wiemer

Wiemer. Credit: Wiemer.com

Glenora – Brut, Pinot Blanc, Cayuga White, Gewürztraminer, Vidal ice wine. Opening daily in summer months: 9 – 8 pm, reduced hours rest of year. Find here.
Lakewood – Blanc de Noir, Cabernet Franc, Catawba, Valvin Muscat, Vignoles. Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 5:00 pm, Sunday: 12 – 5:00 pm. More here.

For more information, visit: www.newyorkwines.org, www.fingerlakes.org, www.fingerlakeswinecountry.com

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