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Decanter travel guide: Finger Lakes, New York

A hidden gem of a wine region with stunning scenery, down-to earth hospitality, diverse outdoor activities – and plenty to eat and drink, says Howard G Goldberg. Published in the June 2011 issue.

Finger Lakes: Six of the best wine estates to visit

Dr Konstantin Frank – Hammondsport
Named for its founder, a viticulturist who emigrated from Ukraine, this Keuka Lake estate, founded in 1962, proved classic European grapes planted on proper rootstock could flourish in this coolclimate region. www.drfrankwines.com

Hermann J Wiemer – Dundee
When Wiemer, from Bernkastel, on Germany’s Mosel, began planting Riesling in 1976, its future as the region’s signature white was sealed. Chardonnay and sparklers are also strong suits. www.wiemer.com

Heron Hill – Hammondsport
A barrel-vaulted tasting room atop a high hill over Keuka suggests that heavy-duty capital nurtured this estate, which enjoys a steadily rising reputation. Try the Ingle Vineyard Rieslings. www.heronhill.com

Lamoreaux Landing – Lodi
The Greek Revival buildings here, named after a 19th-century steamboat dock, yield a spectacular 40km lake vista. Owner Mark J Wagner’s is the fourth generation of his family in the Seneca’s grape business. www.lamoreauxwine.com

Red Newt – Hector
David Whiting’s Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Cabernet Franc win steady praise. So does the house’s friendly bistro, one of Seneca’s favourite eating places, run by locavore chef Debra Whiting. www.rednewt.com

Sheldrake Point – Ovid
This pretty estate on Cayuga’s western shore features an ornamental garden and the popular dockside Simply Red Bistro. The sweet-toothed visitors love the winery’s Riesling ice wine. www.sheldrakepoint.com

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