Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York is home to more than 100 wineries, breweries and distilleries centered around Keuka, Seneca, and Cayuga Lakes. In addition, many of the beverage producers are also members of their respective wine and beers trails which host year-round wine and food event weekend events.
The Finger Lakes is a world-class wine producing region that specializes in aromatic white varieties like Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Throughout May the region celebrates with a "Wine Month" promotion with special older vintage and new release tastings, and tasting room only promotions. And of late, the region is also finding exciting success with cool-climate reds like Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir. The terroir of the Finger Lakes is special because of the microclimate created by the lakes; extreme cold weather in the winter is avoided and warm; sales and limestone glace soils; and breezy days during the summer help ripen the grapes.
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What is the Finger Lakes wine tasting experience ?
Wine tasting in Finger Lakes Wine Country is a world-class experience in a quaint and charming atmosphere. Most wineries have a small tasting fee—averaging at $2 - $5 per person—which is often refunded with a purchase of wine. Most of the wineries are open year-round, though during the winter some do close for the season or have limited visiting hours. Unlike in other wine destinations, like Napa Valley, tasting appointments are not needed though more wineries are beginning to offer vineyard and winery tours that do require advance reservation. It is always helpful to check ahead with the wineries you plan on visiting for special events and promotions.
Wine Events at Wineries and along the Wine Trails
There are many events centered on wine and food tasting in Finger Lakes Wine Country throughout the year. From themed wine trail events along the Canandaigua, Cayuga, Seneca, and Keuka Lake Wine Trails to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, one of the largest wine festivals in the country, held every July on the grounds of Watkins Glen International, there is something for everyone. For a complete list of wine events in the Finger Lakes visit our event calendar and search by date, price, and location.
What Types of Wines are Produced in the Finger Lakes?
The wines of the Finger Lakes are produced in a range of styles from dry, crisp early harvest whites to full-bodied dry reds to sweet and fruity blush wines. We like to say "there is a wine for everyone" in the Finger Lakes!
Look for Vinifera varieties such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lemberger, Pinot Noir and Merlot during your tastings. Also many wineries pour sweeter wines made from Native and hybrid varietals like Cayuga White, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc and Traminette.
Discover Beer and Distilled Spirits
In the past few years there has been a strong surgence in the opening of micro-breweries and distillers in the Finger Lakes. Discover more >