Nestled in a bucolic valley, a mile southwest of Hammondsport, is the Pleasant Valley Wine Company, home of the world-famous Great Western Winery Visitor Center. Established in 1860, the winery proudly displays the designation U.S. Bonded Winery No.1 and has eight remarkable stone buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The winery retains the original integrity of an old-world winery with caves carved deep into the valley's hillside; it's an architectural materpiece nestled in the heart of the spectacular Finger Lakes Region of New York State.
The Great Western Winery Visitor Center is the most comprehensive center of its kind in the world; it's fun for the entire family and a great learning experience.
Browse among historical artifacts covering over 140 years of Finger Lakes winemaking and grape growing expertise. You'll see an extraordinary working model of the Bath and Hammondsport Railroad, "The Champagne Trail," intricately detailed with over 168 feet of track and 28 switches. Visit our cooper's shop, featuring authentic wine casks and barrels, cooper tools and equipment.Visitor Center hours: 10-5 daily from April thru December; 10-4 Tuesday thru Saturday from January thru March. Closed New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas.
Tour hours: Tours take about 45 minutes and leave periodically starting at approximately 10:45 am with the last tour departing at approximately 3 pm.
Guided Tours are $5 per person. Wine tastings are free as are self-guided tours through the the world-renowned Great Western Winery Visitor Center which includes historic exhibits, winemaking displays, a working model of the B&H Railroad and a unique Theatre-in-a-Wine-Tank. Group and bus tours call toll-free 877/662-8833 or 607/569-6111 or email email@example.com for reservation and group rate information.
Our tour includes visits to magnificent stone winery buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dating back to the 1860's.