Fast Facts

Finger Lakes Wine Country is one of the most affordable and beautiful wine country destinations in North America with three wine trails, more than 100 wineries, over 200 accommodations, and more than 400 unique things to do including shopping and dining experiences, world-class museums, and a local culture that is both warm and welcoming.  The region is a short drive, ranging from three to five hours, from most major cities in the Northeast including: Boston, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Toronto. 

The Finger Lakes AVA (American Viticultural Area)

The Finger Lakes region contains over 100 wineries and is a source of world-class cool climate wines, particularly Riesling.  Quality factors include vineyards that slope down to deep, glaciated lakes, providing a favorable micro climate and soils for the growth of premium vinifera wine grapes.  These same lakes and hillsides provide the beautiful vistas of the Finger Lakes region that attract visitors in growing numbers. Get more facts and figures about the Finger Lakes AVA by visiting FingerLakesWineAlliance.com.

Awards & Accolades

Top 10 Worldwide Wine Destination, Wine Enthusiast

Top Wine Destination in the U.S., TripAdvisor.com

Top Wine Destination in the U.S., TripAdvisor.com

Top Wine Destination in the U.S., TripAdvisor.com

Home to America’s Most Fun Small Town, Corning, Rand McNally

Home to America’s Coolest Small Town, Hammondsport, Budget Travel

World’s Most Beautiful Wine Region, Budget Travel

 

Featured Attractions

 

The Corning Museum of Glass

Expanded in March 2015, The Corning Museum of Glass is home to the largest glass collection in the world, containing glass artistry spanning 35 centuries, many interactive experiences, and free admission to kids and teens 17 and under; making the museum very family-friendly. It holds its very own glass Innovation Center where families can interact and experience hands-on science and technology exhibits. The Museum also offers live hot glassmaking and flameworking shows each day as well as opportunities to work with glass yourself during a Make Your Own Glass experience at The Studio. In March 2015, the Museum debuted a $64 million, 100,000-square-foot wing that features a daylight-filled 26,000-square-foot contemporary art gallery, and a 500-seat theater for live glassblowing demonstrations set in the footprint of the former Steuben Glass factory.
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The Rockwell Museum

Explore art about the American experience – visitors to The Rockwell Museum connect and reflect on the story of America and the migration west through the eyes of American artists. The diverse collection of original American masterpieces includes a mix of contemporary Native American art alongside traditional bronze sculptures, landscape paintings, and more. The Rockwell is named for the founding collectors, Bob and Hertha Rockwell, local business owners who amassed an incredible collection of American art and artifacts. Kids and teens (17 and under) are always free – Art Hunts and the Family Exploration Studio make The Rockwell the perfect destination for all ages. Upgrade your experience to include a combination ticket with the Corning Museum of Glass.
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Watkins Glen International

Located within five (5) hours (~300 miles) of 25% of the US population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, recently voted "Best NASCAR Track" by readers of USA Today. In addition to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship events, The Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan Cheese returns to WGI each summer.
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Finger Lakes Wine Trails

 

Seneca Lake Wine Trail

In 1986 the Seneca Lake Wine Trail was formed in the heart of New York State’s Finger Lakes region to attract more visitors to experience its rich history, beauty, and production of world-class wines. Today, Seneca Lake Wine Trail is the largest and most active wine trail in New York State with a community of over 35 wineries, a distillery, two breweries and a meadery.  Working with more than 80 local businesses, four area Chamber of Commerce’s, several tourism and regional organizations, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail has become a nationally and internationally recognized wine appellation rivaling the wine regions of California and Europe.
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Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Discover the sights and savors of America’s first organized and longest running wine trail. With 16 member wineries, including a cidery, a meadery, 4 distilleries and a brewery, there’s something for everybody. The steep, glacially carved lakesides generate the ultimate microclimate for grape growing here in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region of New York. Each stop along the Trail has its own unique products and characteristics that create an exceptional experience. The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail offers a variety that is unmatched in wine touring and tasting...Nowhere else will travelers experience such a multitude of premium wines, attractions, comfortable lodgings, fine restaurants, friendly people, and splendid scenery.
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Keuka Lake Wine Trail

At the heart of the Finger Lakes lies Keuka Lake, whose spectacular beauty and glacially-deposited soils inspired early grape cultivation and the birth of America’s wine industry in 1860. The eight member wineries of the Keuka Lake Wine Trail craft some of the world’s most beautifully balanced and vibrant wines, and take equal pride in the warmth of their hospitality. As the Trail celebrates 30 Years, experience a truly memorable getaway. Visit anytime – many wineries are open daily, year round – or join one of their signature events. Member wineries: Ravines Wine Cellars, McGregor Vineyard, Barrington Cellars, Keuka Spring Vineyards, Heron Hill Winery, Point of the Bluff Vineyards, Hunt Country Vineyards, Vineyard View Winery. 
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Featured Wineries

 

CK Cellars

The CK Cellars family invites you to enjoy beautiful panoramic views of Seneca Lake while you discover our wide variety of fermented wines, meads and hard ciders. Located on one campus, CK Cellars is home to Torrey Ridge Winery, Earle Estates Meadery, Earle Estates Fruit and Specialty Wines, The WortHog Cidery and soon CuKi Fine Wines. Taste through our dynamic, award-winning wine list and bring your own tasting palette because a “good wind is a wine you like”.TM  Join us half way up Seneca’s west shore in the Finger Lakes to find your wine.

 

Fulkerson Winery

Visitors to Fulkerson Winery will find a family owned and operated winery and fresh juice plant in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country. With 7 generations of family farming we continue the tradition with over 25 varieties of wine year round and over 30 varieties of fresh grape juice in the fall with a full line of home wine making and brewing supplies. For a more intimate tasting experience, we offer wine pairings in our loft with select wines along with NY State cheeses or artisan style chocolates. For those that prefer a relaxing stay, we would love to have you enjoy our 130 year old family farmhouse! Our vacation rental is offered on a nightly or weekly basis throughout the year.
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Glenora Wine Cellars

Glenora Wine Cellars, a pioneer in the renaissance of the Finger Lakes wine industry, has been producing award winning high quality wines for over 34 years. In 1977 Glenora Wine Cellars was the first winery to open on Seneca Lake, in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Country. Today the property offers a 30-room inn (Inn at Glenora) and a gourmet restaurant (Veraisons) joining the winery on the beautifully groomed 40-acre estate.
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Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards

Located on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards was established in 1985, by our late founders Jerry and Elaine Hazlitt.  Our family has been growing grapes and orchard fruits for a living since 1852.  The winery and vineyards are now managed by sixth generation brother and sister, Doug Hazlitt and Leigh Hazlitt Triner.  We are known for our award-winning Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Gewurztraminer and is also home to the world famous Red Cat, the original sweet red wine. Innovative and progressive vineyard management, state of the art production facilities and a forward thinking staff remain key elements in fostering the growing national interest in Hazlitt wines.  One of the Top 25 Tasting Rooms in the United States according to Wine Enthusiast magazine, the tasting room, including the famous horseshoe bar, provides a relaxing visit for those who enjoy their wine with stories, jokes, and smiles.  This casual approach affords visitors an opportunity to spend a little more time learning about wine in an informal atmosphere without intimidation.
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Wagner Vineyards

Wagner Vineyards was established in 1979, making it the first winery on the east side of Seneca Lake to open their doors. An estate winery, the Wagner family has grown grapes in this area for more than 100 years and are now in their fifth generation of growers on the farm.  Winemaker, Ann Raffetto, began with Wagner Vineyards in 1982, making her the first female winemaker at a Farm Winery in the Finger Lakes. The world class wines produced at Wagner Vineyards are a result of the vast experience and tight knit relationship between grape growers and winemaker.
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Castel Grisch Winery

Situated atop a beatiful hillside with sweeping views of Seneca Lake, Castel Grisch Winery is a celebration of wine, food, and friends. Founded by a Swiss family and developed at this location because of the similarities to their native country, the management and staff carry on the founders’ traditions of coonsistency and affordable quality. A commitment to excellence continues with fine estate-produced wines and tastefully distinct cuisine.
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Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars

Exceptional wines are a natural expression of the site on which they are grown – for over twenty years, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars has dedicated their winemaking practices to a philosophy of collaboration with the environment. They have meticulously managed twenty estate vineyard blocks through the application of sustainable agricultural practices. Their philosophy is continued in the cellar, with the use of winemaking techniques that truly express the cool-climate, glacier-carved Finger Lakes region. Craftsmanship, passion and commitment are evident in their wide selection of well-balanced wines, each crafted in a spirit of exploring the wine and food experience. Open year-round, Lamoreaux Landing invites visitors to take in the captivating lake and vineyard views while enjoying a taste of their award winning wines.
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Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars

Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars is among the most prestigious and historic wineries in the Finger Lakes.  The winery’s founder, Dr. Konstantin Frank, pioneered the introduction of Vinifera (noble European grapes) to the Finger Lakes in the 1960’s forever changing the course of winemaking in the region.  Now in its fourth generation, Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars is known for its award-winning Rieslings, Gewürztraminer, Grüner Veltliner, Rkatsiteli, Pinot Noir, sparkling wines and more.  Dr. Frank’s tasting room staff is among the most wine educated in the region, which makes for an informative and enjoyable wine tasting.  In addition to the wonderful wines at Dr. Frank’s, visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of Keuka Lake and some of the oldest Vinifera vines in the United States.
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Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard

Hermann J. Wiemer is regarded as one of the pioneers of viticulture and winemaking in the Finger Lakes. The estate grown wines are established from traditions of excellence and have a nationwide reputation for creating exceptionally lush, crisp and well-balanced wines. The winery produces approximately 12,000 cases each year and uses specialized processes that pay homage to the ancient winemaking tradition of Hermann's ancestry while incorporating the best of modern practices.
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Ravines Wine Cellars

Trained in France, Ravines’ Owner/Winemaker, Morten Hallgren is known for producing terroir-driven, dry and mineral-tinged wines. Dry Riesling (3 times on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 List), expressive red wines & hand-riddled sparkling wines are amongst the region’s finest. A seasonal farm-to-table eatery (The Ravinous Kitchen), freshly baked wine crackers, farmstead cheeses, artisan chocolates & local specialty foods makes Ravines a mecca for wine & food lovers. 
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Standing Stone Vineyards

Since 1991 Standing Stone Vineyards' owners Marti and Tom Macinski have worked to create a gorgeous atmosphere for family and friends to explore the world-class wines of the Finger Lakes. Located on the east side of Seneca Lake the site has proved ideal for growing and harvesting premium Vinifera grape varieties. We are a small boutique winery producing a selection of award-winning wines, including our Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Saperavi, and Ice style wines. We offer tasting flights, personalized barrel tours, cheese pairings, vertical tastings, and other events throughout the year. Come enjoy our wines and drink up the view!
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Swedish Hill Winery

Swedish Hill is consistently one of the top award-winning wineries of the region, twice awarded the 2015 Eastern US "Winery of the Year", a three-time Governor's Cup winner, and awarded 68 gold medals for 21 wines in 2014. Stop and experience wines ranging from classic dry Rieslings, oaked Cabernet Francs, to sweeter fruity blends along with sparkling wines and distilled products.  Get the full Finger Lakes wine experience with a complimentary winery tour offered daily Memorial Day through October.   And don't forget to meet their infamous miniature donkey, Doobie!  Swedish Hill is open year round, also offering an eclectic gift shop and picnic facilities. Located on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail about 10 minute South of Seneca Falls on Route 414 in Romulus.
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Featured Accommodations

 

Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars

The Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars offers 30 rooms on the west side of Seneca Lake on the beautifully-groomed 40-acre estate of Glenora Wine Cellars. Glenora Wine Cellars, owned by Gene Pierce and Scott Welliver, was the first winery to open on Seneca Lake in 1977 and has been producing award-winning, high-quality wines for over 35 years. The Inn at Glenora and Veraisons Restaurant, built in 1999, offer visitors to the region the opportunity to enjoy all the amenities of the Finger Lakes in one beautiful location. Every room at the Inn features a private balcony or patio overlooking vineyards and Seneca Lake and any stay can be customized with an array of packages. Veraisons Restaurant, led by Executive Chef Orlando Rodriguez, offers gourmet, locally-sourced dishes year round.
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Best Western PLUS The Hammondsport Hotel

The Hammondsport Hotel, Best Western Plus is a newly constructed 61 room, 3-story luxurious hotel that sits 1/2 mile south of the base of Keuka Lake. Our 2-story lobby boasts a half scale Red Wing replica airplane and a Ben Reno trout boat replica to commemorate Hammondsport's rich aviation and boating history. We are Keuka Lake's most plush hotel, surrounded by world class museums and award-winning wineries and breweries. Come see why Hammondsport is the "Coolest Small Town In America!"
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Best Western PLUS Vineyard Inn & Suites

Nestled in quaint Penn Yan, this award-winning hotel is centrally located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country, only 1/4 mile from beautiful Keuka Lake and surrounded by more than 60 wineries. Enjoy our indoor pool and hot tub, fireplaces and state-of-the-art fitness facility. All guest rooms have high-speed Internet access, luxurious pillow-top mattresses and premium linens. Special packages for weddings, wine tours, boat cruises, hiking, biking and fishing allow you to make the most of your vacation. Join us for a complimentary Finger Lakes inspired continental breakfast in the morning.
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Hampton Inn Elmira/Horseheads

The Hampton Inn Elmira/Horseheads is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York. Nestled in the gorgeous hills between Southern New York and Northern Pennsylvania, we are the Soaring Capital of America. All within minutes of wine country, museums, shopping, state parks and outstanding restaurants, the 101 room, 100% non-smoking, Silver LEED certified, Hampton Inn Elmira/Horseheads, with complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi is truly the place to stay. Take a trolley ride through Mark Twain Country, watch a race at Watkins Glen International, visit a Civil War Reenactment or Revolutionary War site, make your own glass piece at The Corning Museum of Glass, visit the many wineries, or simply relax by our indoor pool and whirlpool. There is always something to do when you stay at the Hampton Inn Elmira/Horseheads.
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Hilton Garden Inn, Elmira/Corning

Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes with a great location!  Close to Elmira, Corning, and Watkins Glen attractions.  Short drive to Seneca, Keuka and Cayuga Lakes and wineries.  Closest hotel to Elmira/Corning Regional Airport.  Located across from a shopping mall and many restaurants.  Newly finished renovation of 119 guest rooms and suites that include complimentary Wi-Fi, microwave, refrigerator and Keurig Coffeemaker along with  updates to the lobby and Garden Grille restaurant that offers Breakfast and Dinner daily; Lunch Monday – Friday.  Hotel amenities include a 24-hour access Fitness Room, Business Center, Indoor Swimming Pool and Whirlpool, Pavilion Pantry (convenience mart) and Ernie Davis Lounge serving your favorite beverage and snack starting at 5 pm daily.  Its better at the Garden, you can count on us!
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Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview

The Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview is located in the heart of Mark Twain Country at the foot of the Finger Lakes Region, right off I86/Rte 17, providing easy access to many area attractions, like Tanglewood Nature Center, Elmira College, Harris Hill Soaring and Amusements, Corning Museum of Glass, Rockwell Museum, Watkins Glen International Speedway and more. Our 149-room property will be ''your home away from home.''  Our hotel features a full service on-site restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, on-site bar/lounge with weekly entertainment Thursday and Saturday nights, free WiFi, indoor pool, travel packages and much more.  With our guests in mind, it is our pleasure to provide you with attentive service, gracious hospitality and outstanding quality that are the hallmarks of Holiday Inn!
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Holiday Inn Express Horseheads

Located at the Southern Gateway to the Finger Lakes, our 99-room hotel offers outstanding customer service making our accommodations stand out among other hotels and will provide an unforgettable stay! We are only a short driving distance from the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport, Watkins Glen, Finger Lakes Wineries, and other major attractions such as Corning Museum of Glass, National Soaring Museum, Mark Twain Country, Wings of Eagles Discovery Center and Watkins Glen International Speedway to name a few. Don’t forget about our FREE WiFi, complimentary hot breakfast, seasonal outdoor swimming pool and more! We also offer several exciting travel packages for your convenience.  Just relax and enjoy all there is to see and do in the Finger Lakes Region.
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Radisson Hotel Corning

Stay in the Heart of Corning's Gaffer District at the award-winning Radisson Hotel Corning! Located on Historic Market Street, the upscale hotel is walking distance to unique shopping and an abundance of local eateries, bars, restaurants and attractions; the world-famous Corning Museum of Glass, Corning Incorporated World Headquarters, Rockwell Museum, and art and glass studios. The Radisson Hotel Corning has been honored with TripAdvisor's Hall of Fame Award for receiving the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years running. You will be greeted with warm hospitality, spacious and elegant guest rooms and top-notch hotel services. The modern hotel has several amenities and services for your convenience including a fitness center, indoor pool, outdoor whirlpool, Ageless Spa, Grill 1-2-5, and Steuben Bar.
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Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel a four- diamond AAA rated award winning hotel located on Seneca Lake in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country. We offer deluxe accommodations including six luxurious suites, nightly turn down service, an indoor pool, and fitness center, and our professional concierge on call to assist in planning your Watkins Glen vacation. The hotel features the Blue Pointe Grille and the Cold Water Bar for your dining experience. In the warmer months enjoy your meal outside on “The Patio” with a spectacular view of Seneca Lake. Our Banquet and Catering staff can assist with the planning of your special event, meeting, conference or elegant Lakeside Destination Wedding!
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