If you've already figured out what to do and where to go using our 3-Day Fall Finger Lakes Wine Country Itinerary and FLX Family-Friendly Fall Travel Guide. It's time to learn how to experience the incredible fall flavors Finger Lakes Wine Country has to offer!
New York State is the second-largest apple-producing state in the country. From apple cinnamon, apple cider, caramel apples, and candy apples the fall flavor profiles are endless and we haven’t even mentioned pumpkin. Locally harvested produce is one of the main attractions during fall in Finger Lakes Wine Country and the reason for many of your favorite flavors.
All Things Apple
Autumn is synonymous with the taste of freshly baked apple pie and sips of apple cider. Finger Lakes Wine Country is home to several apple orchards and farms with seasonal picking schedules. As these U-Pick farms begin to close for the fall it’s time to step out of the orchard and into the Farm Stores.
Apple Barrel Orchards in Penn Yan is a third-generation family-owned fruit farm. Although their U-Pick schedule changes seasonally the farm store is open September through February. Offering several varieties of fresh apples, two varieties of grapes, locally produced fresh apple cider, Apple Butter, Caramel Dip, honey, and maple syrup from local producers.
Although Apples and Moore in Watkins Glen, NY has over 20 apple varieties available, strolling through their fifty acres you can also pick pumpkins. Their website is updated regularly to let you know what apples are available for picking before your visit.
Get served simple, seasonal small bites and snacks at Graft Wine + Cider Bar in Watkins Glen. The only wine and cider bar in the area exclusively serving a variety of New York State hand-crafted wines, ciders, and beer.
Step into a historic former federal building and Ill Eagle Taphouse in Elmira for a cool gastropub experience. Here you’ll find a mix of casual bites and an impressive beer list that includes pumpkin beer flights.
Horseheads Brewing in Horseheads, New York, and their new location at the marina in Watkins Glen, has a goal to hand-craft the highest quality beer with the finest ingredient and deliver it to the public at affordable prices. Mission accomplished with their seasonal Pumpkin Ale and Maple Amber Ale. Bring home their Pumpkin Ale to make some delicious Pumpkin Beer Bread with Brown Butter Glaze.
At Bradley Farms in Elmira, there’s something for every season. The seasonal farm store offers pumpkins, apples, blackberry candy corn, pumpkin pie, candy apples, freshly baked donuts, fresh-pressed cider, and a giant selection of fall candies. For 31 years, Bradley Farms has been hosting Phantom Phrightnights haunted experiences for thrill seekers looking for a good scare. (Love haunted houses? Check out Tagsylvania in Big Flats!)
Take a scenic drive to Candor in Tioga County to Iron Kettle Farm, a family favorite for quintessential fall fun. Pick your perfect pumpkin, take a hayride, feed their animals, or find fall treats like cider donuts in their farm store.
If apples and pumpkin aren’t your favorite fall flavors we have other options and suggestions on what to look for. Starting with two places perfect for sweet treats.
Tarrah Seaver works from scratch using the best ingredients in the bakery she named after her grandmother. Laurabelle's A Scratch Bakery in Corning is a cupcakery with creativity, offering 1,001 potential combinations. Fall favorites include Salted Caramel, Maple Bacon, Churro, and Hazelnut.
Crowned the "Best Ice Cream in America" by NewYorkUpstate.com is Penn Yan's Spotted Duck Creamery. A few of the fall flavors you should try include; Cinnamon Stick, Caramelt, Butterscotch Brownie, and Gingerbread. From custard to ice cream and vegan varieties there's something for everyone here.
Step into Fuddy Duddy’s Confectionery in Owego and be transported into a fall-flavored candyland! From their Pumpkin Cheesecake Fudge of the Month and Caramel Apple Popcorn to Harvest Yogurt Pretzels, and Maple Bacon Cotton Candy this is the perfect place to indulge in your sweet tooth.
This list wouldn’t be complete without some fall wine suggestions. This season welcome the warmth of rich red wines and take your tastebuds on an adventure through Finger Lakes Wine Country.
On Keuka Lake, you’ll find McGregor Vineyard. Their Saperavi has a thick ruby color with flavors of sweet oak, toasted coconut, spice, black currant, and aromas reminiscent of bourbon barrels, ripe plums, and blueberries. It's no wonder this rich red varietal is gaining popularity in the Finger Lakes. You will also find this variety across Keuka Lake at Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery.
Lamoreaux Landing in Lodi has the award-winning 2021 Merlot Block 137 which received a rating of 90 from the Beverage Tasting Institute. Hector Wine Company in Hector has six varieties of red to choose from. Hermann J. Weimer in Dundee has the Blaufrankisch (also known as Lemberger) with currant and blueberry aromas ahead of a long, peppery finish. All three wineries are on Seneca Lake.
Some of the other key fall flavors to look for while dining throughout the region include; cranberry, fig, pear, and pomegranate. Many of which you will find in our Fall Sangria Recipes which feature other Finger Lake Wine Country wines.