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The Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars

It takes courage and a sense of adventure to be a trailblazer and Glenora Wine Cellars was the first winery on Seneca Lake. Gene Pierce, along with Eastman Beers, Edward Dalrymple, and Howard Kimball jumped at the opportunity to open the winery after the Farm Winery Act of 1976 was passed.

In 1987, the winery expanded its production facility, and retail sales area and added a restaurant, The Wine Garden Café. This was the first winery restaurant on the western shores of Seneca Lake. They

Apple Picking

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

Keuka Lake Fall Landscape

The Hunt family started crafting wine in 1981 and has been farming west of Keuka Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region for seven generations. Hunt Country Vineyards is committed to responsible farming and caring for the land that gives us so much. They have reduced fossil fuel use by installing award-winning solar and geothermal systems. A portion of the vineyards are certified organic and several wines are made from organic grapes. Hunt Country Vineyard received the 2020 Sustainability Award

Tito

For our Faces of Finger Lakes Wine Country campaign, we spotlighted local entrepreneurs who work to elevate the region to its award-winning status. We’re excited to continue sharing these stories and introduce Tito Chavez, a local Latino-American winemaker from humble beginnings that have blossomed into the best version of the American dream. We’ve previously shared how Wagner Vineyards is working on Diversifying The Wine Industry in the region. This is how Tito is diversifying winemaking in

FLX Strawberry Basil Frosé

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 10:00 PM by Bethany Dixon

FLX Strawberry Basil Frosé

When late spring starts to feel like early summer, it’s indisputably rosé season. There’s nothing like the combination of full sunlight, endless green, and a chilly glass of perfectly dry, blush-colored rosé. It’s hard to imagine improving on this experience, but once upon a time, the genius idea of frosé was born. Its origin seems to trace back to NYC’s Bar Primi in the summer of 2016 when curious bartenders wondered what might happen if they poured rosé into a newly acquired slushie

Keuka+Lake+Vineyard+Summer

Keuka Lake is much more than just a summer destination. It’s an ideal getaway no matter what time of year. The Keuka Lake Wine Trail highlights family-owned and operated wineries that have been a part of the Finger Lakes Wine Country community for generations. Driving around Keuka Lake takes about an hour, not including stops, making it easy to plan a perfect day of exploring the breathtaking views along the way. We’ve created the perfect Keuka Lake Wine Trail itinerary with stops at the best

Wagner Vineyards

The wine industry has been criticized for its homogeneity since its inception. A space that has felt reserved for the white and wealthy is working to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Diversifying the wine industry includes creating an environment that's hospitable and enjoyable for all and Wagner Vineyards is a local changemaker working towards diversifying the wine industry.

Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery in Lodi, New York has been producing award-winning wine since 1979. For

Debra Bermingham, Bloomer Creek Vineyard

To celebrate Women's History Month, we asked wine writer and educator Maiah Johnson Dunn to do a follow-up on the Unapologetically Female piece she wrote last year. This time she focused on the women behind the scenes, the owners, marketers, vineyard managers, and cellar hands that make Finger Lakes Wine Country run.

Alana Ahouse, Knapp Winery

Alana Ahouse_Knapp Winery

Alana Ahouse in the vineyards. Photo provided.

“This is an exciting time to be in the Finger Lakes wine industry,” says Alana Ahouse. “It’s really

Fall in Wine Country

From grape growing to production, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is one of the largest cohesive wine trails in North America. When you visit the 25-member wineries you are guaranteed to be tasting and purchasing wine made from grapes grown in the favorable conditions surrounding Seneca Lake.

Seneca Lake is not only the largest of the glacially-formed Finger Lakes but is also the deepest lake within New York State. At 630 feet in depth, the sapphire waters of Seneca Lake make up 50% of the water in

Unapologetically Female

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 7:00 PM by Maiah Johnson Dunn

Ann Rafetto of Wagner Vineyards

When Ann Raffetto accepted the job as co-winemaker at Wagner Vineyards, she didn’t think about the legacy she’d leave behind. “We were just trying to work with what equipment we had and trying to make the best wine that we could,” she smiles.

“I always get a little hesitant when people say ‘first woman winemaker’,” notes Ann as she highlights her colleagues working behind the scenes. “Maybe not technically in a winemaker role, but [women] were certainly in every other aspect doing whatever