Get Cozy This Winter

Imagine a winter wonderland of glistening trees, shimmering lakes and sparkling waterfalls. Winter in Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York is a special time of year and one of the nicest times to visit and we make things a little warmer with Winter in Wine Country, featuring special discounts, experiences, events, and more!

The Polar Passport 

The Seneca Lakes Wine Trail’s Polar Passport gives visitors a convenient and affordable way to enjoy many of the wineries on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. And while most people enjoy visiting the wineries during the busy summer and autumn season, the winter season is actually the best time to visit when owners, winemakers and vineyard managers are more available and are more likely to be available to chat in the tasting room.

Here is how it works: First of all, starting winery points are not assigned for this passport program - you may start at any of the participating wineries. Visit any of the participating wineries, receive a free** flight of wines at each winery, and the winery will stamp or mark the appropriate space in your Polar Passport.

Wine On Ice    

Attend Wine on Ice in Elmira where the hockey arena is transformed into a wine tasting festival. Take part in an exciting event that is guaranteed to take the edge off the chilly Finger Lakes Wine Country evenings. Held at First Arena in Elmira, participants are invited into the building to take to the ice to sample some of the area's premier wines. Entertainment will fill the air as local restaurants filled tummies and local craft businesses filled the shopping bags of this year's attendees.

Elmira Jackals Hockey     

Cheer on the Elmira Jackals at the First Arena in Elmira. The Elmira Jackals, are a professional hockey team in the ECHL, the nation's premier "AA" hockey league. Since 2008, the Jackals have provided residents of the Twin Tiers top-notch family affordable entertainment.

And Much More!

Take part in the excitement of skiing, snowshoeing, and even everyone’s favorite childhood pastime, sledding! Go on an ice wine pilgrimage to discover your favorite. Spend a romantic weekend with the one you love at a luxurious hotel or in a cozy bed and breakfast.  There may be a chill in the air, but the hospitality of Finger Lakes Wine Country, will warm you, heart and soul.  Discover all the things to do this winter.

Did You Know?

Ice wine is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine.