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“The best in the area”

Ravines Wine Cellars
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Owner description: Ravines Wine Cellars is a boutique winery in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York crafting impeccably balanced, European-style wines with a unique expression of Finger Lakes terroir.
Worcester, Ma
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“The best in the area”
Reviewed 6 October 2013

Of the wineries we visited, this was the best (we also liked Dr Frank's and Keuka Lake, we did not like Heron Hill). To me, there are 3 different scenarios for a wine tasting.
#1 you get some samples and go on your way.
#2 you get some helpful information and feel welcome and helped.
#3 you leave feeling like family and friends.

Well we left feeling like scenario #3. There are 2 big differences that separate this winery from the others. #1 is the guide that takes you through the wine tasting. Extremely knowledgeable and personable, friendly and not hurried at all. Our guide, John, explained everything in great detail. The history of the area, the wineries, the grapes, their philosophies, their brewers, and also how to pair certain foods with wines and why they worked together. But for all of his expertise and help, none of this would have made a difference if their wine was not good. Thankfully it was not and in our opinion was the best we tried. We are not wine experts by any means, but if you go to several wineries make sure to go to Ravines and you will see the differences that make them so much better than everyone else.
In addition, they also packed up our purchases and packed them better than the others. They have cardboard inserts made just for packing up their wines (Dr Franks was pretty good with this as well). In addition to our purchase, we were able to ship some of their wines to friends and family directly from there without our having to handle it and only pay for the shipping costs which was very reasonable. Our tasting cost $2 per person plus we purchased a cheese and cracker plate for $5 (well worth it). We got to see how the wines interacted with certain cheeses. So we not only purchased several bottles of wine, but also some of their cheeses and chocolates. I forgot to mention how good their chocolate is as well. We can definitely see ourselves going back here and spending the day there sitting at one of the outside tables, enjoying a great view, and enjoying some wine and food amongst friends. Fantastic experience and their guides are top notch. We felt compelled to leave a generous tip, which still did not feel like enough.

Visited October 2013
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Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“What a wine tasting should be”
Reviewed 29 August 2013 via mobile

Even living in the finger lakes, it's a special occasion to make it over to Keuka lake. With friends in town for my birthday celebration, I thought it the perfect time to visit some wineries we don't often make it to. Ravines was second on our tour. Abel poured for my group of five, and he was wonderful. He shared a bit of information about each wine, he was friendly, and efficient. The wines, which I am familiar with but my group was not, we're all fantastic. We each left with a bottle. We are fortunate to have a wine maker with such passion as Morten; Ravines is a true gem, producing beautiful wines that bring pride to a entire region.

Visited August 2013
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Fairfax, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
409 reviews
195 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“The class of the Finger Lakes Wines”
Reviewed 13 August 2013

We loved the wine and Abel our server was amazing. They were friendly, informative about other wines in the area and helped us make our stay in Finger Lakes!

Visited August 2013
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new york, NY
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Outstanding Finger Lakes”
Reviewed 10 August 2013 via mobile

We recently returned from our second visit to the Finger Lakes wine trail. We visited well over a dozen wineries and Ravines definitely stood out! Our server was friendly and very knowledgeable. As many wineries do, he served us more than the allotted number of wines so that we could sample a wide range of their selections. It was a relaxed and casual tasting which lasted a long time as we were chatting away both with our server and some other tasters. At no point did we ever feel rushed. The wines were more Old World in style and beyond delicious! The reds and roses were quite unique and of the highest quality. For the price these wines are an exceptional value and I will be a regular customer.

Visited July 2013
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Houston, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great Wines and terrific people”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Always make a a point to visit this winery while visiting the Finger Lakes. The staff is always friendly and even helped us get our car out of the snow on a recent December visit. The wine is fantastic and the view of the lake is terrific.

Visited July 2013
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