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“Marvelous Wineries, Spectacular Views, Plentiful Accomodations all price ranges”

Seneca Lake Wine Trail
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Buffalo NY
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Marvelous Wineries, Spectacular Views, Plentiful Accomodations all price ranges”
Reviewed 1 September 2010

This trip is an annual "girls weekend" every summer for us. Seneca Lake is one of the Finger Lakes of central NYS-a beautiful area of vineyards sloping toward the lake, farms, boating, swimming, restaurants, shopping, history, other attractions like Watkins Glen State Park with its stunning gorge & waterfalls, Corning Museum of Glass. But we go for the wineries to taste, and buy for holidays and general pleasure. Seneca Lake has the most wineries, though Keuka, Cayuga & Canandaigua Lakes have wonderful wineries within easy drive as well as some other wineries dispersed among the other lakes.. Several Seneca Lake wineries have a long history, though the "Seneca Lake Wine Trail" came in to existence about 25 years ago with 30+ wineries now in operation. We have several favorite wineries that have not disappointed in the 10 years we've visited.Anthony Road (my personal favorite) Fox Run, Lakewood, Prejean, Red Newt, White Springs & Wagner always have a delicious variety of wines for every taste at reasonable prices. 3 Brothers, which is actually 3 wineries & a microbrewery is an outgrowth of Nagy's New Land Vineyards. 3 Brothers boasts a range of fine wines (Stony Lonesome) to sexy fun wines (Passion Feet) to goofy sweet wines of Bagg Dere & beer varieties (WarHorse Brewery). Wagner, 3 Brothers, Glenora & Hazlitt are large, popular with bus/limo tours so beware the large crowds on a weekend. Parking can be a challenge but all are worth a visit. Seneca Lake boasts many small wineries. At least 1 or 2 new wineries open each year. This year, King's Garden & J.R Dill were terrific finds. We bought several wines & will visit again. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail offers a "Passport" package that allows you complimentary tastings at participating wineries. The Passports are $12- a great buy considering the wineries charge $1-2 per flight of 5-6 wines but you have to order early in the summer season to get the Passport-they sell out. Most of the wineries reimburse the $ if you make a purchase. But if you don't get a passport (we didn't this year), the tasting fees are still a bargain-except- Chateau Lafayette Renau Winery-the most expensive tasting fee for what you get. $5 if you don't want the wine glass, $6 if you do. This winery offers tasting of at least 15 different wines. In my opinion, one cannot appreciate the different wines when so many are offered in 1 flight. We observed a group of tasters pretty well lit, a server most annoyed to serve drunken customers & treated us not intoxicated customers poorly as if we were with them. This is a disappointment since Chateau is one of the oldest Senca Lake wineries & has really gone down hill in recent years. My advice is visit the wineries that appeal to you, avoid a couple of the large wineries & visit the small ones-you will not be disappointed.
Aside from the wineries, there are plenty of accomodations to choose from, from campgrounds to 3 star motels & hotels, B&Bs. All depends on what you prefer.

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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“Great Fun!”
Reviewed 8 December 2008

Just got back from my second visit to the wine trail. My first was using the "Polar Pass" about 8 months ago, and this time we did the big "Deck the Halls" event. It was a blast! Excellent wine, some great food pairings, and so many places to visit and explore.

We stayed in Watkins Glen (see separate review of Echoes of the Glen B&B) both times, and we love the place.

We are looking forward to returning. Our only regret is that we haven't visited in the warmer weather!

(Photos are on another computer, but I'll definitely put some up soon!)

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Rochester, NY
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“Amazing, local wines!”
Reviewed 30 July 2007

The Seneca Lake wine trail is beautiful, warm, friendly and an amazing bargain (you can do a tasting at most wineries for $1 - 4). At most places the staff is knowledgable, inviting and make you feel right at home. I am a huge, huge, HUGE fan of Damiani, Shalestone, and the Red Newt. The reds at Damiani and Shalestone are not to be missed, and the bistro at the Red Newt provided a lovely atmosphere and delicious food. The highlight of our trip was a dinner at Dano's Heuriger. The structure was gorgeous, the food was unique AND delicious and the staff was incredibly helpful, service oriented and friendly. Overall I would recommend the region to anyone looking for a great way to discover excellent wines in a romantic setting. What an experience!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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“World class Rieslings... and more!”
Reviewed 5 March 2005

Being a bit of a wine snob, I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the wines available in the Finger Lakes wine country. The area is known for its Rieslings, but many wineries also make wonderful wine from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewurtz, Vidal Blanc, Lemberger, Cab Franc - and more. The wineries appeal to different tastes and budgets, but if you are looking for the best quality - on Seneca Lake, visit Standing Stone, Atwater Estates, Wagner, Chateau Lafayette Reneau, Silver Thread, Fox Run, and Herman J. Wiemer (among others). On Keuka, visit Ravines, Dr. Frank's, Heron Hill, and MacGregors. On Cayuga, try Sheldrake Point, Hosmer, Goosewatch (can be hit or miss), and Belweather Hard Cider (for very dry, complex cider). Having traveled to several winemaking regions in North America (e.g., Napa, Sonoma, Sante Ynez, Niagara Peninsula), the Finger Lakes surpasses them in natural beauty, value, and historical attractions, and rivals them in quality.

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“Loved the wine trail...”
Reviewed 25 February 2005

There are so many wineries to visit, it takes more than a day to get to them all. I'm more of a sweet, table wine drinker and not in to the chards and cabs, so I love the sweet varietals that the wineries around the lake offer. If you want mor eof the European style wines, I think Keuka is better for you, but if you want literally hundreds of different tastes Seneca Lake is the place. Glenora on the west side of the lake offers the most choices. Definitely will go again.

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