This is one of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail's newest wine and food pairing events. Embrace the many terrific red wines our region is rapidly becoming better known for, all paired with innovative dishes prepared by the many participating wineries. Whether well known, dry vinifera wines like Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir, lesser known red wines like Lemberger and Saperavi, blends like Meritage, or sweeter red blends you can be assured that during this event you will enjoy experiencing all the many food-friendly red wines crafted in our region. Given the time of year, and minimal number of tickets available, you can also look forward to a relatively quiet event, with ample staff prepared to assist you. Check in at your chosen starting winery, pick up your ticket, then enjoy a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake during this one day event. Regular tickets purchased in advance are only $25 per person. For more information about this event, click here.
This event is now officially sold out!
Visit the Trail during weekdays, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday and Friday, for a more intimate wine tasting experience with far fewer crowds. At $15 plus tax, this passport gives residents and visitors alike a convenient and affordable way to enjoy many of the wineries on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. For more information, click here and to order your Wine Weekday Passport online, click here.
Our popular Polar Passport is an affordable booklet enabling you to enjoy a complimentary, standard flight of wine samples at over 25 different wineries, one time each, anytime between now and the end of March 2016. You can see more about the Polar Passport by clicking here. Online sales of our Polar Passports have ended, but many of the participating wineries are selling them through their tasting rooms and you can see a list of those wineries here. Polar Passports are not valid for groups of 8 or more people.
Tickets for all of our wine and food pairing events in 2016 have now gone on sale including our two new, one-day events- Red Red Wine and Veggies & Varietals and both Deck the Halls Weekend events. To purchase tickets click here.
The following are our 2016 event and Passport dates. Tickets for all of our 2016 events are now on sale. Our Polar Passport is also on sale, and our Wine Weekday Passports will go on sale just as they become valid, but not before. Events in bold below are our traditional wine and food pairings weekends. Events in red are new. Look for the event banner (at right) outside of our member tasting rooms to help you easily spot participating wineries.
Polar Passport, Valid 12/7/15 - 3/31/16Wine Weekday Passport, Valid 1/4/16 - 6/30/16Chocolate & Wine Weekend, February 19 - 21, 2016Red Red Wine, March 5, 2016Cruisin' The Tropics Weekend, March 18 - 20, 2016Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend, April 22 - 24, 2016Veggies & Varietals, May 7, 2016Smokin' Summer Kickoff, June 10 - 12, 2016November Deck the Halls Weekend, November 18 - 20, 2016December Deck the Halls Weekend, December 2 - 4, 2016
New this year, many of our 2016 events have discount codes associated with them. During the checkout process, where you're selecting how many tickets you want to purchase, look for the link "Enter Promotional Code", below where you will select exactly which tickets you will be purchasing, as illustrated with this graphic. Discount codes may not be combined with any other offers. Only valid for online ticket purchases. Discount valid for ticketed events, not Trail Passports. Tickets purchased without a discount code cannot be retroactively discounted later. Restrictions and exclusions may apply. Void where prohibited.
Enjoy this terrific video produced by Matt Ziegler, with voice over work by Sayre Fulkerson of Fulkerson Winery, beautifully elaborating on this year's harvest specifically, and the process of grape harvesting in general:
All of our member wineries are committed to crafting quality wine using grapes harvested in the region, creatively and passionately reflecting the terroir. To most easily identify our member wineries as you're driving around Seneca Lake, keep your eyes open for these signs (to the right) that are typically located near the winery driveway. When you visit wineries with this sign, you can be assured you're sampling, and buying, wine made from grapes grown on Seneca Lake at regional winemaking facilities. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail- Grown Here. Made Here.
Along with our Red Red Wine event, Veggies & Varietals is a new, one-day event on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. As the event name implies, ALL sample dishes served at this event will be 100% vegetarian, with zero meat products used in any of the dishes! We recognize that increasingly more people are committing to a vegetarian diet, whether for health or ethical reasons, and therefore we created this event for those folks. Though, even ominvores are likely to enjoy this event despite the lack of meat, given the care and attention our participating wineries pay to the creation of their sample dish. This event is not vegan, though we hope that with the proven success of Veggies & Varietals we can one day launch a vegan event too. To see more about this event (including a cookbook specifically for this event that should be published a few weeks in advance) please click here.
Once again the Seneca Lake Wine Trail was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor! When visiting our member wineries, or attending our Trail-wide events, you can be assured that you'll not only be enjoying world class wines, but also interacting with superb staff in beautiful tasting rooms. To contribute your review of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, visit their site here.
We realize your main reason for visiting our site is most likely to find information about our member wineries, but also know that most visitors to our region will be seeking other businesses like restaurants, lodging, transportation providers, breweries/distilleries/cideries, and other attractions. You can patronize any of these regional businesses confident that they are doing their utmost to help you have a fun, safe and enjoyable time in the Finger Lakes Region. To view a handy map that shows all of those businesses and our member wineries at once, click here.
We are frequently asked about setting up a tour of our member wineries by large groups. Each winery has its own individual policies. Some wineries require appointments for groups of 8 or more people, others don't require an appointment unless the group exceeds 16 people, for example. In some instances tasting fees are the same between a large group and an individual, in other cases they are different. Please click here for more information on bringing a large group to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and feel free to call our office during regular business hours with any additional questions.
The following 22 minute video provides an excellent overview of our organization, member wineries and how our industry has contributed to the economic vitality of the communities in which our wineries reside. If you do not see the clip below (some Firefox users report difficulties) you might have better luck viewing it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqOO2d0JcpU
Surrounding the sapphire waters of Seneca Lake, our 35 member wineries invite you to experience a destination rich in history, beauty, and the production of world-class wines. Located in the heart of New York's Finger Lakes Region, our climate supports not only the growth of hardy native grapes and premium hybrids, but also more delicate varieties such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir. Along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail you will truly find a wine to suit every taste. Request Information or contact us if you have questions. To sign up for our email newsletters (we only send 6-10 per year) click here. And to request a copy of our brochure, click here. For more information on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail you're also always welcome to give our administrative office (we ourselves are not actually a winery) a call weekdays 9am-5pm toll-free at 877-536-2717. You can also send mail to us at 2 N. Franklin St, Suite 320, Watkins Glen, NY, 14891.
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