Welcome to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
December Deck the Halls Weekend
Our November Deck the Halls Weekend event has sold out, though tickets are still available for our December Deck the Halls Weekend. Co-sponsored by Elmira's ever popular The Christmas House retail destination, participants can visit up to 33 different participating wineries, enjoying wine and food pairings along the way, and collecting a custom ornament at each visited winery with which to adorn your handmade grapevine wreath. You can purchase tickets to this event here, and see much more information about the event here.
2015 Event Dates
While tickets are not on sale yet for our 2015 events, the dates have been confirmed. Once tickets are on sale, that will be announced here. Events that are bold are our larger, established wine and food pairing weekends, while the others are relatively new and/or different types of events with fewer attendees. Though it is highly unlikely, these dates are potentially subject to change until the tickets go on sale. If you have any additional questions about our 2015 events, please feel free to call our office during regular business hours at 877-536-2717.
Polar Passport valid 12/8/14 - 3/31/15
Wine Weekday Passport Valid 1/2/15 - 6/30/15
Bargain Bash, January 10-19
Winemaker Wednesday, January 14
Pasta & Wine Weekend, January 16-18
Winemaker Wednesday, February 11
Chocolate & Wine Weekend, February 20-22
February Preferred Pairings, February 28
Winemaker Wednesday, March 11
March Preferred Pairings, March 21
Cruisin' The Tropics Weekend, March 27-29
Winemaker Wednesday, April 8
Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend, April 24-26
Winemaker Wednesday, May 13
May Preferred Pairings, May 16
Smokin' Summer Kickoff, June 12-14
November Deck the Halls Weekend, November 20-22, 2015
December Deck the Halls Weekend, December 4-6, 2015
New 2015 Winery Members
While their official membership does not begin until 2015, Bagley's Poplar Ridge Vineyards and, under new ownership, Castel Grisch Winery have both been welcomed back aboard the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and will be participating in various programs towards the end of this year, and throughout 2015 and beyond. As is the case with all our member wineries, these new members are committed to crafting quality wine using grapes harvested in the region, creatively and passionately reflecting the terroir.
|Interview with Lisa Hallgren of Ravines Wine Cellars|
A wholly engaging interview providing viewers with a brief overview of this member winery. If you can not view this video (some Firefox users report difficulties) you might have better luck viewing it here. View other videos from this series on our Seneca Lake Wine Trail TV page by clicking here.
Audio Interviews With Winery Owners and Staff
Listen to the following owners/staff from several of our member wineries being interviewed earlier this year, giving passionate fans of the Trail additional insight into the people working to make your favorite wines. These tracks were produced by the professionals at Cayuga Radio Group, in support of their station The Vine. More of these interviews will be rendered over the coming months, along with video interviews as well. You can also listen to all our current audio interviews here.
Tom Prejean, Prejean Winery
Darren Bowker, Serenity Vineyards
John Earle, Torrey Ridge Winery
John Earle, Earle Estates Winery & Meadery
Liz Leidenfrost, Leidenfrost Vineyards
Dave Mansfield, Three Brothers Wineries & Estates
R.J. Passalacqua, Ventosa Vineyards
Laura Wagner Lee, Wager Vineyards
2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
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.
Large Group Tours
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.
Introduction to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
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
About the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Surrounding the sapphire waters of Seneca Lake, our 34 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. 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.