Welcome to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
The Seneca Lake Wine Trail -- Grown Here. Made Here.
Effective 10/13/16 our primary website has been pulled down temporarily while we make some changes, and add some new features. This page is merely a temporary site, to provide you with some basic information in the meantime. We expect our full site will be back up and running in the very near future, and appreciate your patience. If you have any questions please call our office during regular business hours at 877-536-2717. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
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. To sign up for our email newsletters (we only send 6-10 per year) and/or a copy of our brochure, click 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-4pm toll-free at 877-536-2717. You can also send mail to us at 2 N. Franklin St, Suite 320, Watkins Glen, NY, 14891. Click for a 2016 PDF version of our brochure and her for the 2016 map or even take a look at Wines & Services our wineries offer!
(Most) 2017 Tickets On Sale Now
Tickets for most of our 2017 events taking place in the first half of next year are now on sale. We have changed ticketing vendors, and will no longer be using our former ticketing vendor Eventbrite. Instead your ticket orders will now be securely processed by ShowClix. Visit our Trail Events page by clicking here, then click on the Read More link for more details on the event you are interested in attending, and you will be able to purchase your tickets on that specific event page. Many of our events (though not Passport products) have coupon codes associated with them. Make sure you input your coupon code as you purchase your tickets (see the graphic below), as promotional codes cannot be applied retroactively. As always, our event tickets are non-refundable, not exchangeable nor transferable. Tickets for our 2017 Deck the Halls Weekend events, and our Passport Booklets will go on sale in late 2016. If you have any questions about our events, or purchasing tickets to our events, please call our office during regular business hours at 877-536-2717. Interested in events the wineries host themselves* click that link (*the calendar is updated with new information as we receive it, so you may want to check back frequently or prior to your visit).
Deck The Halls Weekend 2016 Effective 9/8/16 our November Deck the Halls Weekend is officially, 100% sold out! And effective 9/28/16, our December Deck The Halls Weekend is now also 100% sold out. By far our most popular event, which routinely sells out at least 4-6 weeks prior, our two Deck The Halls Weekend events introduce attendees to an amazing variety of delicious wine and food pairings, while ushering in the holiday season with a handmade grapevine wreath that you can adorn with ornaments collected at each participating winery. With two separate weekends, November 18-20 or December 2-4, over the 2-1/2 day weekend event, visit the participating wineries, receive a recipe book and enjoy. These events are both co-sponsored by The Christmas House, located in nearby Elmira, NY. Click here for more information about the event. Rest assured that the wineries, while busier than usual this time of year, are still also open to non-ticketed visitors for regular tastings.
Winery Business Hours
During the busier season from around Memorial Day through Columbus Day most of our member wineries are open 7 days/week, generally opening around 11am and closing around 5pm. However, all of our member wineries are all independently owned and operated, and if you want to fully confirm their exact operating hours, please contact them directly using their contact information cited on their specific page, which can be reached here. For more information on our member wineries' business hours, please click here and read the paragraph titled "When Are The Wineries Usually Open?". Virtually all of our member wineries are open on holidays like Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day.
Enjoy this terrific video produced by Matt Ziegler, with voice over work by Sayre Fulkerson of Fulkerson Winery, beautifully elaborating on the process of grape harvesting in general:
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.
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
Winery Member Road Signage
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 left) 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.
2016 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.
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.
Awards and Accolades
Many of our member wineries, though by no means all of them, enter their wines in competitions, or for review by prominent wine magazines. However, please keep in mind that we have several outstanding member wineries that submit their wines to very few if any competitions, and therefore have fewer medals, but that this in no way necessarily reflects the quality of their wine at all. Usually, in fact, it means they're a relatively small winery, where the owner(s) do literally everything from the vineyard to the bottle, and simply lack the time/resources to submit wines to as many competitions as they might prefer. For those visitors, however, that are fans of particular grapes, or style of wine, a list of awards can be helpful in winnowing down the list of wineries you might want to visit. For a list of awards won by our members in the past few years, click here. For our almost-completed, newly built, dynamic awards page click here.