Effective 9/8/16 our November Deck the Halls Weekend is officially, 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, and here to purchase tickets.
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?". Nearly all of our members are scheduled to be open on July 4th, but if you do plan on visiting our Trail on that holiday, and know there are a few specific wineries you hope to visit, it is always best to call them directly and confirm they will be open for the holiday.
While tickets for most of the events won't go on sale until later this year, 2016, we have determined most of our 2017 events and their dates. Until the tickets go on sale, these dates are subject to change, though it is highly likely that these are the exact dates these events will be taking place. Note that we've suspended two established events next year: Chocolate & Wine Weekend and Cruisin' The Tropics Weekend. It is possible these events may be returned to our growing slate of events, but it is unlikely we'll be running those events in 2017. Additional details on all these events, especially the two new events which are in bold below, will be posted elsewhere on this site later this summer. Pricing for these events is still being determined, though in all liklihood our weekend event ticket prices will remain the same, and the Passport prices will be ratcheted up. As always, if you have any detailed questions, please call our office during regular business hours at 877-536-2717 for more information. Polar Passport, valid 12/5/16-3/31/17Wine Weekday Passport, valid 1/2/17-6/30/17Bargain Bash, 1/7/17-1/16/17Halftime Pairings, 1/13/17-1/15/17Savory World of Seneca, 2/17/17-2/19/17Red Red Wine, 3/4/17Pasta & Wine Weekend, 3/24/17-3/26/17Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend, 4/21/17-4/23/17Seneca Lake Wine & Food, 5/20/17Smokin' Summer Kickoff, 6/9/17-6/11/17November Deck the Halls Weekend, 11/17/17-11/19/17December Deck the Halls Weekend, 12/1/17-12/3/17
The following are our remaining 2016 event dates. Tickets for all of our 2016 events are now on sale. Look for the event banner (at right) outside of our member tasting rooms to help you easily spot participating wineries. November 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.
Tucked away in the back of our 2016 brochure is a page you can get stamped at each winery you visit, and purchase at least one bottle of wine. Collect 6 stamps, and you will receive one complimentary 2017 Wine Weekday Passport in early 2017, and if you collect 12 stamps, you will receive two Wine Weekday Passports! Only the first 1,500 entries we receive will receive these prizes, so don't wait to mail your stamped page back into us. Please see the brochure for more information on how this program works, regulations and restrictions.
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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