This is an incredibly popular event, combining the classic tastes of wine and cheese into one delectable weekend. It is a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake visiting over 30 unique, participating wineries. You start this event by picking up your gift item and tickets at your chosen starting winery and receive your first sampling of wine paired with a sample of a cheese-themed dish the winery has prepared. This event is co-sponsored by the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail. Regular tickets purchased in advance are $35 per person. View the cookbook, which also lists all participating wineries, here. You can read much more about the event here, and purchase tickets here.
Winemaker Wednesdays is really for one kind of person: the type of person that not only loves to drink wine, but adores learning about it, talking to people about it, experiencing it. Certainly everybody is invited to this limited series of unique, custom winery experiences, though it has been conceived for passionate, curious fans of wine, winemaking and all that goes into that. Each winery has crafted some kind of unique, or special event or activity for these days. Every Winemaker Wednesday takes place on the second Wednesday of the given month and the next one is scheduled for this coming Wednesday, April 8. These are unticketed events, though additional fees may apply. To see many more details about this event, click here.
Our popular 2015 Wine Weekday Passport, valid from January 2 through June 30, is now on-sale both here online, as well as at many winery tasting rooms. This little booklet enables visitors to enjoy a complimentary, standard flight of wine samples at over 24 of our member wineries, one time each. It is especially useful for regional fans of our wineries, who can use the Passport across multiple days throughout its duration. But even if you're only visiting for a day or two, provided you visit at least 10 of our member wineries, it represents a good value. The Wine Weekday Passport is not intended for large groups of 8 or more people. Passport bearing customers that purchase at least one bottle of wine from at least half the participating wineries will receive a similar, complimentary Passport next year. Make sure if you do purchase a bottle at one of the wineries you visit, that you have the staff stamp your Passport on page 22 confirming that purchase. While we ship them within just a few business days of receiving your order, it can sometimes take the post office upwards of three weeks to deliver them to you. Therefore if you plan on visiting the Trail in the next 3 weeks, do not purchase the Passport online, and instead purchase them at one of the many participating wineries that will be selling them for the same price in their tasting room. Most questions about the Passport can be answered by visiting the detailed page about it here. For additional questions about the Passport, please call our offices during regular business hours at 877-536-2717. To order your Passport online, click here.
Our newest member winery is Bagley's Poplar Ridge Vineyards, and below is a recent interview with owner Brittany Bagley.
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:
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. 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.
Wine Weekday Passport Valid 1/2/15 - 6/30/15Winemaker Wednesday, April 8Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend, April 24-26Winemaker Wednesday, May 13May Preferred Pairings, May 16Smokin' Summer Kickoff, June 12-14November Deck the Halls Weekend, November 20-22, 2015 December Deck the Halls Weekend, December 4-6, 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 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.
2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of ExcellenceOnce 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.
Trail AssociatesWe 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 ToursWe 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 TrailThe 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. 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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