Rarely do we promote events that aren't near Seneca Lake, let alone that are in an adjacent state, but with over 20 years of close ties with our friends in the Ohio wine industry, this year we are making an exception! Plan a ‘Wine-ding’ road trip, located only about 4 hours west of Geneva, NY: On Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8 Vintage Ohio celebrates its a nearby premier wine, food and music event, with just a little brew too this year. Seventeen wineries, rolling hills and picturesque grounds, the best regional musical talent, Friday night fireworks, a star chef cooking tent and lots more. And make it a weekend as there are nearly 40 wineries within a short drive of the Festival. To receive a $5 discount off purchased tickets, or learn more about this terrific event, visit VisitVintageOhio.com and use the code SE15KE.
With two of these events taking place on two separate weekends, November 20-22 or December 4-6, 2015, these events are by far our most popular. Go to your chosen starting winery and begin a weekend of fun and festivities while sampling holiday wines and food tastings. The wineries are decorated for the holiday season. Over the 2-1/2 day weekend event, visit the participating wineries, receive a recipe book and collect ornaments to decorate your handmade grapevine wreath. These events are both co-sponsored by The Christmas House, located in nearby Elmira, NY. Tickets cost $53 per person or $75 for a couple, and literally always sell out at least a few weeks in advance. To see more about this event, click here. And to buy tickets, 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.
The following is our list of remaining Trail events. For a complete listing of both Trail events, and our member winery events, please visit our online calendar here. November Deck the Halls Weekend, November 20-22, 2015 December Deck the Halls Weekend, December 4-6, 2015
And the following dates are tentative 2016 dates. Until tickets for these events go on sale in October 2015 these dates and events are subject to change:Polar Passport, Valid 12/7/15 - 3/31/16Wine Weekday Passport, Valid 1/2/16 - 6/30/16Bargain Bash, January 9-18, 2016Pasta & Wine Weekend, January 15 - 17, 2016Chocolate & Wine Weekend, February 19 - 21, 2016Cruisin' The Tropics Weekend, March 18 - 20, 2016Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend, April 22 - 24, 2016Smokin' Summer Kickoff, June 10 - 12, 2016TBD- New Event, Name Undecided, August 3, 2016November Deck the Halls Weekend, November 18 - 20, 2016December Deck the Halls Weekend, December 2 - 4, 2016
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.
2015 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. 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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