Welcome to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Smokin' Summer Kickoff
Co-sponsored by locally owned JAVA-GOURMET, purveyors of innovative coffee rubs, salts and other goods, this event celebrates summer, the many wonderful foods associated with this beautiful time of year, and the fantastic wines that pair with grilled and summertime foods! Start your summer season off with this fun-filled wine and food pairing weekend, check in at your chosen starting winery, pick up your ticket and gift item, then enjoy a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake during this 2-1/2 day event. Or try one of our weekend pages which include 2 night stay, tickets for 2 people to the event and 8 hours of transportation on Saturday click here. To see the cookbook, which also lists all participating wineries, click here. To see more about the event in general, click here. And to buy tickets, click here.
Riesling to Visit Passport
Our region is known for literally some of the world's finest Rieslings. 2013 will be the eighth year of our Riesling to Visit Passport celebrating our award winning Riesling wines and providing terrific value. Armed with this little booklet, the Passport enables wine enthusiasts to explore many different wineries, enjoying a free flight of wines at each of the participating wineries, many of which may include a sample of Riesling. Cost $18 per person plus sales tax. The Riesling to Visit Passport is an especially great value for regional residents that can readily visit our Trail more than once, enabling them to explore all of the many participating wineries across multiple weeks. One time visitors to the region that plan on visiting at least 8-10 wineries will likely also find this product to be a good value. If your plan is to visit fewer than 8 wineries, than it is probably wise to not purchase the Passport, and instead pay the incremental tasting fees that are common to most of wineries in the region. The Riesling to Visit Passport, as has always been true with all our Passport products, are not intended for groups of 8 or more people. While we process online orders within 3-5 business days, the USPS can take weeks to deliver them, and so we strongly recommend that if you're going to be visiting our region within the next 3 weeks, it is best that you purchase the Passport upon your arrival at one of the participating wineries. To find out more about the Riesling to Visit Passport, click here. To see a relatively current list of wineries that are selling Passports, click here, and to purchase them online, click here. Riesling to Visit Passports can no longer be purchased at Lakewood Vineyards or Belhurst Winery.
2013 Event Dates
Riesling to Visit Passport, Valid 4/1 - 7/31.
Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend, 4/26 - 4/28. Co-sponsored by the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail.
Smokin' Summer Kickoff, 6/7 - 6/9. Co-sponsored by JAVA-GOURMET.
November Deck The Halls Weekend, 11/22 - 11/24.
December Deck The Halls Weekend, 12/6 - 12/8. Both Deck the Halls events are co-sponsored by The Christmas House.
2014 Event Dates
While tickets for these events will not be on sale until this fall, and details regarding event sponsors are still being confirmed, we still wanted to let you know when these events are scheduled to take place:
Bargain Bash, 1/11-1/20
Pasta & Wine Weekend, 1/17-1/19
Chocolate & Wine Weekend, 2/7-2/9
Cruisin' The Tropics Weekend, 3/28-3/30
Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend, 4/25-4/27
Smokin' Summer Kickoff, 6/6-6/8
November Deck The Halls Weekend, 11/21-11/23
December Deck the Halls Weekend, 12/5-12/7
And though it is highly unlikely, these dates are potentially subject to change. To confirm this list of the very latest, most accurate event dates please call our office during regular business hours. Details regarding either the Polar Passport or Riesling to Visit Passport programs are still being determined.
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
25th Anniversary Cookbook
Our newly reprinted cookbook is now available to purchase at select wineries. With over 200 superb recipes, most of which have recommended wine pairings, drawn from 20 years of events and our entire winery membership, this truly unique, affordable cookbook makes a great gift for any fan of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail! You can see a list of wineries stocking this cookbook, as well as more information about the cookbook itself here. You can purchase the cookbook at many of our member winery locations.
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 office a call during regular business hours toll-free at 877-536-2717.