How to Give a Large Group Tour

How to Get the Most From Your Visit to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

An introduction for Tour Groups, Motorcoaches and Limousines

Thank you for your interest in setting up a group tour to our Seneca Lake Wine Trail wineries. We hope the guidelines we offer below will make your visit easy and enjoyable. You'll find a list of wineries that welcome large groups (some are too small) and a list of their tasting fees. The information on this page is current to the best of our knowledge. It is possible, however, that a winery has altered its tasting fees and/or policies and we have not been notified. To confirm the most current information for a winery you intend to visit, please contact that winery directly.

We would be happy to supply your group with our latest brochure. Just call and let us know how many you need and where to send them. You can also print a list of wineries and map that are located on our "Wineries" page.

Have a great visit, and enjoy the scenery and wines along our lake! You'll find a lot to come back for!

Kindest regards,

Paul Thomas, Executive Director
Glenda Stermer-Simpson, Office Manager

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WINERY VISITS ARE MEANT TO BE INFORMATIVE & EDUCATIONAL:

Some wineries offer walk-through tours and some offer films or demonstrations. A few wineries are small and offer only tastings and sales. If it is a guided tour you are looking for, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail office can direct you to the right winery to meet your guests' needs. Much can be learned by talking to the well-informed winery staff. They welcome your questions.

A "SAMPLING" EXPERIENCE:

Wineries often make samples of their products available to educate consumers and encourage sales. If guests are visiting for the expressed opportunity to taste many wines, advise them to tell the tasting staff that they would prefer to spit rather than swallow the samples. Wine judges, writers, and many others do it, and the winery staff is very familiar with the process. People should remember to taste responsibly.

While tasting wine is an enjoyable experience, over-consumption is not acceptable or tolerated. Please make your guests aware that wineries are prevented by law from serving obviously intoxicated customers, even if there is a designated driver.

COURTESY: There are basic principles that make any visit a pleasant experience for all:

  • If a winery already has another limousine or motorcoach, and you do not have an appointment, consider moving on and coming back at a later time.
  • If you have not made an appointment, the driver should inquire if it is convenient for your group to enter. Wineries most often insist on an appointment for groups.
  • Drivers, let passengers off at the entrance and proceed to another area of the parking lot. Please do not block the entrance to the winery or parking lot for others.
  • Remember, wineries are businesses that allow people to sample before buying. They are not rest stops.
  • If you need to dispose of refuse, please use trash receptacles, not the parking lot.

OTHER WINERY SERVICES: The wineries offer additional amenities such as dining at restaurants and cafes, wine clubs and activities, facility/wine making tours, winemaking supplies and lessons, picnic areas and playgrounds, catering and meeting rooms, art and much, much more!

GROUP SIZE/TASTING FEES ~ Please note tasting fees may be different from what is listed here or in a current brochure because of ongoing policy changes at individual wineries. Please check directly with each winery for the most up-to-date information.

WEST SIDE WINERIES:
Large Group Size:
Must call ahead to make appointments
Large Group
Tasting Fees per person
Non-group
Individual Tasting Fees
Ravines Wine Cellars
315-781-7007
8+ must call ahead 
$5 per person. Groups require a reservation. Last reservation is 1:00PM.
 $2.00
Belhurst Winery
315-781-0201, Ext. 8
10+
$2.50 per person flight of 5 wines. Last appointment for large groups is 5 p.m.
$2.50
White Springs Winery
315-781-9463
10+
$3 (only for groups less than 50)
$2
Fox Run Vineyards
315-536-4616
10+
$5, receive a coupon for $2 off a bottle of wine. Last reservation at 3 p.m.
$5, receive a coupon for $2 off a bottle of wine.
Serentiy Vineyards
315-536-6701
20+
Seneca Shore Wine Cellars
315-536-0882
10+
$2, no groups after 1:30 p.m.
$0
Anthony Road Wine Company
315-536-2182
10+
$5, includes a coupon for $2 off wine purchased the day of tasting. No appointments after 3 p.m.
$4, includes a coupon for $2 off wine purchased the day of tasting.
Prejean Winery
315-536-7524
10+
Fee applies. No appointment after 3:30 p.m.
$1.  Refund with purchase of wine.
Torrey Ridge Winery
315-536-1210
12+
$5/person; $3 refunded with wine bottle purchase.
$2 for 6 wines; refunded with the purchase of a bottle of wine. 
Earle Estates Winery & Meadery
315-536-1210
12+
$5/person; $3 refunded with wine bottle purchase.
$2 for 6 wines; refunded with the purchase of a bottle of wine.
Miles Wine Cellars
607-243-7742
10+
$6, 2 beers, 4 wines, 1 slushie, includes glass
$4, taste 5 wines, includes glass
Villa Bellangelo
607-243-8602
10+ 
$5/person for 5 wines, payable up front. Reservations required at least 48 hours in advance. No reservations after 3:45 p.m. 
$5/person for a 5 wine flight. 
Fruit Yard Winery
607-243-8866
10+
$2, no groups after 1:30 p.m.
$0
Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars
607-243-9114
14+
$2.  Refund with purchase of wine.
$2.  Refund with purchase of wine.
Glenora Wine Cellars
607-243-5511
15+
$5
$2
Fulkerson Winery
607-243-7883
12+
$5 and receive $3 off any wine purchase that day.  No groups after 3 p.m.
$2
Rock Stream Vineyards
607-243-5395
15+
$2
$2
Lakewood Vineyards
607-535-9252
12+
$2
$2
Castel Grisch Winery
607-535-9614
14+
$5 by appointment
$1-5
EAST SIDE WINERIES:
Catharine Valley Winery
607-546-5300
12+
$3 or $5/person for groups over 20 people. No large groups after 4 p.m.
$3/person for standard tasting
J.R. Dill Winery 
607-546-5757
10+ $4+ $3
Atwater Estate Vineyards
607-546-8463
10+
$5 tasting fee.  Last appointment of the day is 3pm.
$2 
Chateau LaFayette Reneau
607-546-2062
10+
$5
$3
Leidenfrost Vineyards
607-546-2800
15-35 people only
$1. No appointment afte 4 p.m.
$1
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
607-546-9463
8+
$3 - last reservation is 2:40 p.m. Groups require a reservation and must produce the confirmation # at the door. $3 off coupon good for any single item of $5 or more.
$3.  $3 off coupon good for any single tiem of $5 or more.
Penguin Bay Winery
607-403-0029
10+
$5 tasting fee, with $3 coupon towards wine purchase for the day.
$2, with no refunds of tasting fees.
Standing Stone Vineyards
607-582-6051
10+
Caywood Vineyards
607-582-7230
8+
$4. Please call first.
$4
Wagner Vineyards
607-582-6450
15+
$4.  Includes $4 coupon with a purchase of $20 or more.
$4.  Includes $4 coupon with a purchase of $20 or more. Additional $3 for beer tasting but no reservations are required for any size group.
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
607-582-6011
12+ (max 24)
$4/person for 6 wines (prepaid - refund with purchase of wine.) Groups require a reservation. Last reservation 1:30PM.
$4/person for 6 wines.  Refund with purchase of wine. 
Kings Garden Vineyards
607-582-7444
10+
$3 for 5 samples
$3 for 5 samples
Zugibe Vineyards 315-585-6402 8+ $5 for 5 wines $5 for 5 wines
Three Brothers Wineries & Estates, 315-585-4432
Call
Reservations required for any person(s) arriving via group transport and limited to 10am-1pm, when available. See website or call for reservation-book well in advance during peak season. $15 for tasting in 3 wineries and microbrewery.
$10 to taste in 3 wineries and microbrewery on the property.   
Ventosa Vineyards
315-719-0000
10+
$8/4 premium wine samples and complimentary Ventosa wine glass per person. Last appointment for groups is 3:00 p.m. daily.
$3/4 samples, or flights that run from $2-$9.

 

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