Welcome to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend
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. Click here to view this year's cookbook, and click here to see more about the event. This event is co-sponsored by the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail. Advanced ticket sales for this event have ended, however there will be many tickets available for sale for only $40 each at the following wineries (phone numbers and estimated tickets available are also noted) and we recommend you call that winery with your credit card in hand to reserve those tickets:
Prejean Winery (21 tickets, 315-536-7524)
Earle Estates Winery & Meadery (56 tickets, 315-536-6755)
Villa Bellangeo (46 tickets, 607-243-8602)
Fruit Yard Winery (34 tickets, 607-243-8866)
Leidenfrost Vineyards (53 tickets, 607-546-2800)
Riesling To Visit Passport
Our region is known for some of the world's finest Rieslings. 2014 will be the ninth year of our Riesling to Visit Passport celebrating our award winning Riesling wines while providing visitors with terrific value. Armed with this little booklet, the Passport enables wine enthusiasts to explore many different wineries, enjoying a complimentary flight of wines at each of the participating wineries, many of which may include a sample of Riesling. And with the savings enjoyed through this booklet, we hope you opt to purchase many more bottles of our award-winning wines! The Passport is not intended for large groups of 8 or more people. If you are visiting our region in the next 3 weeks, please purchase your Passport at one of the participating wineries (click here for a list of participating wineries, plus more information on the Passport). If you will be arriving 3 or more weeks from now, you are welcome to securely purchase them online here.
This informal, mid-week series of events (always the second Wednesday of each month, January-May) will feature a variety of custom experiences as described here. Effective February 5, 2014, the following wineries have provided detailed descriptions of their offerings: Anthony Road Wine Company, Atwater Estate Vineyards, Standing Stone Vineyards, Castel Grisch Winery, Miles Wine Cellars, Three Brothers Wineries & Estates, Lakewood Vineyards, Zugibe Vineyards, Chateau LaFayette Reneau, Wagner Vineyards, Rock Stream Vineyards, Villa Bellangelo, Serenity Vineyards, Ventosa Vineyards and Glenora Wine Cellars. Please note that most Winemaker Wednesday experiences do require an appointment and may also require a very modest fee.
Wine Weekday Passport
This brand new product is very similar to our other two existing passport booklets, but is valid longer and can only be used- as the name implies- on weekdays. All three of our passport booklets are available to purchase at many of the participating wineries, but not online. It is always recommended that you call your preferred winery a day or two prior to arrival to make sure they still have these passports in stock, with most wineries happily able to reserve copies for you to purchase upon arrival. All Seneca Lake Wine Trail Passports are only valid for groups of 7 or fewer people. Please visit the Wine Weekday Passport's specific page here for more detailed information including a list of participating wineries. Not all participating wineries are open 7 days/week during the entire duration of this booklet, though most are. If you are visiting our region in the next 3 weeks, please purchase your Passport at one of the participating wineries. If you will be arriving 3 or more weeks from now, you are welcome to securely purchase them online here.
Certificate of Excellence, 2013 Winner, Tripadvisor
It is admittedly flattering for the Seneca Lake Wine Trail itself to win this award, but is truly more of a positive reflection on our excellent members and their enduring commitment to make great wines, and provide the best experience for our visitors. So thank you to our hard-working member wineries, and to our many shared customers who took the time to give us a positive review! http://tinyurl.com/trailtripadvisor
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.
The following is a list of our 2014 food and wine pairing weekends:
Wine Weekdays Passport, Valid 1/2-5/31
Riesling to Visit Passport, Valid 4/1-7/31
Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend, 4/25-4/27
May Winemaker Wednesday, 5/14
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
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. 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.
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
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 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, 14830.