Welcome to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail
This is the Seneca Lake Wine Trail's newest series of more intimate, smaller wine and food pairing events. Partnering with the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail, Preferred Pairings are a series of three, one day events the fourth Saturday of each month in the first quarter of 2014. Each participating winery will be matched up with a creamery, offering ticketed attendees 3-4 delicious pairings of regional cheese paired with our members' wines. In some cases a creamery may offer one cheese, paired against 3-4 different wines to see which pairing best appeals to your palette. At other locations, the creamery might present 3-4 different cheeses, paired with 3-4 different wines. Creameries will also be providing a brief presentation about their farm and product(s) at 10:30am, shortly after the event has begun. Therefore it is best that you select your starting winery principally based on which creamery you would like to learn more about. This series of events are co-sponsored by the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail. Click here for more information on the event. The final Preferred Pairing event is March 22, and you can purchase tickets here. For additional questions about this event, you're welcome to call our office during regular business hours at 877-536-2717
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. The next Winemaker Wednesday is March 12.
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.
2014 Polar Passports On Sale Now
2014 Polar Passports are now on sale, and make great holiday gifts. Due primarily to increasing difficulties with the US Postal Service, we have suspended online sales of all 2014 Passport products. If you want to make sure a given winery still has inventory of these popular booklets, feel free to call their tasting room directly, during regular business hours. These are the wineries who currently have Polar Passports on sale as of 12/10/14:
Ravines Wine Cellars, White Springs Winery, Seneca Shore Wine Cellars, Torrey Ridge Winery, Earle Estates Winery & Meadery, Fruit Yard Winery, HIckory Hollow WIne Cellars, Fulkerson Winery, Castel Grisch Winery, Atwater Estate Vineyards, Chateau LaFayette Reneau, Leidenfrost Vineyards, Standing Stone Vineyards, Wagner Vineyards, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, Three Brothers Wineries & Estates, Ventosa Vineyards.
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:
2014 Polar Passport, Valid 12/9/13-3/31/14
Wine Weekdays Passport, Valid 1/2-5/31
March Winemaker Wednesday, 3/12
March Preferred Pairings, 3/22
Cruisin' The Tropics Weekend, 3/28-3/30
Riesling to Visit Passport, Valid 4/1-7/31
April Winemaker Wednesday, 4/9
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.