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.
  • Please sample responsibly. We also ask that you imbibe only at the wineries, not in vehicles, whether your personal vehicle or a liveried limousine or motorcoach.
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.

 

WINERIES STARTING
IN NORTHWEST
TRAVELING SOUTH:
LARGE GROUP SIZES
Must call ahead to
make appointments
LARGE GROUP
TASTING FEES
Per Person
Non-group
Tasting Fees
Per Person
Ravines Wine Cellars
315-781-7007
8+
Must call ahead as groups require a reservation. Non-refundable advance payment is required.  Last reservation is 2:00PM.
$6 per person. A wine and cheese or chocolate pairing is $10 per person. 
 $3 per person or $6 for a wine and cheese or chocolate pairing.
Belhurst Winery
315-781-0201, Ext. 8
10+
Groups require a reservation. Last appointment for large groups is 3 p.m.
 $5 per person flight of 5 wines. 
$2.50
White Springs Winery
315-781-9463
10 up to 50 people must make appointments. Last appointment at 4 p.m.
$5
$5
 
Fox Run Vineyards
315-536-4616
10 up to 50 people.
Last reservation at 3 p.m.
$5, receive a coupon for $2 off a bottle of wine. 
$5, receive a coupon for $2 off a bottle of wine.
Serenity Vineyards
315-536-6701
10-20 people.
No groups over 20. Must call in advance.
$5 tasting for 5 wine samples. $1 refund with purchase.
 $3 tasting for 5 wine samples. $1 refund with purchase.
Seneca Shore Wine Cellars
315-536-0882
10+
Reservations are between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Groups of 20 or more require a credit card to hold reservation.
$2, non-refundable. 
$2, reimbursed with purchase of a botte of wine.
Anthony Road Wine Company
315-536-2182
10+
Groups require a reservation, last reservation a 3 p.m.
$5, includes a coupon for $2 off wine purchased the day of tasting.
$5, includes a coupon for $2 off wine purchased the day of tasting.
Prejean Winery
315-536-7524
10 up to 15 people.
No appointment after 1:00 p.m.
Fee applies. 
$4. $2 Refund with purchase of wine.
Torrey Ridge Winery
315-536-1210
8 up to 50 people. If over 50, special arrangements can be made.
$5/person for 6 samples.  $2 refund with purchase of regular size bottle of wine.
$5/person for 6 samples.  $2 refund with purchase of regular size bottle of wine.
Earle Estates Winery & Meadery
315-536-1210
8 up to 50 people.
If over 50, special arrangements can be made.
$5/person for 6 samples.  $2 refund with purchase of regular size bottle of wine.
$5/person for 6 samples.  $2 refund with purchase of regular size bottle of wine.
Miles Wine Cellars
607-243-7742
10+
Groups are booked between 9am and 1pm.
$7, 2 beers, 4 wines, 1 slushie, includes glass. 
$5, taste 5 wines, includes glass
Villa Bellangelo
607-243-8602
8+
Last reservation at 3 p.m. 
$5 for 5 wine tastings.
$5/person for a 5 wine flight; $10/person for chocolate paring; $25/person for Riesling Experience (includes book). 
Fruit Yard Winery
607-243-8866
10+
Reservations are between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Groups of 20 or more require a credit card to hold reservation.
$2, non-refundable.
$2, reimbursed with purchase of a botte of wine.
Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars
607-243-9114
14+
No groups after 2 p.m.
$5.  $3 refund with purchase of $20. 
$3.  $3 refund with purchase of $20.
Glenora Wine Cellars
607-243-5511
14+ require a reservation with a deposit.  55 guests maximum per tasting session. Reservations subject to availability.
$7
$4
Fulkerson Winery
607-243-7883
10+
No groups after 3 p.m.
$5 and receive $3 off any wine purchase that day.  
$2
Rock Stream Vineyards
607-243-5395
12+
Please visit  www.rockstreamvineyards.com to make an online reservation.
$3 

 

$3
Lakewood Vineyards
607-535-9252
12+
$3
$3
Castel Grisch Winery
607-535-9614
10+
$6
$1-5
WINERIES STARTING
IN SOUTHEAST
TRAVELING NORTH:
     
Catharine Valley Winery
607-546-5300
 
12+
No large groups after 2 p.m.
 
$5 for 6 samples.
$1/sample or $5 for 6 samples.
 
J.R. Dill Winery 
607-546-5757
10+ $5 $3
Atwater Estate Vineyards
607-546-8463
8 to a maximum of 20 people.
Reservations are required.  2 p.m. is our last appointment of the day.
$7 
$5
Chateau LaFayette Reneau
607-546-2062
10+
Reservation required, last reservation taken at 2:30 p.m. Deposit required to confirm the reservation with a confirmation number.
$5 tasting fee 6 wines. Coupon handed out $2 off a bottle of wine.
$5 tasting fee and coupon handed out $2 off a bottle of wine.
Leidenfrost Vineyards
607-546-2800
12 to a maximum of 35 people.  No reservations after 3:30 p.m.
$5 per person. 
$2
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
607-546-9463
8+
Last reservation is 2:10 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. any other day of the week. Groups require a reservation and must produce the confirmation # at the door.
$5.00 per person to taste 6 wines. Paid tasting receives a coupon worth $5.00 off a bottle of wine or pack of cider. Large group tasting fees are required to be paid at the time of reservation.
$5 per person to taste 6 wines.  Paid tasting receives a coupon worth $5 off a bottle of wine or pack of cider.
 
Penguin Bay Winery
607-403-0029
10+
$5 for 6 wine samples, includes $2 off coupon towards any bottled wine purchase.
$5 for 6 wine samples, includes $2 off coupon towards any bottled wine purchase.
Standing Stone Vineyards
607-582-6051
8+
Reservations required with reservation form and guidelines available on their website.
 $5 for a tasting of 5 wines.  $5 for tasting of 5 wines.
Bagley's Poplar Ridge Vineyards
607-582-6421
10+
$5 with $3 coupon off wine purchase.
$5 with $3 coupon off wine purchase.
Caywood Vineyards
607-582-7230
9+
Please call first.
$4
$2
Wagner Vineyards
607-582-6450
15+
$7.  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
8 to a maximum of 24 people.  Groups require a reservation. Last reservation at 2 pm. No reservations accepted in September or October.
$4/person for 6 wines. $3 refund with purchase of wine.
$4/person for 6 wines.  $3 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 or info@zugibevineyards.com
8-12 people only.
By appointment only during the summer season (June-August). Call or email for availability.
$5 for a flight for 5 of our select dry wines or a wine tasting and lunch combination on our pavilion. $5 for a flight for 5 of our select dry 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. Call for reservation well in advance during peak season.
Tasting fees vary depending on the season and the day of the week. Please call for more information. 
Ventosa Vineyards
315-719-0000
10+
Groups of 10 or more are only taken between 10am-11:30am with reservations only.
$10 per person
$5 for 5 samples

 

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