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Discover Seneca Lake Wines

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail is an association of member wineries, located in the Seneca Lake American Viticultural Area (AVA) within the Finger Lakes AVA of New York State. Seneca Lake wineries make exceptional cool climate wines. Of course Riesling is one of our best-known varietals, but that’s not all we do. 

Visit Our Wineries

If you’re planning a visit to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, our “Current Winery Offerings” page is a great place to start. The vibe here is best described as welcoming and relaxing. Look for our member winery signs to sit, sip, and enjoy at wineries who are dedicated to making wines that are Grown Here. Made Here.

upcoming trail events

Spring Wine and Cheese is coming up April 12-14. During this event, sample cheese-themed dishes at 18 participating wineries throughout the course of the weekend. It’s a fun and delicious way to discover new wines, learn about wine and food pairing, collect new recipes, and explore the wineries around Seneca Lake. Join  us!

Picture of a hand holding a glass of white wine, with a lake and vineyard in the background
View of vineyards at sunrise over Seneca Lake
Riesling pouring into glass in front of a Seneca Lake vineyard
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plan your trip

Packages & Excursions

The Weekday Wine Package offered by the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, welcomes weekday visitors to Seneca Lake. You’ll love the great room rate, which includes a VIP Tasting Pass to over a dozen Seneca Lake wineries!

Plan a trip without lifting a finger with our One-Day Excursions, including transportation, reservations, and a planned itinerary around the Seneca Lake Wine Trail!

shop tastings & gifts

streamline your visit

You can purchase tastings in advance to streamline your visit, or you can purchase tasting passes on our website to as a birthday, wedding, or anniversary gift! 

320 Square Miles of Seneca Lake AVA

The Seneca Lake AVA covers 320 square miles. As the deepest of the Finger Lakes and one of the deepest lakes in North America, the area is characterized by the “lake effect” meso-climates found along Seneca Lake, the “air drainage” of sloping hillsides, and glacial soils conducive to drainage. The Finger Lakes is recognized as a standalone AVA and Seneca Lake is unique within that region.

28 members in the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

600+ varieties of wine offered by Wine Trail Members

The region specializes in Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, as well as sparkling wines and ice wines. There are, of course, French-American and Native American varietals found in the region as well. Our member wineries are committed to growing grapes here in the Seneca Lake AVA because they believe in its unique characteristics. That’s why we say our wines are Grown Here. Made Here.

195 days of Seneca Lake Growing Season

The beauty of our cool climate is that it provides the perfect backdrop for crafting higher acidity, lower alcohol wines, which means they are naturally food-friendly. With that cool climate comes a bit of unpredictability though. The good news? Our winemakers here are adept at adapting viticultural and winemaking processes to make fantastic wine. 

618 feet deep: Depth Of Seneca Lake

1357 acres of land cultivated by Trail Members

The beauty of our cool climate is that it provides the perfect backdrop for crafting higher acidity, lower alcohol wines, which means they are naturally food-friendly. With that cool climate comes a bit of unpredictability though. The good news? Our winemakers here are adept at adapting viticultural and winemaking processes to make fantastic wine. 

upcoming events

SLWT and Winery events

Events are a great way to explore our wineries. Choose between a Wine Trail event which includes multiple wineries, or attend an event at a single winery.

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