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Get ready to place your bids on amazing Seneca Lake wine and experiences to support a great cause.
The Seneca Lake Wine & Experience Auction boasts one-of-a-kind wines and experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. We are proud to partner with Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association. A portion of the proceeds will benefit their admirable cause.
The auction is 100% online. Bidding will open on Friday, March 22 @ 5pm EST and close at 5pm on Sunday, March 24 EST. The link to bidding will be posted on this page.
Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association exists to Preserve, Protect, and Promote Seneca Lake water quality for all who have the privilege of knowing it. As a non-profit organization, Pure Waters depends on memberships and donations to build programs that work to resolve the diverse set of threats that Seneca Lake and its watershed residents face.
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Offered by Fox Run Vineyards
Join us for an exclusive experience alongside our winemakers, co-owners, and chef. Beginning with an extensive tour of our vineyards and winemaking facility, guided by our Co-Owner and President, Scott Osborn. During the tour, meet our head winemaker, Craig Hosbach, sample unreleased wines, and gain insights into our winemaking processes, all while having the opportunity to ask any questions. Following the tour, guests will head into our historic barrel room for a personalized lunch crafted live, in a course-by-course recipe demonstration by our Chef, Brud Holland. Witness the meal’s creation and delve into the secrets behind each dish with a living cooking demo, expertly paired with our finest wines. Co-Owner Scott Osborn will join the lunch, engaging in discussions about the wine and food pairings. To conclude, guests will receive a recipe booklet to cherish and take home. Maximum 8 guests.
Offered by Boundary Breaks
Join the members of our vineyard team to prepare the vineyard for the coming season. Depending upon the day we mutually agree on, your experience may include: learning how to prune and tie vines; joining us to prep and plant new vines in the vineyard; performing some of the early vineyard shoot-positioning by moving young shoots behind wires. We will supply training and equipment. The four-hour experience includes lunch and adequate work breaks.
Join members of our vineyard team to close out the year’s season. Depending upon the day we mutually agree upon, your experience may include preparing for hand-harvesting fruit; hand-harvesting into lugs; supporting the mechanical harvesting machinery, material moving and transport to the crush-pad. We will supply training and equipment. The four-hour experience includes lunch and adequate work breaks.
Offered by Miles Wine Cellars
Those who know the boathouse, know it’s incredible scenic beauty. Located directly on Seneca Lake, the boathouse has its own seating and bar. The winner of this package can plan their own private gathering for a maximum of 6 guests, including appetizers and a $75 bar tab.
Offered by J.R. Dill Winery
Go into the cellar with owner/winemaker Jeff Dill for this unique experience! Up to 6 people are welcome to come to the winery and make their own unique blend. Plus, take a case of your custom blend home! This experience includes an in-depth explanation of the winemaking and blending process, tasting tips and tricks, one-on-one instruction from the winemaker for making the blend that is just right for you. Maximum 6 guests.
Offered by Fulkerson Winery
Enjoy a Vertical Riesling Tasting in one of our oldest Riesling vineyards, with our Winemaker and Owner, Sayre Fulkerson. Gain some history and behind the scenes knowledge of this popular variety and our award-winning wines. This tasting includes samples of all our Rieslings wines (Reserve Riesling-Bunch Select, Dry Riesling, Semi-Dry Riesling, Sweet Riesling and Riesling Iced wine). Maximum 4 guests.
Offered by Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Meet and taste wines with our Vinifera Winemaker, Michael Reidy. Reidy will take you on a tour of the wine cellar and barrel room at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, as well as offer complimentary tastings of wines in tank or barrel (pending availability).
Offered by Lakewood Vineyards
Join Lakewood’s vineyard and cellar teams for a day in the vineyard and cellar during harvest! Includes over night accommodations for one night nearby, lunch with the winery, and a team dinner with winery family members. Top it all off with a tasting of Lakewood wines! Maximum 2 guests.
Offered by Hillick and Hobbs
Follow our team on an immersive tour of the Hillick & Hobbs estate vineyard, a 10+ year project that pushes the boundaries of viticulture in the Finger Lakes. Learn about what makes this region conducive to producing great riesling, the vineyard practices implemented on our 24-acre estate, and how we craft our wines. You will be welcomed into the vineyard with a glass of our inaugural vintage of riesling, then set off on a hike of the estate. The experience concludes with a complete vertical tasting of both library and current vintages of our Estate Dry Rieslings plus a soon to be released barrel aged Riesling. This experience is available for up to 4 guests and will be available to schedule through the October 31, 2024.
Offered by Idol Ridge Vineyards
Enjoy a one night stay for 2 guests at our on-site cottage where you will be greeted with a welcome basket. From the spa-inspired shower to the picturesque views, snuggle up to the fireplace and enjoy a glass of wine. Also included is an intimate wine and food pairing experience with our winemaker. Choose between having the tasting provided in the comforts of your cottage or take the short walk to the winery to enjoy all that the Idol Ridge tasting room has to offer! Maximum 2 guests.
Offered by Three Brothers Wineries & Estates
Enjoy a two-night stay in the on-site vineyard cottage at Three Brothers Wineries & Estates. Set on 40 acres of vineyard in the heart of the Finger Lakes, this gorgeous cottage sleeps four in 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath. This package also includes tastings for each guest in all 3 of the on-site wineries (Passion Feet, Bagg Dare, and Stony Lonesome and War Horse Brewing Company (all within walking distance).
Offered by Anthony Road Wine Company
Come and enjoy an afternoon meeting the family at Anthony Road Wine Company as they take you on a tour of our property while you enjoy a glass of Sparkling wine. Then sit and relax with us as we serve you a meal accompanied with our wines. Maximum 4 guests.
Offered by Glenora Wine Cellars
You’ll go behind the scenes with the sparkling wine team to customize a case of Brut to your liking. After tasting various levels of dosage, guests will personally disgorge and dosage a custom case of Brut to their specific taste. Each couple will take home a case of their personalized bottles with a Master of Dosage certificate. After your dosage experience, you’ll check into the Inn at Glenora, where you will enjoy a one-night stay in two of the Inn’s smartly appointed guestrooms – each with its own private outdoor space for enjoying stunning views of Seneca Lake and the vineyards. To end your day, you’ll enjoy dinner for four at the on-site seasonally-driven restaurant Veraisons, where you’ll enjoy a chef-inspired meal for four.
This package includes a one-on-one private lesson with one of our winemakers, a Beginner’s Wine Making Equipment Kit, 5 gallons of fresh grape juice (variety depends upon availability) and of course follow-up assistance!
This package is seasonal, the winning bidder must contact Fulkerson Winery to book this experience.
Offered by Billsboro Winery, Hector Wine Company, and Sawmill Creek Vineyards
Join the owners of Billsboro Winery, Hector Wine Company and Sawmill Creek Vineyards for a vineyard tour and a wine tasting Happy Hour, featuring Billsboro and HWC wines paired with light snacks. Tour this historic sixth generation vineyard and learn how location along with vineyard practices makes Sawmill Creek one of the premium winegrape growers in the Finger Lakes. After the tour guests will enjoy light snacks among the vines, paired with Billsboro and Hector Wine Company wines. Billsboro winemaker and co-owner Vinny Aliperti and his wife Kim will join Justin Boyette and the Hazlitt family for a casual lunch overlooking beautiful Seneca Lake. It is a wonderful chance to ask the winemakers and grape growers all your burning questions from vine, to barrel to glass! This experience is available for up to 6 guests.
We’ve filled hand-crafted glass domes with specific aromatic enhancements to create a concentrated olfactory experience that fully immerses you in the scents and flavors of our award-winning wines. It’s a first-class tasting experience you won’t want to miss! After your experience, you’ll each take a bottle of each featured wine home to enjoy!
1 Hour Vineyard and Winery Tour with owner and winemaker Jeff Dill, followed by a complimentary tasting with snacks. Experience is for 2 guests.
1 case (12 bottles) of 2014 Sparkling Brut.
This custom 4-pack includes a bottle each of Syrah Rosé, unoaked Syrah, Reserve Syrah. and Bourbon Barrel Aged Syrah.
2020 Cabernet Franc (1.5L) and 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum (1.5L)
This lot features several of the Top Wines in the NY Wine Classic: 2 bottles of 2019 Riesling Ice Wine (Top Dessert Wine in 2021) and 2 bottles of 2022 Gewurztraminer Medium Dry (Top White Wine in 2023)
A jeroboam holds 3 liters of wine or 4 bottles!
A combination for the wine collector, this is a selection of Lakewood’s 4 “black label wines”, which are the standout viniferas from their portfolio, including: 2020 Reserve Pinot Noir, 2020 Reserve Cabernet Franc, 2020 Blanc de Noir, and 2022 3 Generations Riesling.
This case of wine includes 12 bottles of 2017 Bosun’s Mate. The story behind this wine is incredible. Learn more about it here.
Details coming soon!
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