Hand-Crafted Wines • Family Owned • Dry Reds


Open 7 days a week:

Monday through Thursday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

       Last seating for tastings is at 4:30 pm.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

       Last seating for tastings is at 5:00 pm.



craft beverages
outdoor space/picnic area

Wine Styles

dry red
dry white
dry rosé
semi-dry red
semi-dry white
semi-sweet red
semi-sweet white
sweet red
sweet white
sweet rosé

General Information

Leidenfrost Vineyards is a small, family owned farm-winery in the heart of the Finger Lakes in Hector, New York. Located on the southeastern shore of Seneca Lake, Leidenfrost Vineyards is an ideal microclimate to grow premium Vinifera, Labrusca and hybrid wine grapes. From vineyard to tasting room, we focus on producing small batch, hand-crafted wines made from estate grown grapes.

About Us

Founder John Leidenfrost Sr. planted and grew American and hybrid varieties for the Gold Seal and Great Western wineries for many years. Each year he made wine in the old fashioned tradition, passed down in the family for generations.

Leidenfrost Vineyards has intentionally remained a small, family run winery. A high level of quality and individual attention to every wine is integral to our owner John and his daughter and winemaker, Liz and each wine is hand crafted in small batches made from 100% estate grown grapes.

A small family winery means that you’re treated like family when you visit. Our staff are long term employees who bring a wide range of talents to the winery, including an appreciation for great wine and a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Our Wines

Founded in 1990, Leidenfrost was one of the first Finger Lakes wineries to offer a wide selection of dry red wines, including Pinot Noir Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. 
Today, our tasting room features a spectrum of estate grown wines ranging from dry to sweet, red to white, sparkling wine and port-style wines.

Tasting Information

Wine tastings are a guided experience of any 6 wines of your choice for $12.

Prepackaged local cheeses, meats, and other snacks are available for purchase to pair with your wines. 

Tastings are offered on a first come, first served basis. If we’re unable to accommodate you and your party for a tasting, we offer glasses & bottles of wine, mimosas, and snacks at our outdoor seating- weather permitting. 

Reservations for groups of 6-8 people are highly recommended. Reservations can be made by sending an inquiry to leidenfrostbooking@gmail.com. Include the date, time, and number of people in your party. You will receive a response within 48 hours.

NEW Private Tasting Packages for groups of 8-20 people:

  • Not available on Saturdays
  • Requires 72 hours advance notice
  • Reserve our gallery room for up to 2 hours for a private tasting experience.
  • Choose from one of two experiences: Sip & Savor or Winemaker’s Selection
  • Sip & Savor: guided tasting with a dedicated staff member, craft your own flight, includes a complimentary charcuterie board of locally made meats and cheeses ($25 per person)
  • Winemaker’s Selection: guided tasting with a dedicated staff member, curated flight (choose dry or mixed wine flight) ($15 per person)
  • For more information, email leidenfrostbooking@gmail.com


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