Rock Stream Vineyards

Wine, spirits, ports and beers on the west side of Seneca Lake.

Rock Stream Vineyards is an estate winery owned and operated by Dr. Mark Karasz.  Mark is a West Point graduate and a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with a PhD in chemistry.  A three-year tour in Italy inspired him to make wine and Grappa.  After returning from Italy, he founded Rock Stream Vineyards and began growing his own grapes and making wine, grape brandy, Grappa and ports.  The tasting room on Route 14 and Fir Tree Point Road has been open since July 2005 and is now Seneca Lake’s only winery that is also a licensed Grappa and Grape Brandy distillery.  The vineyard has 40 acres of vines producing over 200 tons of grapes annually to make premium, hand-crafted wines.  Rock Stream also features three beers made at Cortland Beer Company.  Come by and visit all year round and enjoy “The Wine of Your Life.”

Tastings:  Small Group (9 or less) Tasting Fees:

$5 per person for a flight (dry, semi, or sweet) of 5 wines

$5 per person for a flight of 3 beers and keep a mini Pilsner glass

$5 per person for a flight of 3 spirits and 2 ports

Large Group (10 or more) tasting fees and policy:

10-24 Person Group ($50 Deposit) – Wine tastings consist of a flight of wines for $5 per person. Flights are groupings of 4 or 5 wines, such as dry, semi, or sweet. Your credit card will be charged a $50 deposit upon booking your appointment. Cancellations must be 24 hours in advance or you will forfeit your deposit. Your deposit will be applied to your tasting fee total. You must collect cash for the balance of your tasting fees prior to entering the winery ($5 per person). You may also use a credit card for the balance by calling in advance or you may use your card at the door. Reservations are not required for groups less than 10 people.

25-50 Person Group ($100 Deposit) – Wine tastings consist of a flight of wines for $6 per person. Flights are groupings of 4 or 5 wines, such as dry, semi, or sweet. Your credit card will be charged a $100 deposit upon booking your appointment. Cancellations must be 24 hours in advance or you will forfeit your deposit. Your deposit will be applied to your tasting fee total. You must collect cash for the balance of your tasting fees prior to entering the winery ($6 per person). You may also use a credit card for the balance by calling in advance or you may use your card at the door. Your group size must not exceed 50 people due to the size of our winery. An 18% gratuity will also be applied to your balance when you arrive.

Private Tours:  Rock Stream Vineyards now offers private tours that include a behind-the-scenes look at our estate.  A trip through the vineyard and walk though the wine barn where our wines are made are just the start of the tour!  The second half of the tour includes a discussion with the wine maker, food pairings, tastings of finished wines, grappa, grape brandy and ports. Viewing our pot still and bottling line will complete the tour.  To book your unique experience call 607-243-5395.

Tour times:

Sunday – Thursday 3 – 5pm

Fridays 5-7pm

$50 per person, $35 non-tasters ($150 minimum booking)

**Groups of 10 or more 10% discount

**All tours require prior booking of at least 24- hour notice