Seneca Lake Winery Association

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail celebrated 35 years in 2021. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail is a dba of the Seneca Lake Winery Association. We are a 501c(6) association dedicated to promoting our member wineries. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail is in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York.

Our Trail is comprised of 27 member wineries. Wine isn’t just what we do, it’s who we are. Learn more on our Stories of Seneca page. Since our founding 1986, we have become an extraordinarily popular wine and grape-growing destination for visitors from around the world. We look forward to welcoming you and hope you enjoy the wineries at Seneca Lake!

About the seneca lake american viticultural area

Seneca Lake is the largest by volume and deepest of New York’s 11 Finger Lake. It is just a touch shorter in length than its neighbor, Cayuga Lake. Seneca Lake is a nested American Viticultural Area (AVA), located within the Finger Lakes AVA. It is recognized as a standalone viticultural area due to the unique grape-growing conditions it presents. The Finger Lakes AVA was established in 1982, the Seneca Lake AVA was established in 2003.

The Seneca Lake AVA covers 320 square miles. It is characterized by the “lake effect” meso-climates along Seneca lake, the “air drainage” of sloping hillsides, and glacial soils conducive to drainage.

Considered a cool climate region, it is generally accepted that the area has a 90-120 day growing season. The region  specializes in Sparkling Wines, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Ice Wine, and is also known for its Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc, as well as several French-American and Native American varietals.

In the News

World Atlas:9 Unique Ways to Experience Winter in the Finger Lakes
Travel and Leisure: 50 Best Places to Travel in 2022
Eight Seneca Lake Wine Trail wineries awarded Best in Class Honors 
Valentine’s Experiences on Seneca Lake
► Wine Spectator: New York wineries adjust to new hospitality rules
► NY Daily News: Winery and waterfall-packed Watkins Glen lures roadtrippers for staycations
► Traveling Mom: 15 Things to Do in Watkins Glen
High scores and medals awarded to Seneca Lake Wine Trail wineries
► Wine Traveler: How to spend a long weekend on Seneca Lake
► Bobo and ChiChi: Your getaway guide – the best things to do in Watkins Glen
► Globe & Mail: Weekend getaway to New York’s Finger Lakes

our team – contact us

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail administrative office is a team of two: Office Manager Glenda Stermer-Simpson and Executive Director Brittany Gibson. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.

Phone:  877-536-2717 or 607-535-8080
Mailing Address: PO Box 437, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Press Inquiries

Please reach out to Executive Director Brittany Gibson: brittany[at]senecalakewine[dot]com