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Visiting New York’s Finger Lakes Region this Summer? Visit a Winery!

Seneca Wine Trail sign helps travelers.

New York State’s Finger Lake region offers so much to summertime visitors. Among the many activities of hiking, swimming, fishing, boating and camping, the region offers numerous wineries to visit. Travelers will find small, boutique wineries as well as much larger wineries. Some of these wineries offer delightful views of Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake and Keuka Lake. The lakes provide enough warmth to keep the grapevines safe during the harsh winters that the area can experience.

Lake views between the grapevines

Two of the most well-known wine trails are the Seneca Lake Wine Trail with 35 participating wineries and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail with 16 wineries. A third wine trail is the Keuka Lake Wine Trail with 8 wineries. A few wineries are also close to Canandaigua Lake which also has the Canandaigua Wine Trail. As one drives along the Finger Lakes, also look for wineries that have chosen not to participate in a wine trail but are eager to offer visitors delightful wine tasting experiences.

The Finger Lakes region is well known for Riesling wines.

One of the most frequently found grapes growing in the region is Riesling. Wine enthusiasts will discover Riesling wines produced in many styles. Try tasting the sweet, dry, and sparkling Riesling wines available. A wide variety of wines are available whether one enjoys red or white wines.

The American Viticultural Areas of the Finger Lakes region include the Finger Lakes AVA, Cayuga Lake AVA and Seneca Lake AVA. The grape varieties growing here include vitis vinifera varieties,  French-American hybrids and Native American varieties.

We have traveled to many of the wineries in the Finger Lakes region. Our articles with photos about each of the wineries we visited are on the Wine Trail Traveler website.

Don’t miss an opportunity to discover the Finger Lakes wine region.


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