Finger Lakes Wineries OverviewFinger Lakes wineries are clustered around a group of long, thin and deep lakes in a very scenic area of upstate New York: Cayuga, Seneca, Keuka and Candandaigua. This productive part of New York State has long produced wine, and, aided by the gastronomic heavyweight influence of Cornell University's hospitality school and agricultural prowess, the region continues to gain in wineries (more than 100 and counting), reputation, and in visitors. Major towns in the region include Ithaca and Watkins Glen.
Finger Lakes Wine Country: Trip Planning Resources
- The official Finger Lakes Wine Country website has information on wineries, accommodations and attractions.
- Finger Lakes Winery database.
- Finger Lakes wine trail maps.
- Download the Finger Lakes Wine Country iPhone app.
What's New in Finger Lakes Wine Country, 2010-2011
- Seasonal packages Fall Into Wine Country: Book a three night stay at participating accommodations and receive a "Fall Into Wine Country passport" with special deals at the wineries and VIP access. September 19th through November 21st. On November 26th, the seasonal promotion becomes Winter Wine Weekends, with accommodation deals and a similar "passport". Runs through March 20th, 2011.
- May is Riesling Month: Riesling is the area's premier varietal and so there's a ton happening in May 2011, with tastings, special dinners and more.
- Finger Lakes Cheese Trail: nothing goes with wine quite like cheese, and the Finger Lakes region has long been known for its dairy farms. The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail launched in 2010, so plan to stop by and taste at a few creameries.
- Finger Lakes Distilling: why stop at wine? The new Finger Lakes Distilling, on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail near Watkins Glen, produces vodka, gin, whiskey, grappa and more.