To make your travel list planning a bit easier this Fall, here are the best Local wineries to get your booze on.
Surrounded by great places to eat, beautiful hiking trails and breathtaking state parks and comfortable accommodations, the Seneca Lake is home to more wineries than any other wine trail in New York State and known for its diverse offering of world-class wines. Seneca Lake Wine Trail is the largest and most active wine trail in New York State with a community of wineries dedicated to creating premium, award-winning wines suitable for every palate principally using grapes harvested within the federally recognized Seneca Lake Viticultural area.
- Chateau LaFayette Reneau - Renowned for its spectacular views, Chateau LaFayette Reneau features dynamic vistas of Seneca Lake, several spring-fed ponds, colorful gardens, and 110 acres of vineyards. With seating on two decks and an outdoor picnic area beneath a grape-strewn arbor, it’s the perfect location to enjoy a glass of wine and a snack. As we like to say, “Come for the wine, stay for the views.”
- Atwater Estate Vineyards - One of the most spectacular, panoramic views overlooking Seneca Lake. This 80-acre farm-winery boasts an enviable location seven miles north of Watkins Glen. Winemakers Vinny Aliperti and George Nosis have a wealth of experience and a distinctive style. They work together to create wines that are consistently clean, well-defined and expressive of our vineyard site. They also have a beautiful deck with panoramic views perfect for enjoying a glass of wine while watching the sunset.
- Belhurst Estate Winery - With three hotels, two restaurants, winery and craft beer and spa-salon this place is a must stay. located on the shores of Seneca Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes, its uniquely designed tasting room provides a relaxed atmosphere overlooking beautiful Seneca Lake. Visitors can enjoy their award-winning Belhurst wines and new craft beer, Mabel’s Oat Soda Co. If you're traveling with a beer lover or sober friend this Winery also offers has a craft beer and ciders in their tasting room, so there’s something for everyone’s taste buds!
Why visit NY State Wineries? Well… Wine Enthusiast just named The New York Wine & Grape Foundation's executives Sam Filler and Paul Brady Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 Tastemakers list for their efforts in supporting sustainability efforts and has spearheaded marketing initiatives to elevate the image of New York wines. The Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 list recognizes the young winemakers, brewers, beverage directors, grape growers, and other movers and shakers who are changing today's beverage industry. What better way to celebrate our newly won accolades than a visit to one of our beautiful wineries?
So, whether you're a wine novice looking to learn and explore, a wine lover or if you're bringing along a sober friend, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail has the right experience for everyone.