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The Wine Trails of the Finger Lakes

10/11/08

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The wines of New York State have been making a name for themselves over the years and now rival the wines of California, from Napa Valley, and Sonoma Valley. The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is the longest running wine trail in New York State. With over fifteen wineries and sixty restaurants, bed and breakfasts and tour companies, you will want to spend the entire week-end on a wine, culinary and scenic experience.

Cayuga Lake is one of the five Finger Lakes nestled in the center of New York State. Its climate is idea for growing grapes. The wineries of the Cayuga Lake area lie 1 hour from Rochester and Syracuse, 2 hours from Buffalo, 4 hours from New York City 6 hours from Boston and 2½ hours from Albany, the state capitol. The wineries lie all along the west and east sides of the lake with the majority of them on the west side of the lake. Visitors can also experience Watkins Glen state park as well as visit Cornell University, which are near the wineries. Picturesque and breathtaking waterfalls and other natural splendors along the lake create a relaxing atmosphere while traveling along the wine trail.

The Cayuga lake wine trail is a year-round experience, and each season brings about a different set of activities and experiences to enjoy as you sample the wines and visit some of the old historic towns. Some of the wineries along the trail include the Montezuma Winery, the Swedish Hill Vineyard, the Cobblestone Farm Winery & Vineyard, the Knapp Winery, the Goose Watch Winery, the Buttonwood Grove Winery, the Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery, the Thirsty Owl Wine Company, the Hosmer Winery, the Seldrake Point Vineyard, the Lucas Vineyards, the Americana Vineyards, the Six Mile Creek Vineyard, the King ferry Winery, and the Long Point Winery.

You can find tour and transportation companies that include everything from executive limousine service to a party bus for any size group. You can find the information from the Seneca county tourism or the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce. Many of these tour companies are located in the towns near Cayuga Lake.

The wine country in the Cayuga Lake area offers year-round events that include everything from festivals to special dinners. Many of the individual wineries also hold their own events that range from wine tastings to wine dinners. Almost every month there is a Cayuga Wine Trail event that will be a festival, a tour, or a celebration. The first event starts in February with the annual Mardi Gras, and ends in December with the annual Holiday Shopping Spree. A wine lover can buy a season pass to these Cayuga Wine Trail events and they are transferable if you would like to treat a friend or family member.

Watkins Glen, just off of the Cayuga Lake trail and right below Seneca Lake, hosts the region’s largest celebration of wine featuring over 75 wineries. The festival occurs every July and is a great place to experience not only the Cayuga Lake wines, but the wines from the rest of the Finger Lakes Region as well.

New York wines are quickly becoming the worlds most well know secret when it comes to wines outside of California. Their variety and quality matches that of the more well know wine producing areas in the country, and the scenery of the Finger Lakes area is not to be matched by other regions in the country.

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Almost all of the major wine regions usually sponsor a wine tour, or have one of their own with their own winery. To get a better experience of the wines in a particular area, it is usually a good idea to take the wine tours that go to several wineries. They can be as simple as a bike tour to an expensive yacht trip.

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