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Finger Lakes Wineries

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Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Keuka Lake Wine Trail

Canandaigua Wine Trail

Where it all began: Dr. Frank

Finger Lakes Terroir

Maybe you had no idea that there were wineries in upstate New York and you were just visiting for the scenery.  Well, you've got a pleasant surprise waiting for you. 

The difficult climate of the region (hard winters and unpredictable summers) would defeat the vintners of California, France and most other wine-producing regions.  The steep slopes and the large lakes combine to create very local microclimates.  The geology of the Finger Lakes is a combination of shales, siltstones and limestones over which has been smeared a glacial till scraped off the bedrock between here and the Canadian Shield.  All of these factors (and more) go into creating the terroir of the Finger Lakes wines.  In other words, you're not in Kansas anymore, Toto.

The white wines have been very good for 20 years, but in recent years the reds have really come along very nicely.  In addition to the cabernet francs, pinot noirs and baco noirs that have been grown for some time, you can now also find merlot and cabernet sauvignon grapes grown along the shaly slopes of the Finger Lakes.

Many of these wineries are small and informal.  It has been said that the Finger Lakes region, in terms of the quality of the wine and the casual feeling of the setting, is where Napa and Sonoma were back in the 1970s.

Trumansburg is between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, so these wine trails may keep you busy.  There are other wine trails for Keuka and Canandaigua Lakes.  Also there are additional wineries that are not members of the trail associations.

McLallen House :: 30 McLallen Street :: Trumansburg, New York  14886

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