you had no idea that there were wineries in upstate New York and you
just visiting for the scenery. Well, you've got a pleasant
waiting for you.
climate of the region (hard winters and unpredictable summers) would
the vintners of California, France and most other wine-producing
The steep slopes and the large lakes combine to create very local
The geology of the Finger Lakes is a combination of shales, siltstones
and limestones over which has been smeared a glacial till scraped off
bedrock between here and the Canadian Shield. All of these
(and more) go into creating the terroir
Finger Lakes wines. In other words, you're not in
wines have been very good for 20 years, but in recent years the reds
really come along very nicely. In addition to the cabernet
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
slopes of the Finger Lakes.
these wineries are small and informal. It has been said that
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.
is between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, so these wine trails may keep you
There are other wine trails for Keuka and Canandaigua
Also there are additional wineries that are not
the trail associations.