Over the course of the last hundred years, wine has dramatically increased in popularity. As of a few years ago, the average American consumes 2.94 gallons of wine per year. The Finger Lakes region, in particular, has been producing wines since 1829 when Reverend William Bostwick planted the first vineyard. Since then, the Finger Lakes region has become famous for its wide variety of flavorful wines. Check out our Finger Lakes Wine Trail guide to learn more about 3 of our favorite trails.
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
Our first Finger Lake wine trail is Cayuga Lake. The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail was established in 1983 – making it the oldest operating wine trail in the United States. Mary Plane founded the wine trail as she banded together with four other vineyards to increase tourism around the lake. Nowadays, the Cayuga Wine Trail consists of 16 wineries as well as cideries, a meadery, four distilleries, and a taproom. This variety of beverage producers provides something for everyone. Well at least everyone 21 years and older. While enjoying the abundance of drinks, check out local attractions like the Corning Museum of Glass or Gourdlandia.
Keuka Lake Wine Trail
The next Finger Lakes wine trail we enjoy is Keuka Lake. This wine trail has also made its own history. Keuka Lake features the country’s first bonded winery, meaning it has the first legal winery. Additionally, this area of the Finger Lakes began a resurgence of wine-making in the region through the planting of vinifera vines. Despite the wine trail consisting of only eight vineyards, this wine trail has one of the most diverse offerings. Wine experts recognize Keuka Lake for the balanced flavor of their Cabernet Franc and Riesling wines. This trail hosts Signature Events where attendees can experience delightful food and wine pairings throughout the spring and fall seasons.
Seneca Lake Wine Trail
When compared to the other Finger Lakes wine trails, Seneca Lake is by far the largest. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail features 35 wineries, a distillery, two cider producers, two breweries and a meadery. This wine trail is possible because of the micro-climate around the lake. Both delicate and hardy varieties grow on the gentle slopes of the lake front. In 1882, the state decided to nurture this ideal grape-growing region by building the Agricultural Experiment Station on the North side of the lake. This allowed researchers to study different varieties and their growing conditions. This support has helped Seneca Lake grow into the wine powerhouse it is today. Enjoy what Seneca Lake has to offer by tasting the wine and appreciating the view.
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