Finger Lakes Wineries
If you look at a map of New York State, you will see what looks like claw mark tearing a strip in the area between Rochester and Syracuse. What you are seeing is not a flaw in the map, but rather the long, narrow waterways that make up the Finger Lakes region of the state. It is a truly stunning part of the great state of New York, and it’s also an area that is home to a fantastic collection of wineries and tasting rooms. If you have ever thought of hitting the wine trail while you take in some truly awe inspiring scenery, the wineries in Finger Lakes might well be where you should head to.
One of the great things about the Finger Lakes wineries is that they have a location that is central to most of the major cities in the northeast of the state. You are never really more than a few hours from any of those cities, which means that day trips are very much an option. That said, this is a large area, so you may want to devote a larger chunk of time if you want to take in all that the region has to offer. As you travel the region, you will find plenty of great little towns to explore, dine in, and perhaps stay in before heading on to the next leg of your journey.
To make things a little easier, you would be advised to choose a location that can serve as a starting point to your Finger Lakes wine tasting adventure. For many, that means setting up base camp in Elmira, NY. This is a town that is very much considered the gateway to Finger Lakes wine country. The benefit of settling here, other than the proximity to the wineries, is that there are plenty of great things to see and do in the down time between wine tasting trips.
If you want to get a little closer to the water, you will get a kick out of the Finger Lakes wineries that are located on the banks of the major lakes in the region. Cayuga Lake is the longest of the waterways at almost 40 miles long, and it is also home to the oldest wine trail in the area. Seneca Lake is the second largest of the lakes, and it has 36 member wineries dotted along its official wine trail. Finally, the Y-shaped Keuka Lake is the place to go if you are looking for a little touch of history with your wine tasting. The vineyards here have a story to tell that stretches back years, making it one of the most interesting wine trails in the area.
New York State is one of the most beautiful of all 50 states, and it’s fair to say that the area in and around Finger Lakes is more than a little responsible for that beauty. It is home to incredible scenery, great towns, and some of the best wines currently being produced in the US.