Seneca Shore Wine Cellars

Interview with David DeMarco of Seneca Shore Wine Cellars


If we are not too crowded on your next visit, ask to see the barrel room (stacked 4 layers high), which is next to our bottling and labeling line. Compared to other Finger Lakes wineries, we are still only half the size of the average. So far we have been able to maintain our goal of friendly service, and good wine at an extremely affordable price. We feel we provide excellent value for our visitors.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Medieval Winery of the Finger Lakes.


  • Produces, and sells premium Finger Lakes wines.

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Estate Vineyards / AVA

Our 48 acres of award winning vineyards were started in 1979, and produce Gold Medal Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot, and other vinifera varieties such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Lemberger, as well as Port, Sherry, and Fruit Wines. We also have 35 great value table wines, all set in a Medieval theme. Come Visit!!

In the mid-1970s our site, on the north western shore of Seneca Lake, was selected for several basic reasons.

1) The soil on the site had a large proportion of Limestone mixed with the loam, thanks to the last Ice-age Glacier. This gave us a soil pH=6.9 (neutral), instead of the much more acidic soil of the south end of the Lake at pH=4.6. Neutral soil is great for European Vinifera varieties (Riesling, Merlot), whereas acidic soil is good for Native American Labrusca vines (Concord & Niagara).

2) The site is on the shore of Seneca Lake, the deepest of the Finger Lakes. This allows the stored warmth of the lake that is released through-out the Winter to keep the vines above the minimum bud killing temperature of -16F.

3) The site is between two large canyons; the Keuka Lake Outlet, and Kashong Creek. Small summer thunderstorms tend to track into the canyons, leaving little rain on our site. This was beneficial to keep the diseases of mold and mildew subdued. In our current drought conditions, it would be nice to have additional rain however.


2013 Pinot Grigio wins Double Gold at 2014 Indy International Wine Competition

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929 Davy Rd
Penn Yan, New York 14527
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