Vineyards at Keuka Springs

Vineyards at Keuka Springs

Every summer of my life I have visited Keuka Lake, the Y-shaped Finger Lake. My parents grew up in the Village of Penn Yan at the north end of the lake. It was a place that drew my ancestors from Ireland, who settled around there and in southern areas of the Finger Lakes Region. 
     We’d stay at Aunt Mary’s cottage on the east side of Keuka usually in August. That was when the grape growers were most concerned about birds such as crows and starlings feasting on their harvest. Scare “guns” would fire continuously to frighten voracious intruders away from the vineyards surrounding the cottage on those long, hot afternoons.
     Back then, vacations to Keuka would not be complete without a visit to one of the wineries in Hammondsport. It was a special moment when you “graduated” from a child drinking grape juice to an adult tasting wine. Back then there were three wineries I recall visiting: Great Western, Taylor and Gold Seal. 

Recipe: Hot Parmesan Snacks - 1 C mayo, 1/3 C grated parmesan, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 tsp onion salt, 1 TBSP Great Western N.Y.S. Solera Sherry. Combine ingredients and fold together (do not beat or whip). Spread thickly on toast cutouts or crisp crackers. Sprinkle with paprika and broil until bubbly & brown. Makes 30.

Recipe: Hot Parmesan Snacks - 1 C mayo, 1/3 C grated parmesan, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 tsp onion salt, 1 TBSP Great Western N.Y.S. Solera Sherry. Combine ingredients and fold together (do not beat or whip). Spread thickly on toast cutouts or crisp crackers. Sprinkle with paprika and broil until bubbly & brown. Makes 30.

 The most elegant was Great Western, where after an impressive tour through the winery you were escorted into the champagne vault for hot hors d’oeuvres (I still have the recipe pamphlet) and a choice of two full glasses of any of their wines. (Free!) Gold Seal brought you out to a wine tasting porch with a great view of the lake after its tour. Then after the free tasting (that included cheese and crackers), you had to climb down very steep metal stairs to get back to the parking lot. (A whole lot of teetering occurred on those stairs….)
     After the Farm Winery Act was passed by the New York State Legislature in 1976, farms were now able to run small wineries. New ones sprouted up in rapid succession across the Finger Lakes. Today there are scores of wineries in this region on the three major lakes.
     Below are websites for Finger Lakes wineries categorized by lake. If you know one I’m missing, please send it to me here. For a thorough guide on lodging, dining (some great chefs are at work here!), events and wineries throughout the Finger Lakes region, visit Finger Lakes Wine Country.
     UPDATE: They have just made things easier for you by releasing an iPhone app complete with all sorts of information on wineries, things to do, dining and acommodations in the Finger Lakes Wine Region. Download this FREE app at the Apple app store.

Canandaigua Lake

Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery
Casa Larga Vineyards
Finger Lakes Wine Center at Sonnenberg Gardens
Imagine Moore Winery
New York Wine & Culinary Center
Widmer’s Wine Cellars
Wilhemus Estate Winery 

Cayuga Lake

Americana Vineyards
Bellwether Hard Cider
Buttonwood Grove Winery
Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery
Cobblestone Farm Winery
Frontenac Point Vineyard
Goose Watch Winery
Heart & Hands Winery
Hosmer Winery
King Ferry Winery
Knapp Vineyards
Long Point Winery
Lucas Vineyards
Montezuma Winery
Sheldrake Point Vineyard
Six Mile Creek Vineyard
Swedish Hill Vineyard
Thirsty Owl Wine Company

Conesus Lake

Deer Run Winery
Eagle Crest Vineyards

Keuka Lake

 

Seneca Lake

Anthony Road Wine Company
Arcadian Estate Winery
Ashley Lynn Winery
Atwater Estate Vineyards
Belhurst Winery
Bet The Farm NY
Billsboro Winery
Bloomer Creek Vineyard
Cascata Winery
Castel Grisch Winery
Catharine Valley Winery
Caywood Vineyards
Chateau Lafayette Reneau
Damiani Wine Cellars
Earle Estates Meadery
Four Chimneys Organic Winery
Fox Run Vineyards
Fruit Yard Winery
Fulkerson Winery
Glenora Wine Cellars
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard
Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars
Kings Garden Vineyards
Lakewood Vineyards
Lamoureaux Landing Wine Cellars
Leidenfrost Vineyards
Miles Wine Cellars
Penguin Bay
Pompous Ass Winery
Prejean Winery
Red Newt Cellars
Red Tail Ridge Winery
Rock Stream Vineyards
Seneca Shore Winery
Silver Springs Winery
Three Brothers Wineries & Estates (includes Passion Feet, Stony Lonesome & Rogue’s Hollow wineries)
Shaw Vineyard
Standing Stone Vineyards
Tickle Hill Winery
Torrey Ridge Winery
Ventosa Vineyards
Villa Bellangelo
Wagner Vineyards
White Springs Winery

Zugibe Vineyards
 
 

Skaneateles Lake

Beak & Skiff Apple Farm Winery