Wineries, Breweries, Etc.
The Finger Lakes Region is home to approximately 125 wineries and a growing number of breweries, distilleries and cideries. As you may be aware, the Finger Lakes’ craft beverage scene has exploded in recent years, and the number of these establishments is ever growing and spread throughout the entire region. As is fast becoming common knowledge among wine enthusiasts, the Finger Lakes Region is one of the finest cold-climate wine regions in the world, and its wines are increasingly being recognized as truly world-class wines. Given the large number of great wineries in the region, we have elected to focus in this section on a sampling of some of our favorites located on the western shore of Seneca Lake (where Plum Point Lodge is located), which is the largest of the Finger Lakes and the one with by far the most wineries located on its shores. Some of the breweries, distilleries and cideries selected are reasonably close to Plum Point Lodge, but others are further afield.
Shaw Vineyard is a Finger Lakes artisanal winery dedicated to gentle processing, cellar aging, and risk taking. Since 2002, Shaw has stretched the limits of cool-climate winemaking, experimenting with hands-on, old world methods making beautifully balanced Finger Lakes wines.
Herman J. Wiemer Vineyard has been selected as one of the Wine & Spirits Magazine’s top 100 wineries of 2018, the 9th time in the last 10 years that it has received this honor. Wiemer’s vineyards span 80-acres of prime vineyard land on the western slopes of Seneca Lake, just two miles south of Plum Point Lodge.
Located in a Greek revival mansion overlooking Seneca Lake, at Miles Wine Cellars you can enjoy award-winning Riesling and Cabernet Franc, and its” famous “Ghost Wine”, among other wines. In addition, the winery boasts a small inn and café, and boaters can access it by stopping at its boat dock.
Villa Bellangelo’s beautifully remodeled tasting room offers visitors exceptional panoramic views of Seneca Lake. Bellangelo crafts an impressive and highly-acclaimed line of dry vinifera wines, as well as its signature sparkling moscato, with a line of sweet blends under the Scooter Wine Label. This is a perfect spot for dry and sweet drinkers alike!
Glenora Wine Cellars specializes in high quality sparking wines, Reislings and a wide variety of other wines ranging from red and white vinifera wines to innovative blends, dessert and fruit wines. One of the oldest wineries in the Region, visitors will find a Glenora wine to please every palate.
Fulkerson Winery specializes in estate-grown dry and sweet wines from vinifera and native varieties. This family-owned winery is situated on land held by the same family since the early 1800s. Its home-wine making shop and seasonal fresh juice for purchase program make Fulkerson’s a must stop for the home winemaker.
One of the Finger Lakes’ newer wineries, Kemmeter Wines specializes in Reisling. Its winemaker, Johannes Reinhardt, came to the Finger Lakes from Germany, where his family had produced wine for centuries. We think you will find this to be one of your more interesting winery stops, but you must call ahead for a tasting reservation.
Named after the two nesting pair hawks who live in the woods surrounding the vineyards, Red Tail Ridge Winery is a boutique winery specializing in limited production wines, reflecting its belief that quality is more important than quantity. Red Tail Ridge is a short drive up the lake (north) from Plum Point Lodge.
Fox Run Vineyards breaks down the barriers to the wine experience. Offering in-depth tours of the vineyard and winemaking facility, a friendly and knowledgeable staff, and a Café that features a fully house-made menu with produce from its own garden. Fox Run is family-owned, and has been making estate wines since 1989.
Lakewood Vineyards is an established, family-owned winery located just north of Watkins Glen, NY on State Route 14. From sweet to dry, red to sparkling white, there’s a Lakewood Vineyards wine to satisfy every palate and celebrate any occasion. You might also enjoy using its great picnic area!
Billsboro Winery crafts dry classic European varietal wines grown by Seneca Lake’s best vineyards. Focusing on small scale production, Billsboro devotes its attention to providing high quality products that are increasingly being recognized for their excellence. Also, you are sure to enjoy the ambience of its tasting room.
The award-winning winemaker at Ravines Wine Cellars hails from France, and the winery rests on a hillside overlooking Seneca Lake. Its Seneca Lake tasting room is housed in a beautiful historic barn with high wooden beams and a slate roof. Ravines offers a variety of wines, from award winning Riesling’s to deep and complex red wines.
Climbing Bines Hop Farm & Brewery is one of few area farm breweries that has its own hop farm. Located just a few miles north of Plum Point Lodge, Climbing Bines specializes in small batch, hand-crafted ales brewed on-site with the freshest estate-grown hops and barley harvested on Seneca Lake.
Abandon Brewing Company provides families and friends a relaxed atmosphere in an early 1800’s renovated barn, on a hill overlooking Keuka Lake. Abandon prides itself on producing stellar, crafted beers, accompanied with exceptional tasting room service. A pavilion has been added to host outdoor events.
WeBe Brewing Company is a farm and micro-brewery, located in Geneva, NY. WeBe, which opened on March 31, 2018, prides itself on producing small, quality batches of beer, and is rapidly gaining local distribution. It is also proud to work with a local farmer to recycle all of its spent grain, so nothing goes to waste.
Bottomless Brewery is one of the area’s newest and most popular breweries, brewing handcrafted beer onsite in an iconic old dairy barn that has been transformed into a modern and unique brewing and tasting facility. Many of its beers can be found on tap in local restaurants and bars.
Grist Iron Brewing Company is a microbrewery based in Hector, NY, on the east side of Seneca Lake. Grist Iron boasts a unique variety of brews, and a menu of fresh pub-style food items that always pair well with what's on tap. The brewery hosts live music every weekend, and special events throughout the year.
What started out as an idea tossed around a bar in Rochester became a dream the founders of this brewery couldn’t shake. So they turned that dream into Young Lion Brewing Company. We think you’ll not only enjoy the beer, but you’ll love the brewery’s location at the north end of Canandaigua Lake.
Finger Lakes Distilling On Route 414 on the east side of Seneca Lake, is a New York State farm distillery, using locally grown fruits and grains to produce a range of high-quality, handmade spirits, including vodka, gin, whiskey, grappa and a variety of liqueurs and brandies. Finger Lakes Distilling’s tasting room directly overlooks the production area.
Myer Farm Distillers is nestled amid the thriving wineries of the Cayuga Wine Trail’s west side, with a distillery designed to reflect the old distilleries of Scotland. Myers Farm uses certified organic grain from its own farm—one of the largest and oldest currently operating organic farms in the northeast US—to distill a range of spirits.
Kashong Creek Craft Cider produces fine hard ciders with apples grown in the Finger Lakes. Its Linden Street tasting room is in the heart of downtown Geneva and serves its own Kashong Creek ciders as well as wine, beer, and spirits from a multitude of other regions. Stop by and have a taste of something delicious!
Finger Lakes Cider House at Good Life Farm is the hub of the hard cider renaissance in New York apple country. Located on scenic Route 89 along Cayuga Lake in Interlaken, this cidery’s tasting room features local hard ciders, charcuterie and cheese plates, plus weekly dinners with live music.