The Lake Ontario Wine Trail stretches from the eastern corner of Monroe County, encompasses the vast majority of Wayne County and now stretches into Cayuga County. The shores of Lake Ontario are home to wineries, distilleries, cideries, and farms that produce fruit renowned in the state. The soil and climate of the region are great for the wines, spirits, and hard ciders, each bottle handcrafted.
The Lake Ontario Wine Trail comprises more than wineries, distilleries and cideries; their membership has grown to include Bed & Breakfasts, restaurants, farmers’ markets and shops. The Trail is accessible either as a day trip or visitors could make a weekend of it.
The Lake Ontario Wine Trail Annual Event
During their annual Christmas Around the World weekend event (December 2 and 3, 2017), you’ll get to sample the award-winning wine, cider and spirits that the Lake Ontario Wine Trail is known for.
The trail features eight stops, each one representing a different country. Each offers a festive food and beverage pairing — matching their wine, cider or spirits with traditional holiday dishes from the respective country.
This winter weekend in the Finger Lakes region allows one to travel “around the world” on a self-guided tour. Event tasting passports are visas to culinary treats and craft beverages at all eight stops. These passports, valid for both days, can be bought online or at the first stop on the Trail, for $20. Details on where to buy can be found in our Events section, here.
The Lake Ontario Wine Trail’s gastronomic trip around the world includes:
Apple Country Spirits (United Kingdom)
Apple Country Spirits is a farm distillery that produces fine quality, fruit based spirits – all made from the fresh fruit they grow on their fourth-generation family farm. The tasting room features hand hewn beams and reclaimed wood from one of the several 100+ year old barns located on the property. Also on tap in the rustic tasting room is their Rootstock Ciderworks hard ciders.
During Christmas Around the World, Apple Country Sprits will be pairing their spirits and ciders with traditional holiday dishes from the United Kingdom.
Casa Larga Vineyards (Italy)
In 1974, Casa Larga Vineyards started as a hobby for Andrew Colaruotolo, who wanted to produce wine reminiscent of wines produced by his family’s vineyard in Italy. Over 40 years later, Casa Larga Vineyards continues their Italian heritage with old-world style wine-making and has grown to be one of the leading wine producers in New York’s Finger Lakes Region.
Casa Larga will be serving Italian holiday dishes paired with their delicious wine selection.
Colloca Estate Winery (France)
Boasting 900 feet of pristine waterfront, Colloca Estate Winery is a winery with a view – and great taste. Their Lake Effect Vineyard is home to vinifera Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines, which account for four of their wines. Being lovers of big bold red wines, Dr. and Mrs. Colloca also source premium fruit from Barossa Valley in South Australia. Their five red wines are imported from Australia, and poured and sold exclusively in their tasting room.
Your event passport will give you a sample of these great wines along with delicious dishes from France.
Embark Craft Ciderworks (Norway)
Embark Craft Cideworks’ hard cider is made from apples grown on-site at their family farm, Lagoner Farms. The family continues to focus on the quality of their apples along with the unique attributes of each variety. Their craft ciders are known for their distinct flavor profiles ranging from dry to sweet.
Stop in during Christmas Around the World to sample their ciders while tasting seasonal dishes from Norway.
JD Wine Cellars (Sweden)
With a range of wines available (including red, white and 100% whole fruit wines), JD Wine Cellars prides itself as a family-friendly experience where everyone can find a style of wine they enjoy. The small farm winery also has an inviting back deck – so make sure to come back in the spring or summer!
Christmas Around the World visitors can expect a fun and education wine tasting, featuring kottbullar (Swedish meatballs), bruna bonor (Swedish baked brown beans) and a Swedish tea ring pastry.
Old Goat Cidery (China)
The newest member of the Lake Ontario Wine Trail, Old Goat Cidery serves hard ciders ranging from semi-sweet to dry. The idea for the cidery was born in 2016 when the family decided to take the fruit they had been growing since 1907 to make hard cider in addition to the sweet cider they were already known for.
They’ll be pairing their delicious hard cider with traditional holiday dishes from China.
Young Sommer Winery (Poland)
Young Sommer Winery is located between Williamson and Pultneyville, in the heart of New York’s largest apple growing area. They specialize in fruit and grape wines which embody the unique climate and terroir of the Lake Ontario shoreline.
During Christmas Around the World weekend, Young Sommer will be celebrating Christmas with Polish traditions centered on Christian principles. They will be serving Poleruja (Polish sausage) paired with their Dry Rose, potato and green onion stuffed Pierogi served with their Stone Will hard cider and Polish fruit-filled Kolaczki (cookies) with a toast of their Apfel Breeze, a Senshu apple wine fortified with spirits from Apple Country Spirits.
And finally, there’s the inevitable shopping. Pop’s House of Country Collectibles (Germany) offers a variety of items – from the holiday gifts to home décor – including antiques, primitives, collectibles, jewelry, nautical items. Also specialty foods.
You can sample homemade German potato salad and holiday shopping at this store.