Finger Lakes is Wine Country in New York. Wine regions are Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga. In these regions, you wonder, how many wineries in Finger Lakes. There are over 100 wineries in the Finger Lakes that are producing world-class wines. They produce aromatic whites like Gewurztraminer and Riesling and the cool climate produces reds like Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.
When you plan your trip Upstate New York, Finger Lakes wines are a good gift to return to the city with. Your friends will appreciate it. And if they don’t, dump your friends and keep the wines for yourself. Here is a list of five must try wineries, probable because they are some of the best wineries in the Finger Lakes.
Dr. Konstantin Frank is the father of wine growing in Finger Lakes. The plant science professor was the first to manage to grow vitis vinifera in the cold Finger Lakes. The winery runs their tasting room in in the home of Dr. Frank in Keuka Lake and his family still runs the winery. Known for: Salmon Run, their value brand and their sparkling wine operation, Chateau Frank. Other wines are Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir.
Where: Hammondsport, NY
German immigrant Hermann Wiemer is known to grow classic European vinifera variety in the Seneca Lake region in 1976. Wiemer Winery has nine varieties of Rieslings from dry to late harvest.
Known for: Of course their Riesling. They also have Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Where: Dundee, NY
On the shores of Cayuga Lake Sheldrake Point Winery tasting room brings out its best wines. The winery is known to experiment which wins them highest ranking in Finger Lakes, like for their Wild Fermented Riesling Ice Wine.
Known for: Riesling, Ice/Dessert wines, Pinot Gris and Gamay Noir.
Where: Ovid, NY
Morten Hallgren, the owner of Ravines Wine Cellars is from Provence in France. This probably where this boutique winery gets its French influence. And this is probably what led to it being named one of the world’s top 100 wineries by Wine Spectator magazine. Ravines Wine Cellars overlooks the glacier carved Seneca Lake.
Known for: Alsatian styled Rieslings
Where: Geneva, NY
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars produces sustainably grown wines for the past three generations. The award winning wines can be tasted in their Greek Revival building with amazing views. The wines are produced in Lamoreaux Landing on the shores of Seneca Lake.
Known for: Muscat Ottonel, Gruner Veltliner, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. The Riesling is omnipresent in the region.
Where: Lodi, NY
Other than these Finger Lakes wineries, there are many more to explore. And while you are out there exploring, here is a map of Finger Lakes wineries that will assist you to hit them all up.