In the heart of Finger Lakes wine country, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail offers a whole host of opportunities to learn about and enjoy the region’s wines. Originally known for their production of rieslings, the area has grown in recent decades to produce many varietals that are sure to delight. One of the perks of staying at Idlwilde Inn in nearby Watkins Glen is being able to explore the bounty of the Finger Lakes wine region. Below are a few of our personal favorites, offering up a variety of atmospheres and wines that are sure to make for a memorable afternoon on the trail!
On a sunny day, Boundary Breaks is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxed afternoon. Featuring a large outdoor space with expansive views of Seneca Lake, this winery is a bit off the beaten path but absolutely worth the drive. Claim a few Adirondack chairs or a picnic table and enjoy wine by the bottle, glass, or flight. They also offer a guided tasting if you’re interested in learning the ins and outs of their wine production process. Boundary Breaks is particularly loved by those traveling with a pup – their property features a dog run so your furry friend can enjoy some time playing safely with other dogs while you sip on your wine!
Calling all red wine lovers! Shalestone features a menu of unique and complex red wines. This family-run winery provides a warm and engaging tasting atmosphere for casual tasters and wine enthusiasts, alike. Shalestone’s tasting room is on the smaller side, and in the name of customer experience, they are currently reservation-only, so be sure to call ahead when you’re planning your trip. Tell them Marcus & Elin sent you!
Perfect for some midday light bites, Hector Wine Company features a small artisan market in their tasting room that offers up a variety of locally-sourced baked goods, produce, and packaged treats. Grab a fresh baguette, an assortment of cheese and cured meats, and head to one of Hectors’ outdoor tables. Enjoy a glass (or two!) of Hector wine and some snacks in a laid-back atmosphere. On the weekends during the summer, Hector Wine Company also hosts food trucks. Shuck Yeah! Can often be found at Hector Wine Company, presenting a variety of New England-style seafood offerings to customers.
For a comprehensive list of wineries along Seneca Lake, visit Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s searchable map, which allows you to filter by wine styles, amenities, and tasting offerings to ensure you find the perfect locale to fit your tastes! Make sure to elevate your wine tasting getaway by booking a stay at Idlwilde Inn, a romantic Finger Lakes bed and breakfast. Enjoy elegant and spacious accommodations along with memorable breakfasts, and bring home some of your recent purchases to enjoy a glass of wine on the expansive front porch.