The Top 5 Watkins Glen Wineries

Savor regional favorites with a Watkins Glen winery getaway near Idlwilde Inn and sample the best of what our lovely wine area has to offer. To help you get started on your tasting tour, we’ve put together a list of our five favorite Watkins Glen wineries, all within a 20-minute drive from the inn! That way, you can spend less time planning and more time exploring what makes this area so unique. You can branch out from the inn and explore with a cozy home base to return to after the day’s adventures.

wine tasting on the Seneca Lake wine trail

1. Lakewood Vineyards

Easily the closest winery to the inn, with just a breezy 6-minute drive to Lakewood Vineyard’s wide variety of wonderful offerings and refreshing wines. Get an insight into the winemaking process and then taste the delicious fruits of their labor with tours, tastings, and so much more! They have classic wines and profiles along with more everyday options and even their own delectable dessert wines and ports.

a couple on a wine cellar tour near Watkins Glen

2. Ryan William Vineyard

This family-owned winery located in the charming town of Burdett is nestled amidst rolling hills and the serene countryside. With a location less than ten minutes from the inn, Ryan William Vineyard is a must-visit and is known for producing some of the finest wines in the region. From classic reds to crisp whites, visitors can indulge in a wide range of exquisite wines, all made from locally grown grapes. The tasting room at Ryan William Vineyard offers a warm and inviting ambiance, perfect for sipping on delicious wines while enjoying the breathtaking views of Seneca Lake!

a tray of wine and accompaniments at a wine tasting near Idlwilde Inn

3. Atwater Estate Vineyards

Award-winning wines and a stunning view of the lake make for an unforgettable visit to Atwater Estate Vineyards, just a 13-minute drive away. Enjoy fun and casual wine tastings ideal for both novice tasters and experts alike with delicious pairings like cheese, charcuterie, and other tasty accompaniments. Make sure to keep an eye out for special events like after-hours musical performances from local artists, pub nights, wine pairing dinners, and educational tasting sessions.

a couple drinking wine at a Watkins Glen winery

4. Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard

An estate winery of the highest caliber, Hermann J. Wiemer produces cultivated small-batch wines made from only the best grapes. It’s a bit farther away than some of the others at 16 minutes, but the wine is more than worth the drive! Their specialty is Rieslings, a dedication running in the family for over 300 years and originating from Bernkastel, Germany, the home of some of the best Riesling in the world. Stop by and taste the dedication, the result of a winery’s unmatched commitment to the preservation of both the past and the future. All of their grapes are grown with no herbicides, are hand-picked and hand-sorted, and grown using ecologically friendly methods for a wine tasting you can feel good about.

wine being poured at a wine tasting

5. Boundary Breaks Vineyard

Boundary Breaks Vineyard is a must-visit when staying with us. Located half an hour away, this picturesque vineyard sits on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake and its stunning location is matched only by the quality of the wines it produces. Visitors can enjoy a tasting in the modern and stylish tasting room or take a stroll through the vineyards to learn more about the winemaking process. With exceptional wines and breathtaking views, Boundary Breaks Vineyard is a must-visit for any wine lover sampling the best in New York!

Find a Romantic Room Nearby

Explore the beauty of the Finger Lakes and all of Watkin Glen’s wineries with a romantic getaway at Idlwilde Inn. We have everything you need for a memorable stay, including cozy accommodations with king and queen beds, private baths, and views of the lake in many rooms. Wake up every morning to a scrumptious breakfast featuring traditional shrimp & grits, egg and sausage casserole, seasonal fruit, and freshly baked pastries for a wonderful start to wine-tasting adventures. Book today and get away from it all with a relaxing stay at Idlwilde.

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