Driving up to the Finger Lakes on Monday, 5/23/16, we planned on tasting wines from several wineries on Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake for two days. As a retirement experience it was great to be able to go up on a weekday where lodging was easy to get and the wineries were not crowded.
The Finger Lakes are made up of several long, thin lakes that look like fingers when looking at them on a map. Cayuga Lake, Seneca Lake, and Keuka Lake are the primary lakes that have most of the wineries. The climate and soil are ideal for Rieslings.
The first day we visited wineries on Seneca Lake. We tasted at Lakewood Vineyards Winery, Fulkerson Winery, Glenora Wine Cellars, and Barnstorm Winery. Lakewood was our favorite where we bought a case of wine. Our favorite wine from this region is their dry Rieslings. ( http://lakewoodvineyards.com )
The second day we visited wineries on Cayuga Lake. We tasted at Swedish Hill Winery, Goose Watch Winery, Knapp Winery, Lucas Vineyards, Sheldrake Point Winery, and Hosmer Winery. Swedish Hill was our favorite at this lake where we again bought a case. They have excellent dry sparkling wines. (http://swedishhill.com/)
To round out the experience, we stayed at a Bed and Breakfast right on Cayuga Lake -Driftwood Inn ( http://www.driftwoodny.com ). Being right on the lake, we could watch the sunset. We also took out their kayaks on the lake each morning.