Friday, October 25, 2013

Visiting the Finger Lakes Wine Country | HUNT Real Estate ERA

During this time of the year, the Finger Lakes are a great place to visit. Nestled in the western part of Central New York are a formation of eleven lakes that resemble the shapes of fingers.  The area surrounding the lakes is beautiful and contains a large majority of vineyards and plantings.  This specific area actually contains 11,000 acres of vineyards, which in turn makes it New York’s largest wine growing region.

The lakes actually play a major part in the viticulture of the area. The deep lakes moderate the microclimate, and stored heat is released during the cooler months.  As a result, early season frost is prevented and the local climate remains mild compared to other areas of the region.  Because they plant the vines on the hillsides of the lakes, better drainage, sun exposure and reduced frost risk combine for an ideal growing and wine experience.
Wine making has been a major part of the culture in the Finger Lakes. Since 1829, people have been making wine in the area, and now there are nearly one hundred wineries operating in the Finger Lakes Region. There are plenty of trails to visit, especially this time of the year. The fall colors, cooler, crisp air and hearty meals we eat accompany a visit to the wine trails agreeably.
Take a weekend and plan a visit to some of these wonderful Finger Lakes Wine Trails.

Seneca Lake Wine Trail – There are still some wonderful events to attend, including the November Deck The Halls Weekend at the end of November.  It’s the weekend following Thanksgiving, so if you have family in town, you can plan something around your family. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail has 34 wineries to visit.  Click here for a list of wineries, trail maps and a list of remaining events in 2013.

Keuka Lake Wine Trail – This is a smaller wine trail compared to Seneca, but it still has seven wineries to visit along the trail. There are two remaining weekends to visit the trail for Keuka Holidays I and II. As they say on their site, “Ring in the holiday season at one of our Keuka Holidays weekends…every year a sell-out! Each winery offers tastes of their finest wines complemented small plates of hearty winter foods. Ticket holders receive a handmade grapevine wreath at their starting winery and collect an ornament at each winery. The wineries will be alive with holiday decorations and cheer, and gift shops stocked with unique and locally crafted items perfect for holiday gift-giving.”

Cayuga Lakes Wine Trail – Cayuga Lake has 15 wineries, a cidery, a meadery (honey wine) and four distilleries to visit. There are two remaining shopping sprees to check out before we head into the New Year. Along the trail, you can find plenty of bed and breakfasts, accommodations, shopping and restaurants.  There are plenty of transportation and tour companies around the area too, so if you want to enjoy your wine tour and leave the driving to someone else, you can!

Peter F. Hunt