If you want to be herded like cattle through a massive tourist trap tasting sub-par wines, there are many OTHER places you can go on Seneca Lake. If you are looking for a winemaker/ owner who is a caretaker of the land and carefully handcrafts each wine into exquisite balance with great finesse and skill, you might wish to consider Silver Thread.
Nestled into the hillside with vineyards rolling down to Seneca Lake, Silver Thread is a tiny gem of a winery that was great in the past and only improving under new owners (the Brocks.) You'll travel down a long winding gravel road meandering ever closer to the deepest part of Seneca Lake before you are gently guided to the small wooden home of Silver Thread.
Your tasting may include the crisp Dry Riesling, or the dry style Gewurztraminer, perhaps you will indulge in the single vineyard riesling tasting or try the fantastic Dry Reds with the deep, strong Blackbird (Cab Sauv and Cab Franc) and Pinot Noir leading the way. My favorite little sleeper of a wine is the Good Earth White - a value priced wine (I think it was $12?) which was a blend of that Gewurz, Vidal Blanc and Riesling. It smells heavenly and was perfect for the hot day we visited. If it is spring time or recently rained, see if you can get some directions to the lovely waterfall they have on site.
Take the time to journey just a little bit off of the beaten path and enjoy an afternoon at Silver Thread. You'll feel like you discovered your own new private winery. You can thank me later.
Note - this winery is not terribly handicapped accessible, though they were happy to bring my mom a chair when she needed to sit during the tasting.
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