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“Great Fun!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Seneca Lake Wine Trail
2 North Franklin Street, Suite 320, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
(877) 536-2717
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Ranked #4 of 19 Attractions in Watkins Glen
Type: Trails, Wineries, Food & Drink
Activities: Driving, Biking
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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“Great Fun!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2008

Just got back from my second visit to the wine trail. My first was using the "Polar Pass" about 8 months ago, and this time we did the big "Deck the Halls" event. It was a blast! Excellent wine, some great food pairings, and so many places to visit and explore.

We stayed in Watkins Glen (see separate review of Echoes of the Glen B&B) both times, and we love the place.

We are looking forward to returning. Our only regret is that we haven't visited in the warmer weather!

(Photos are on another computer, but I'll definitely put some up soon!)

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Rochester, NY
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“Amazing, local wines!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2007

The Seneca Lake wine trail is beautiful, warm, friendly and an amazing bargain (you can do a tasting at most wineries for $1 - 4). At most places the staff is knowledgable, inviting and make you feel right at home. I am a huge, huge, HUGE fan of Damiani, Shalestone, and the Red Newt. The reds at Damiani and Shalestone are not to be missed, and the bistro at the Red Newt provided a lovely atmosphere and delicious food. The highlight of our trip was a dinner at Dano's Heuriger. The structure was gorgeous, the food was unique AND delicious and the staff was incredibly helpful, service oriented and friendly. Overall I would recommend the region to anyone looking for a great way to discover excellent wines in a romantic setting. What an experience!

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Syracuse, New York
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“World class Rieslings... and more!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2005

Being a bit of a wine snob, I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the wines available in the Finger Lakes wine country. The area is known for its Rieslings, but many wineries also make wonderful wine from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewurtz, Vidal Blanc, Lemberger, Cab Franc - and more. The wineries appeal to different tastes and budgets, but if you are looking for the best quality - on Seneca Lake, visit Standing Stone, Atwater Estates, Wagner, Chateau Lafayette Reneau, Silver Thread, Fox Run, and Herman J. Wiemer (among others). On Keuka, visit Ravines, Dr. Frank's, Heron Hill, and MacGregors. On Cayuga, try Sheldrake Point, Hosmer, Goosewatch (can be hit or miss), and Belweather Hard Cider (for very dry, complex cider). Having traveled to several winemaking regions in North America (e.g., Napa, Sonoma, Sante Ynez, Niagara Peninsula), the Finger Lakes surpasses them in natural beauty, value, and historical attractions, and rivals them in quality.

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“Loved the wine trail...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2005

There are so many wineries to visit, it takes more than a day to get to them all. I'm more of a sweet, table wine drinker and not in to the chards and cabs, so I love the sweet varietals that the wineries around the lake offer. If you want mor eof the European style wines, I think Keuka is better for you, but if you want literally hundreds of different tastes Seneca Lake is the place. Glenora on the west side of the lake offers the most choices. Definitely will go again.

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