Sheldrake Point Winery

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Sheldrake Point Winery
4.5
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12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Joseph H
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Absolutely phenomenal winery experience. Had a reservation here for a tasting on June 17, 2022, and was absolutely blown away. First, I will begin with their service up front. Due to a technical error, the reservation got scheduled for the wrong day (June 11). Being from out of town (and making the reservation on the 11th), we would have obviously not been able to make the reservation time. I reached out and, within an hour of making the reservation, it had been moved to the right date and time.

Next, I have to give the space a huge shout out. Their tasting room is absolutely gorgeous and they have really worked to develop an interior and an exterior space that meets their clients' needs. We were tasting with our dog and they easily accommodated us outside.

Outside seating can pose some challenges and the wind definitely knocked over one of our tasters. Our waiter didn't even bat an eye. He went in and replaced the taster. Considering it came from their library selections, this wasn't a small thing. Again, I can't say enough about their service.

Finally, this was probably the best wine tasting we had in the Finger Lakes. By structuring the tasting in flights, it allowed us to simultaneously focus our tasting and work to get a variety of wines. My wife and I ordered the Beta Series flight and the Library flight. This gave us really unique interpretations, an idea of how their wines aged, and a nice mix of whites and reds. To have the library flight be only $3 more than the others was nice...I have seen other wineries charge double or triple the flight cost for such options.

All of this would be moot if the wine had been subpar. I can say enthusiastically that this was not the case! Every wine we tried was interesting and flavorful. We had to go back and forth on the bottle we wanted to take away (we eventually settled on a Beta Series Acid Head Riesling).

Overall, we tasted more than a dozen wineries in the Finger Lakes on our trip and this was our favorite. We will definitely be back when we return to the region!!
Written June 22, 2022
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Megan M
Princeton, NJ549 contributions
Couples
A friend recommended this winery when he heard we were visiting Ithaca. Luckily, it was only @15 minutes from the area we were planning on hiking. After hiking, we stopped at the Finger Lakes Cider House for lunch (it was the one of the only places to grab lunch in the area) and then headed to Sheldrake. The grounds were very nice and they overlooked the lake. Too bad it wasn’t a nice, sunny day! We could’ve sat outside and enjoyed the view. Instead we sat inside and each of us enjoyed a flight. Each flight was $12. Sweet wines are my favorite, so it was great to have a sweeter flight as an option. My husband enjoyed his flight, but wasn’t raving about it. In the end, we walked away buying three bottles of one of the wines (the 2020 Riesling Bubbles). The dessert wine was very good, but we weren’t willing to spend $60 for the bottle, and honestly, I don’t think I could drink more than a few sips. Next time we would check out another vineyard, but we were glad we visited this vineyard.
Written October 23, 2021
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Megan K
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Took our rented pontoon boat right to the beautiful dock outside the winery, picked up a bottle of their delicious rose, some plastic cups, and enjoyed the crisp, sweet wine at the waterfront picnic table. Several other cafe tables and tents were set up to space out tasters and wine lovers. Friendly staff helped make us feel safe while attempting to enjoy our first winery of the trip.
Written October 7, 2020
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kimmccar
Norwich, NY25 contributions
We decided to stop in for a glass or bottle because needing to make a reservation ahead of time for a flight was hard to do because of knowing exactly what time you could be there is difficult when on the trail. By the way they are the only ones on trail requiring you choose your flight before you even arrive. So we asked to sample a wine before purchasing the bottle and she reluctantly let us. She did not have the best customer service skills. They had some tables outside we could sit at to share our bottle but everything was in the sun and they did not have tents set up like other wineries to give some shade. Oh but wait they did have a tent set up but we could not sit there because that was only for people that did the $12 wine flights not for those that wanted to purchase a $20 plus bottle of wine to enjoy outside. They do have some nice wines I have enjoyed in the past but felt they were a little snooty and not accommodating. So we left for Thirsty Owl and always lovely there.
Written August 15, 2020
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KAG39
Pittsburgh PA302 contributions
Sheldrake was just down the road from our B&B. By the time we checked in and took a chance it was after 4:30 and they closed at 5:00 We were welcomed and seated. Several large parties were out on the lawn. We were given some water and we selected what flight we wanted and they had the option to add a 1/2 a glass of something if you wanted. The Twist to the Tasting! We opted to add one more into the tasting with the 1/2 glass option. I thought that was really nice "add on" to offer. There is almost always one on the list that you couldn't include in your flight/tasting. We selected our wines and it took a while for someone to come back to collect our list. A group of the gals were standing around chatting. Got our flight and add on. We saw other people come in after us and no one was rushed out once 5PM came which I was afraid of. Wines are a bit higher here than other wineries. Depending on your budget it may or may not be a good place for you to visit. We enjoyed what we tasted. Took some time to track down someone to bring us our bill so we could square up. I made notes and we thought maybe we would return during our stay to pick up a few bottles but never did. We did enjoy their Cab Sauv. Just disappointed the staff was too busy chatting with each other.But the 1/2 glass add on was unique.
Written September 15, 2021
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Archibald
Ithaca, NY3 contributions
This was not a good experience. Sheldrake Point is a very poorly executed, expensive, and pretentious winery. The wines themselves seemed exceedingly watery, not pleasant to drink, and of poor quality. I must say, they tasted terrible. The service was decent, but I did not see the same knowledge in each of the servers for their wines, that I saw at other wineries. I also did not appreciate their pre-made wine flights. I wanted to try a variety of wines of my own choosing, and they would not accommodate my request. I must say, this was not the best experience and I would recommend AGAINST visiting Sheldrake Point. I believe your money will be better spent elsewhere, since there are so many other winery options available!
Written July 5, 2021
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stevenwM4132BY
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We stayed at the Driftwood Inn (great place), so we were able to walk to this winery. The view was beautiful and some of their expensive wines were very good. However, the tasting experience was not the best. We are new to wine tasting and was given very little guidance. We picked our wine and each glass had very little wine and no crackers or anything to eat between glasses. Since this was our first wine tasting, we thought maybe this was normal. However, all other wineries we have gone to since gave us more wine in each glass and crackers or something to eat between tastings.
Written September 24, 2021
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lehism
Irondequoit, NY4 contributions
There were 12 of us split up into groups of 6 for the wine tastings on Saturday 6/27/2020. From the reservation system to check-in and wine tasting options (by the glass or bottles and soon flights again), everything went smoothly. We chose here because of the selection and quality. Everything was tasty! We would definitely go back! Thank you, Christine!
Written July 5, 2020
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Thank you so much for your sharing your experience. We are so happy to hear that you were able to enjoy our wines again with us here on the property in this new service landscape we have entered. We look forward to hosting you again. Cheers!
Written July 9, 2020
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Scenic746488
22 contributions
Couples
We bought three bottles of their red wines because they were kind enough to let us park our camper free - they belong to Harvest Hosts. The woman in the winery was very pleasant. Having been disappointed by wines produced in the Finger Lakes region, our expectations were low. But we were very pleasantly surprised! Very good wines. Their Meritage reserve was particularly good -dry, earthy, pleasant finish. Very “quaffable”. Beautiful grounds.
Written May 26, 2021
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Jennifer LP
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Friends
This winery had beautiful views and beautiful grounds, but unfortunately their wines and service were not. It was a busy day and we were cattled into the bar for a tasting. We wanted to sit outside since it was beautiful so our wines were poured with no description of the wines and the server wrote the names of the wines on our glasses with a Sharpie pen that we couldn't even read. I rarely ever leave a glass of wine with anything in it, but we did not enjoy the wines here as well and didn't even finish our tasting. If you're looking for a great view and pretty grounds this is your place, if you're looking for good wines and service this is not.
Written October 11, 2020
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  • Wed - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM