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Cayuga Wine Trail questions

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Cayuga Wine Trail questions

My sister and I would like to visit some wineries in August, and I have lots of questions!

1. We'll be camping at Robert H. Treman State Park, can we go around Cayuga Lake and hit all the wineries listed on the trail map in one day?

2. We'll have a driver, but we have to go on a weekend. Are Saturdays crazy busy at the wineries in August?

3. How much do tastings cost, on average?

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1. Re: Cayuga Wine Trail questions

You could hit a good selection of wineries on one lake in a day, but probably not all. If dry, properly made table wine is your focus, you can safely skip about half of the places anyway. Saturday can be crazy busy, but Cayuga tends not to be as bad as Seneca in this respect. The tastings run from free to a few dollars, with some places having extra charges for the expensive stuff (e.g. Sheldrake Point used to charge a dollar or two per taste of the reserve or late harvest wines).

My choices would be Thirsty Owl, Sheldrake and Hosmer on the west side and then Heart & Hands and Treleaven/Kings Ferry on the East side. There are more places along the west side, mostly due to the history of the wine industry in the Finger Lakes.

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2. Re: Cayuga Wine Trail questions

Thanks so much. We're really out for having a good time, more than we want to taste wine. So if it's really busy, we'll just skip a place. :)

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3. Re: Cayuga Wine Trail questions

If you get on the road early and are on a whirlwind pace, you can hit *most* of the wineries on Cayuga Lake. But not all, and you need lunch. Don't forget lunch!

Saturdays can be busy, but not ridiculous, so don't worry.

Check the Friday hours at Six Mile Creek, closest to Ithaca- you can knock that Friday afternoon/early evening if you are lucky. And many of the wineries have Friday night fun in the summer- check out King Ferry, Buttonwood and Americana to see what they have listed. Could be fun.

You can also plan to end up at Taughannock Falls State Park- they have concerts in the park on Saturday nights in the summer- lots of fun, and there is wine available.

Plan for $3-5 per person per winery. Grape juice usually available for DDs. Or check out the Vino Visa book $15 per person, and has some free tasting coupons- but not every winery offers a free tasting. cayugawinetrail.com/events/385/vino-visa-cou… i don't think it is as good of a value as the Seneca Lake wine tasting passports, but it might be just what you are looking for :)

Tastings always free at Lucas.

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4. Re: Cayuga Wine Trail questions

OttoCal-that's very helpful. Thanks so much.

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