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is the deepest of the 11 Finger Lakes. With a maximum depth of 600 feet, this 35-mile-long body of water in the heart of New York wine country does not freeze. Instead, it acts as a heat storage unit, warming the growing region year round. This warming effect is largely responsible for the success of the area’s flourishing wine industry. With more than 30 wineries, the Seneca Lake AVA sprawls across 204,600 acres, with 3,700 acres under vine. Best known for its Riesling, the area also produces a range of other wines that are earning international recognition. The region hosts the successful Seneca Lake Winery Trail, which encircles the entire lake. The eighth appellation in New York State, Seneca Lake is one of the most recent AVAs approved by the BATF in North America. Effective September 2, 2003, local wineries were permitted to display this designation on their labels. At the lake head is Geneva’s agricultural experiment station, responsible for many of the commercially successful hybrid varieties Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Seneca Lake View all

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

Popular Wineries in Seneca Lake View all

  • Castel Grisch Estate Winery

    Welcome to Castel Grisch, one of the most unique properties in central New York. Incorporated on ...

  • Torrey Ridge Winery

    Located on the West side of New York's beautiful Seneca Lake, you will enjoy one of the most pano...

  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards

    Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, located on Seneca Lake, was named one of America’s Top 25 Tasting Rooms i...

  • White Springs Estate Farm Winery

    White Springs Winery is located just south of the City of Geneva on Route 14. The spacious 5300 ...

  • Atwater Estate Vineyards

    Atwater Estate Vineyards and Winery is located on the southeastern shore of Seneca Lake in the...

  • Leidenfrost Vineyards

    Leidenfrost Vineyards is found in the heart of the Finger Lakes in New York State on the southeas...

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Seneca Lake on Snooth

  • Newt Cellars Blue Newt White NV

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    Wine review by courtalones


  • Wagner Red Bordeaux Blend Seneca Lake Meritage 2007

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    Wine review by rich4a1


  • Red Newt Cellars Red Blend Finger Lakes Viridescens NV

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    This is possibly one of the worst wines I have ever drank. We had a bottle given to us as a gift. It has no legs and is really light in colour, with a mild berry flavour. It has an almost syntheti aftertaste. Both me and my wife, after sharing a bottle both had the worst headaches the following day. We are both wine drinkers and never suffer lik... Read More

    Wine review by winobrit


  • Lamoreaux Landing Riesling Seneca Lake Dry 2010

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    A bit thin. Citrusy. Decent riesling. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Fall for Finger Lakes Wines  September 9, 20125:00pm-8:00pmPalo Santo Restaurant652 Union Street * Brooklyn, NY(between 4th and 5th Ave / R train to Union Street)718-636-6311 $30 in advance / $40 at the door(price includes all wines and tapas)New York State's largest wine producing region is just hours outside New York City in the hills surround... Read More

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  • Atwater Estate Riesling Bubble NV

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    This is delightful really well chilled with a few chunks of fresh, ripe peach to scoop out. Perfect with many types of food. Read More

    Wine review by atwater wines


  • Atwater Estate Vineyards Dry Riesling 2010

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    The nose showed lemon pith, peach, salty grating cheese, minerals and wet stones. On the palate, it was crisp with a citrusy acidic bite and flavors of green apple and lemon. I found great balance here with the perfect mix of ripe fruit and mouthwatering acidity. The finish was clean and crisp with a lingering note of tart apple and lemon. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Lamoreaux Landing Riesling Seneca Lake Dry 2008

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    Pours a bright clear light golden color. Nice aromas of light fruit such as apricots/peaches/apples. Starts off with a nice amount of green apple and peaches. In the middle, more of the same with some citrus undertones. Finishes with more peaches and apples. Has a light body that leaves a light fruit taste on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by steve16046


  • Mile's Wine Cellars Port Blend Seneca Lake Call Me a Cab

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    Wine review by wright2


  • Wagner Vineyards Niagra NV

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    Wine review by wright2


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