Photo courtesy - Cayuga Lake Wine Trai
Photo courtesy – Cayuga Lake Wine Trai

Wine trails are as much about the scenery, ambiance, food and experience as they are the wine in the glass. That is why Finger Lakes Wine Country in New York is garnering the attention of wine aficionados and travel agents. If you are looking for a road trip, the three wine trails in this region just might fit the bill giving you three really good reasons to visit.

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail , Seneca Lake Wine Trail and Keuka Lake Wine Trail each feature wineries and vineyards on rolling hills that overlook their respective lakes. Each trail is unique with food pairing events, spectacular scenery and fine wine.

Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is the longest running wine trail in the United States. Each of the 16 member wineries are planning special events throughout the year as part of the anniversary celebration including a Wine & Herb Festival in April. Along this trail you will find not only award-winning wineries, but also a cidery, distilleries and a meadery.

Photo courtesy - Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
Photo courtesy – Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

“The Cayuga Wine Trial is celebrating 30 years of bringing people and wine together,” said Ruth Lucas of Lucas Vineyards. “As one of the original members of the Cayuga Wine Trail, Lucas Vineyards never imagined the impact the Finger Lakes would have as a world class wine region.”

To commemorate the 30 year milestone, Cayuga Lakes Wine Trail is offering a commemorative 30th anniversary wine glass with the purchase of a Vino Visa coupon book ($15) containing complimentary tastings and discounts at winery gift shops.

Seneca Lake Wine Trail
The Seneca Lake Wine Trail has more than 30 member wineries offering many types of experiences from cheese pairing events and even pairings specifically for pasta or chocolate. Enjoying the wine tastings around beautiful Seneca Lake enhances the experience for trail visitors.

This popular trail offers two passport programs for frequent visitors. The Polar Passport ($12, valid through the end of March) and the Riesling to Visit Passport ($18, valid April-July, 2013) offering complimentary tastings at participating wineries. It is a perfect way to hit the many wineries on this trail throughout several visits.

Goose Watch Winery overlook - photo courtesy Gallagher Landscape Prints
Goose Watch Winery overlook – photo courtesy Gallagher Landscape Prints

Keuka Lake Wine Trail
The smallest of the three wine trails, Keuka Lake Wine Trail offers a memorable wine experience among its seven member wineries. Scattered around the Y-shaped lake, each winery has unique character and provides visitors with distinct experiences at each. There are themed events throughout the year along the trail.

Event highlights include Viva Italia in April, Keuka in Bloom in May and the Harvest Celebration of Food and Wine in September.

When it comes to memorable wine trails, there are many reasons why Finger Lakes Wine County gets high marks. The attention to detail when it comes to the experience of visitors is top-notch. From lodging accommodations and breathtaking scenery to regularly changing themes along the trails. It is the full wine trail experience.