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Seneca Lake

The Middle Finger Lake

Seneca Lake is one of the central lakes, and might be the most well known. It certainly gets a lot of attention with Geneva on the north end and Watkins Glen on the south, and over 30 wineries in it’s vicinity. I’ve nick named it the “middle finger” not as a representation of its character (or the character of the people and places around the lake) but simply because its pretty much right there in the middle.

The Water

Seneca Lake is 38 miles long, and is always said to be “too cold”, as it is the deepest of the Finger Lakes (617 feet). Like the other Finger Lakes, Seneca is surrounded by beauty in the form of productive vineyards, gorgeous views, and long lake roads. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail has entertaining events through the year and often times, they sell completely out.

Wineries of Seneca Lake

Burdett is just north of Watkins Glen on the East Side of Seneca Lake (view map).
Catharine Valley Winery – Burdett
Chateau Lafayette Reneau – Burdett
Damiani Wine Cellars – Burdett
J.R. Dill Winery – Burdett
Silver Springs Winery – Burdett

Caywood is about a third of the way up on the East side of Seneca Lake (view map).
Caywood Vineyards – Caywood

Dundee is about a third of the way up from Watkins Glen on the west side of Seneca Lake (view map).
Fruit Yard Winery – Dundee
Fulkerson Winery & Juice Plant – Dundee
Glenora Wine Cellars – Dundee
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard – Dundee
Hickory Hollow/Highland Cellars – Dundee
Starkey’s Lookout – Dundee
Villa Bellangelo – Dundee
Woodbury Vineyards – Dundee

Geneva is at the very North send of Seneca Lake (view map).
Belhurst Winery – Geneva (west)
Billsboro Winery – Geneva (west)
Lacey Magruder Vineyard and Winery – Geneva (east)
Nagy’s New Land Vineyard & Winery – Geneva (east)
Passion Feet Vineyard & Wine Barn – Geneva (east)
Rogue’s Hollow Winery – Geneva (east)
Stony Lonesome Wine Cellars – Geneva (east)
Ventosa Vineyards – Geneva (east)
White Springs Winery – Geneva (west)
Zugibe Vineyards – Geneva (east)

Hector is north of Watkins Glen on the East side of Seneca Lake (view map).
Atwater Estate Vineyards – Hector
Bloomer Creek Vineyard – Hector
Forge Cellars @ Hector Wine Company – Hector
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards & Winery – Hector
Hector Wine Company – Hector
Leidenfrost Vineyards – Hector
Logan Ridge Estates – Hector
Penguin Bay Winery & Champagne House – Hector
Rasta Ranch Vineyards – Hector
Red Newt Cellars – Hector
Ryan William Vineyard – Hector
Tickle Hill Winery – Hector

Himrod is nearly half way up on the west side of Seneca Lake (view map).
Four Chimneys Organic Winery – Himrod
Heron Hill on Seneca Lake – Himrod
Miles Wine Cellars – Himrod
Shaw Vineyard – Himrod

Lodi is about half way down on the East side of Seneca Lake (view map).
Boundary Breaks – Lodi
Eremita Winery – Lodi
King’s Garden Vineyards – Lodi
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellar – Lodi
Shalestone Vineyards – Lodi
Silver Thread Vineyard – Lodi
Wagner Winery and Brewery – Lodi

Penn Yan is about half way between Geneva and Watkins Glen on the west side of Seneca Lake (view map).
Anthony Road Wine Company – Penn Yan
Fox Run Vineyards – Penn Yan
Monello – Penn Yan, NY
Prejean Winery – Penn Yan
Red Tail Ridge – Penn Yan
Seneca Shore Medieval Wines – Penn Yan
Serenity Vineyards – Penn Yan
Torrey Ridge Winery – Penn Yan

Rock Stream is just north of Watkins Glen on the west side of Seneca Lake (view map).
Arcadian Estate Vineyards – Rock Stream
Magnus Ridge Winery – Rock Stream
Pompous Ass Winery – Rock Stream
Rock Stream Vineyards – Rock Stream

Watkins Glen is on the very south end of Seneca Lake (view map).
Castel Grisch Estate Winery – Watkins Glen
Lakewood Vineyards – Watkins Glen
Seneca Harbor Wine Center – Watkins Glen

Valois is about a third of the way up from Watkins Glen on the East side of Seneca Lake (view map).
Bagley’s Poplar Ridge Vineyards – Valois
Standing Stone Vineyards – Valois


Claire Duffett writes on the Times Union (Albany, NY) Blog:

Seneca Lake is 10 miles west, and another college town buttresses its northernmost point. Geneva is home to Hobart & William Smith College and is quieter than Ithaca, but with many of the same charms: a shimmering lake, greenery and historic old buildings with a colonial, academic feel. Of the many restaurants in town, the standouts include Red Dove Tavern, a cozy, locavore bistro with a rotating menu of seasonal small plates and a killer Saturday brunch; Ports Café, a lake-view, white tablecloth affair with great seafood; and The Belhurst, a hotel and restaurant inside a lakeside castle that dwarfs the other mansions in the area.Seneca Lake offers so many great wineries that it feels disingenuous to recommend just one — find your favorite by exploring is the best way to taste a range of wines and meet local characters. One standout is Miles Wine Cellars with lovely owners, Doug and Suzie. There is an adjacent inn, stunning lake views, and a restaurant focused on homemade soups and appetizers. Pair your meal with a fantastic white blend called “Ghost,” named after the dancing lovers that allegedly haunt this Greek revival mansion.