Wine Tasting On The West Side Of Seneca Lake

Wine Tasting On The West Side Of Seneca Lake


Wine Tasting On The West Side Of Seneca Lake

Our Wine Tasting On The West Side Of Seneca Lake experience! Seneca Lake is one of the Finger Lakes in the west-central section of New York State. The Finger Lakes Wine Country is home to almost 100 wineries, breweries and distilleries centered around Keuka, Seneca, and Cayuga lakes.

When Hubby and I take Max to Cornell, we had a lot of free time to spend in the Ithaca area. In July, we investigated the vineyards around Cayuga Lake. In August, we decided to visit wineries on the the eastern side of Seneca Lake.

Seneca Lake


This trip we stayed a good 90 minutes away from Cornell on Seneca Lake in the beautiful little town of Geneva, NY.

Seneca Lake


I snapped a few photos of Seneca Lake when we left our hotel last Wednesday. Notice the paraglider in the upper right!

Red Tail Ridge Winery


That is the entrance to the Red Tail Ridge Winery.

Red Tail Ridge Winery


Once we passed through the gates, this was the view from our vehicle!

Red Tail Ridge Winery


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The grapes were being harvested as they were hanging heavy on the vines. Every type of grape is labeled.

Red Tail Ridge Winery


Red Tail Ridge Winery


The vats can be seen through those windows as you get closer to the building!

The tasting was $3 for 6 tastes, and I really enjoyed most of them! We purchased (2) Semi-Sweet Riesling ($13.85), (1) Barrel Fermented Chardonnay ($15.95), (2) Blaufrankish ($22.95). The prices listed reflect a 5% discount for purchasing 5-7 bottles.

The Red Tail Ridge Winery is dog friendly, and there is a pet area located across from the tasting room. They do not accept buses or limos.

White Springs Winery


White Springs Winery


White Springs Winery


The White Springs Winery has an extraordinary view. This was an extremely large tasting room, and though early in the day, the one (!) person pouring had her hands full. The cost of a tasting was $3 per person, and you had 6 tastes.

Hubby liked these wines better than I did, and I honestly do not know what he purchased.

Billsboro Winery


The Billsboro Winery entrance leads to winding dirt road where parking is at a premium. I’d hate to be driving a truck up there, I have no idea how you’d turn around!!

White Springs Winery


The barn is definitely rustic. The tasting fee is $3 for 6 tastings, and an option for wine and chocolate pairing (4 wines, 4 chocolates), is available for $6 per person. We purchased (1) Riesling ($17) and (1) Apres ($23) which both Hubby and I liked very much.

Fox Run Vineyards


There were not many food options on the west side of Seneca Lake. Hubby and I ended up having lunch at the Fox Run Vineyards. They have a small cafe, and while the selection is limited, the food was quite good.

Since I know I don’t care for Fox Run wines, we skipped the tastings.

Fox Run Vineyards


The view is exceptional, both front and back. The back patio overlooks the vineyards for those that would like to enjoy their food or drink there. We sat at the front of the building which offered a spectacular view of Seneca Lake.

Next month I expect we will avoid the wineries. Hubby and I hauled 5 cases of wine down to the racks the basement last weekend, and there are still a few cases of wine left upstairs. Even though we very much enjoy New York State wines, there is only so much two people can drink!


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When we take Max to Cornell, we have a day – day and a half of downtime. We’ve spent some time in wineries, some time antiquing, some time seeing the sights, and some time exploring the local stores.

Hubby loves Amish and Mennonite stores, and there are quite a few in the Finger Lakes areas. I am willing to go into a few stores, but honestly there is only so much shopping I can take.

Last week Hubby was on his fourth Amish store of the day when I decided to wait it out in the car. I figure I’d play on my phone, and not heavy sigh-him into leaving early. The place was really just an enclosure and not selling any of the Amish quilts or furniture that interest me.

About 5 minutes after Hubby went into the store, he called me to come in. He just “knew” I would love the joint.

So, I walk in and the lady that owns the store is wandering about the place, and Hubby is the only customer. I head down the side aisle with him and whisper, “It smells funny in here.”

To which he responds, “That’s the smell of value!”

As I stare at him he continues, “Boy, baking products and power tools, if ever there was a store for me, this is it.”

He also pointed out the irony of an Amish store (no power in the place) selling power tools, as well as the fact that there is no way to test them.

And he wonders why I don’t like to shop with him.


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