Interested in visiting one or two wineries on your own? Laura has selected some amazing tasting experiences at some of the best wineries in the Finger Lakes. These are not your standard wine tastings. They are recommended tasting experiences featuring quality wine and personalized service that is levels above one you would typically get at a winery.
You build your itinerary by selecting a morning, afternoon, and lunch experience on the lake of your choosing. How you get to your appointments is up to you. These itineraries are designed to provide you the highest quality experience at each location. They are longer and more in-depth than a regular tasting, so we recommend selecting two wine tasting experiences and lunch. This is the best way to truly get the most out of your personally-curated day in the Finger Lakes.
Red Newt Cellars Winery & Bistro: (East Seneca Lake) Founded in 1998 by David and Debra Whiting, this combined winery and bistro offers both spectacular wines and fresh, locally-sourced cheese and charcuterie boards. 3675 Tichenor Road, Hector, NY 14841 (607) 546 4100. $$ Reservations accepted. Open year-round – Open daily 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Stonecat Café: (East Seneca Lake) Cool and relaxed, this café features local produce and meats, with the specialty of the house being their smoked fish and meats. 5315 State Route 414 Hector, NY 14841 (607)-546-5000. $$ Reservations accepted. Seasonal – Check the restaurant website for hours.
Dano’s Heuriger on Seneca: (East Seneca Lake)Modeled on a centuries-old Viennese tradition, America’s first heuriger (Hoy-rig-ger) combines the traditional Viennese Winery Restaurant concept with the region’s award-winning wines and the superb Viennese-inspired cooking and desserts. 9564 Route 414 Lodi, NY 14860, (607)-582-7555. $$ Reservations accepted. Open year-round; Only open for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Elf In The Oak: (East Seneca Lake) Homemade specialty sandwiches, soups, salads, and baked goods made to order. 4221 State Route 414 Hector, NY 14841 (607)-546-4641. $ Seasonal – Check the restaurant website for hours.
FLX Wienery: (West Seneca Lake) The FLX Wienery is the special eatery project of couple Christopher Bates & Isabel Bogadtke. Christopher is a Master Sommelier and Isabel was awarded Best Service in the World by Mobil Travel Guide. Among other items, their menu features house-made sausages, freshly-ground burgers, and hand-cut fries and chips. 5090 State Route 14, Dundee, Starkey, NY 14837, (607) 243-7100, $ Walk-in only. Open year-round; Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Veraisons Restaurant: (West Seneca Lake) With menus that change with the seasons, Veraisons proudly sources ingredients from over 30 farms in the Finger Lakes and throughout New York state. Located at the Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars, 5435 NY-14, Dundee, NY 14837, (800) 243-5513, $$ Reservations accepted. Open year-round – Open daily from 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Simply Cookie’s Kitchen: Regional Chef, Cookie Wheeler offers comfort foods with a twist in the courtyard of Treleaven Wines 658 Lake Road, King Ferry, NY 13081 (315)-364-5100. $ Reservations accepted. Open year round, Wednesdays – Sundays.
Fargo Bar and Grill: Quiet and cozy bar and grill in beautiful Aurora, NY with a great view and even better food 384 Main Street, Aurora, NY 13026 (315)-364-8006. $ Online orders for pick-up or in-person dining. Open daily, 11 AM – 8 PM.
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