Trail of Wine and Food – New York Cayuga and East Seneca

Spending five weeks together driving across America is a great test of a marriage. We have always done everything together – just not four hundred miles a day for so many days. The results were a stronger relationship, so many more memories together, shared delight in the God moments we witnessed, and a greater appreciation for the beauty of and freedoms enjoyed in America. This was our 2023 journey. We hope you will plan your own…

The Finger Lakes region focuses on the view of the lake and the different microclimates of the lake effect. On the East side of Seneca we found more vineyards than on the West side.

Swedish Hill – 4565 State Route 414, Romulus, NY, 607-403-0029, Lovely outside deck. Wine tasting comes with a cookie.

Six Eighty – 3050 Swick Rd., Ovid, NY 14521, 315-530-2663, – Great example of how the friendly hospitality can make dedicated customers. This boutique winery provided a charcuterie board with our tasting, generous tasting and explanations, diverse winemaking techniques in terracotta, concrete, and sandstone. It was very interesting. They have a new tasting room opening in 2024.

Sheldrake Point Winery – 7448 County Rd 153, Ovid, NY 14521, www.sheldrakepointcom – Lovely property with modern tasting room and personal tasting guide.

Chateau LaFayette Reneau – GodThing! We drove by this. Since it was off the main road, so we almost did not visit. But something told us to stop so we did and we were glad we did. It was the most beautiful view of the lake that we had the entire trip. They had a loving patio balcony area that provided a stunning view of Seneca. There is no manmade attraction as beautiful as God’s creation. 5081 NY-414, Hector, NY 14841,

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Wagner is a historic winery worth the visit. 

Some of our fondest travel meals have been in room picnics. We stopped at Wegmans’ for cheese, salad, and sushi. We already had bread, cake, and wine. Our fav type of picnic!

Overall we came away with great appreciation for the Germanic whites and sparkling wines. The most popular reds are Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir. They are a light to medium body style with bright fruit flavors.

There are many wineries from which to choose. All are nice and hospitable.

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