In 2015, the Finger Lakes Region was named among the “Top 10 Wine Travel Destinations in the World.”
Of the more than 100 wineries in the Finger Lakes Region, Seneca County is home to the largest concentration of those wineries and welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year to the area dubbed as “Sonoma of the East.”
Our local wineries have built solid reputations from international wine competitions and consistently receive top awards for their diverse selections – including Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Ice Wines. Among the most prominent of all Finger Lakes varietals is Riesling. The region produces some 220,000 cases each year. The cool climate grape thrives in the region’s ideal growing conditions – a feature left by glacial activity more than 10,000 years ago.
Although the Finger Lakes region has made a name for itself in the wine industry, Seneca County is also home to a popular and rapidly growing craft beverage industry.
As the sixth largest beer producing state in the country (with more than 860,000 barrels of production each year), New York has become a preferred destination for craft beer makers and visitors alike. In fact, nearly 30% of all the state’s breweries are found in the Finger Lakes region where they enjoy access to abundant fresh water, locally grown hops, malted barley and other ingredients.
The rise to prominence in both wines and beer has also spurred a wealth of other craft beverage products as well. Seneca County’s Finger Lakes Region is capitalizing on some of the area’s finest artisan cider makers and apple growers. Their ever-growing product offerings are the perfect complement to the region’s wine and beer trails. In addition, distilleries also offer a unique blend of flavor and spice to the local beverage scene – making Seneca County, the Northern Finger Lakes Gateway, an ideal destination for craft beverage of all styles and colors.